Zahrah Mahmood CA
When deciding on her future path, Zahrah Mahmood CA valued the employability and job security that the qualification added to her CV.
Shortly after graduating in 2012 with a BA Honours in Accountancy from Glasgow Caledonian University, I started the trainee program at Audit Scotland. I now also provide support to other young people as an ICAS Foundation mentor.
What makes you proud to be a CA?
Most interesting project?
Working at Audit Scotland, no day or week is the same as the previous, but as a Glaswegian my most interesting piece of work would have to be the Commonwealth Games audit. Seeing it in my hometown, my city and being a part of all the hype was just a really nice way to round it off.
Why did you choose to become a Chartered Accountant?
I wanted to be a pharmacist, but after work experience realised it wasn’t for me. So, I started exploring other options and found accountancy. I knew a few family members and friends in the field, they all spoke so highly of it and that convinced me to apply for university.
What do you do to look after your well-being?
I really enjoy hill-walking, especially in Scotland. I got into it while studying for my ICAS exams. It’s a great way to regroup and refocus and has so many physical benefits as well.
Any advice for potential trainees?
Studying with others helped me – from the social perspective and being able to bounce ideas off others. It’s not for everyone so find what works for you, but most importantly keep on top of it, there’s no room for cramming.