A friend of my who is here in Abu Dhabi is thinking of doing a career change. They currently have a degree in Biology but with difficulty of jobs in this field is thinking of changing over to Finance or Accounting. They are currently unemployed and I would like your ideas/thoughts/advice on options available.

Considerations / thoughts so far...
- Distance Learning but not sure which Uni or course at present. Ideally a UK or Canadian one.
- Professional certification Vs Diploma. Not sure which ones appeal to employers more.
- Are there any reputed courses that award diplomas in Abu Dhabi ?
- Ideal course length no longer than a year.
- Any chance of emplyment (at this stage no exp in Finance either) whilst studying. Salary is not an issue, ie can accept low paying positions to gain experience whilst studying.
Thanks in advance