Mohamed Baah


Mohamed Baah had been familiar with accounting and double entry bookkeeping in his native Sierra Leone.  But computerised systems were new to him.

After moving to the UK in his late 20s, he was determined to develop his skills and become an accountant. He enrolled on the Accounting and Finance degree course at the University of Greenwich.

In the second year, he was delighted to discover that it offered the IAB Level 2 in Computerised Bookkeeping.

Mohamed, 35, from London, recalls: “I was interested in bookkeeping so when I got the opportunity to do Sage – basically bookkeeping in a computerised form – I was excited to enrol.

“I wasn’t familiar with computerisation at the beginning and it was challenging for me. But because I had worked on the basics of bookkeeping and double entry, that helped.

“Towards the end of the course, my fellow students were asking me to help them and we solved the questions together.”

Mohamed was aware that the IAB course would be a key stage in his career. “For future job prospects, I wanted a Sage qualification to make it easier to get a job.”

He enjoyed the course. “It was well structured, challenging and engaging. I understood the basics and it became easier as I got well into the course.”

He wishes he had been able to go on to study for the IAB Level 3 in Computerised Bookkeeping in his own time. But a combination of factors prevented him from doing so in his third year.

However, he has not abandoned the idea and intends to enrol for the Level 3 course as soon as he can.

Mohamed achieved a remarkable 99% in the IAB Level 2 exam. He went on to achieve a First in his degree and graduated in July 2017.

He now works in London and is studying for professional examinations that will lead to achieving his ambition of becoming a chartered certified accountant.

He is quick to praise the IAB course. “It has definitely helped me get a job,” he says. “I have seen so many job adverts where it’s a requirement. If you have this qualification, it puts you in a better place to get a job.

“It’s important for an accountant to know about bookkeeping. As far as I am concerned, it’s the backbone of accounting. Even if you go on to advanced finance and accounting, if you don’t have the basics or fundamentals, you will always struggle later on.”