Lisa Blum CA student
Lisa Blum never had accounting in her plans, but her analyitcal and problem-solving skills brought her to study for her CA qualification.
I currently work as an Assistant Finance Business Partner at Lloyd's Banking Group.
What firm did you do your CA training in?
I went to Edinburgh Napier University and graduated in 2020, studying International Business and French, and then decided to join Lloyd's Banking Group on their Finance Scotland graduate programme.
What attracted you to becoming a CA?
So, I didn't study accounting at university, and it was never part of my original career goals. Then I just thought about the skills that I have, and I realised that I have good analytical and problem-solving skills, so I wanted to find a career that allowed me to use them. Then what attracted me to ICAS in particular, is that the qualification is recognised worldwide. I've worked in Australia, New Zealand and Germany, as well as the UK.
What advice would you give to someone considering becoming a CA?
I think my main piece of advice would be to just take opportunities as they come. Absorb as much knowledge as you can and also just to ask questions - I think one key skill as a CA is to be inquisitive, and you can only be that if you ask questions.
What is the best thing about being a CA?
For me, the best thing about being a CA is the opportunities it opens up to you. Every industry and every business needs Chartered Accountants to be there, to help with decision making and to help guide the company. I like to know I can go to work and make a difference.
What is the best piece of career advice you've ever received?
The best piece of career advice I've received is to never stop learning. I know I'm still right in my current role when I'm still learning and still feel a bit out of my depth. And when I feel like I've stopped learning, I know it's time to move on.
What are you hobbies and interests outside of work?
Outside of work I'm actually a competitive powerlifter. I started about 2 years ago and I have recently started competing. For me it is one of the most important aspects in my life. It has got me through some tough and challenging times, including studying for the CA qualification. It is a really good outlet which helps me to clear my head and recharge to have the energy to keep going, and it also allows me to constantly improve myself and see progress every day, challenging myself and getting better.