London Lite Tuesday, 25 August 2009 25 wordsjamesday Education2009 Digyourstudentdigs Hi-specpadsincludeflatscreenTVs,ensuitesandwi-fi Becoming an accountant is the safe-bet career of the business world -- even Kenny g bagged himself an accountancy degree in case the saxophone thing didnt work out -- but if university doesnt appeal and youre desperate to cut your teeth in the real world, the Association of Accounting Technicians courses could be just the ticket. it is widely believed you need a degree to become a chartered accountant. However, by studying for an AAT qualification first, youll succeed faster than someone who goes to university. in addition, the average salary for a newly qualified accounting technician is higher than for a new graduate. But dont take our word for it. Sian Parkin, 19, from Yorkshire, is a trainee business adviser at one of the UKs leading accountancy firms, thanks to the AAT. She said: While studying for A-levels i was eager to find a vocational qualification that could teach me a wide range of skills and prepare me for a career in a way that university couldnt. i didnt feel higher education could offer me the training i needed and i was worried about the amount of debt id build up. i discovered AAT was the only professional qualification allowing me to progress on to chartered accountancy. my role allows me to study part-time, so i have time off work to attend college and sit exams. The benefits are that i get a qualification and gain work experience at the same time. my role involves working as a junior on a range of audit jobs, but i also get to try out other departments as well. check out aat.org.uk for more info or call 0845 863 0800. S tudent accommodation has come a long way since the days of the Young Ones. Luxuries such as en suite bathrooms and flatscreen televisions are now commonplace, according to the uKs largest provider of higher education accommodation. Our research shows customers are demanding high-specification accommoda- tion in central locations, especially in London, which is home to around a quarter of the uKs total student population, says nathan Goddard from unite, a property developer that specialises in student accommodation. Our new properties offer all the comforts students are used to at home, such as flatscreen televisions, internet access and contemporary furniture. Here are just some of the plush pads available in London, Leeds, edinburgh and Glasgow. Students can browse, organise a viewing and book a room by visiting unite-students. com or calling 0845 602 9980. Figuringoutacareer inaccountancy... Head start: an AAT course lets you start earning while you study Themealdeal:Litestop3studenteats BAKED JAcKEt potAto with BEAns AnD chEEsE A classic that is as tasty as it is cheap. Add a dash of Tabasco if you like it spicy. tunA pAstA BAKE Cook and drain penne or fusilli, mix in a can of tomato soup and a can of tuna and scatter grated cheese over the top. Bake in the oven until cheese is golden brown. If you feel fancy, crumble stale breadcrumbs on top before baking for extra crunch. spAghEtti BolognAisE (pictured) Okay, so economy mince can be a bit fatty, but you can drain off any excess fat before you add your tomato sauce. Parmesan is pricey but a scattering of grated cheddar will taste just as nice. London Woburn PLace (from 213 per week) Live in the same Bloomsbury streets as Charles Dickens and WB Yeats in this development. Some of the flats come with panoramic views over the city. London canto court (from 264 per week) Premium studio apartments in scenesterville Shoreditch, with on-site laundry, twice-monthly cleaning service and a large outside courtyard. Leeds sky PLaza (from 113 per week) The 37-storey building boasts great views of the city with an on-site gym and a shop opening this autumn. All kitchens come with washer- dryers. edinburgh chaLmers street (from 145 per week) Properties in this brand-new building back on to stunning city park The Meadows. There is also on-site bike storage, plus common areas. gLasgoW gibson street (from 109 per week) Live in the citys buzzing West End district -- all rooms have a sleek, contemporary design and come with en suite bathrooms, and internet is included. Dealingwithlandlords 1When viewing privately rented accommodation, speak to the current residents about their experiences with the landlord. 2ReAd through the tenancy agreement thoroughly before signing it. Agree on the length of the contract and ask questions. 3MOsT landlords ask you to pay a deposit. since April 2007, deposits paid have to be protected under a Tenancy deposit Protection scheme. This stops landlords from wrongly withholding funds. 4deMAnd an inspection of the property so you can highlight any existing damage -- you dont want to be blamed at the end of the lease. This should be documented. 5Ask for an inventory of whats in the flat and check through it. 6COnTACT your universitys housing office, shelter or the Citizens Advice Bureau if you have any issues. Landlord: Rising Damps Rigsby index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html