ICAS campus ambassadors 2019-2020
Our ICAS Campus Ambassadors are there to promote a career in chartered accountancy to students at their universities. The role includes promoting and attending the Become a Chartered Accountant (CA) recruitment events, publicising ICAS on social media, and acting as the ICAS point of contact on campus.
University students who are interested in finding out more about the CA qualification and how to become a CA can ask their ICAS Campus Ambassador for more information.
"A hard-working and motivated student with a love for problem-solving and a drive for success. Transitioning into the third year of Accounting with Finance at the University of Glasgow. Aside from finance, I enjoy keeping active and I am a member of Glasgow University Judo Club and hope to earn my black belt before I graduate."
Abdillah Mahfoudh, 3rd Year Accounting with Finance student at the University of Glasgow
"I’m studying Accounting with Finance at the University of Glasgow and I have just completed my second year. I also work part time in retail and volunteer with GUSH (Glasgow University’s Service to the Homeless) regularly. I have also recently been appointed treasurer for GUSH. Just a few weeks ago I actually became involved with a research project through the university that is interestingly about ICAS members as a second job for the summer. Outside of university I go to the gym, go out with friends and attend concerts as often as possible. I have also recently taken a huge interest in travelling as much as I can as I love exploring new cities; I managed to visit Amsterdam, Berlin and Prague last year and have Budapest booked for later this summer."
David Laird, 3rd Year Accounting with Finance student at the University of Glasgow
"Hi, my name is Eryn. I am currently in my fourth year of an Accountancy degree at the University of Glasgow. I chose this degree as Maths and Business were two of my strongest subjects at school. My desire to become a CA was reaffirmed after completing and thoroughly enjoying two successful internships – firstly with Consilium Chartered Accountants in 2018 and then with ICAS. I am currently applying for graduate positions and I look forward to starting my CA training. I really enjoy exploring new places, having spent time travelling Europe, Asia and the East Coast of Australia. One of my favourite memories has been snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef and I plan on going to America next summary before beginning my graduate position!"
Eryn Paterson, 4th Year Accountancy student at the University of Glasgow
"I left school with good grades and worked in the pensions sector however, after a few years I decided I would like to further my education. I always enjoyed accounts at school and chose to do an HND in Accounting, which then led me to apply to university. I’m now studying Accounting and Business Law at the University of Strathclyde and will be entering into my Honours year in September 2019. I have work placements throughout summer which will help me gain some practical experience. Once I’ve graduated, I hope to secure a graduate position and work towards completing the ICAS qualification to become a Chartered Accountant. Outside of my studies, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. We often go on walks or go to the cinema."
Fiona Mulder, 4th Year Accounting and Business Law student at the University of Strathclyde
"My name is Gordon Strachan and I am from Edinburgh. I’m 20 years old and I am currently studying for an Accounting and Business MA (Hons) degree at Edinburgh University. I chose to study this degree because I really enjoyed accountancy and maths at school as well as a week’s work experience at Deloitte. I also feel the subjects interlink perfectly in the current financial world. Ultimately, I aspire to become a Chartered Accountant and would like the challenge of working in cohesion with a business. I joined the accountancy pals scheme at university to help 1st year students with their studies once a week. This contributed to an Edinburgh award that I achieved for 50 hours of volunteering and it allowed me to give something back to the younger students. I have also joined the university intramural football league playing once a week for the business society team allowing me to keep fit and socialise with new students. Having been lucky enough to be selected for a Norwegian sea kayaking expedition at school in 2016, this summer I am looking forward to going on a three-week budget interrailing trip around Europe."
Gordon Strachan, 3rd Year Accounting and Business student at the University of Edinburgh
"I am an Accounting student at the University of Stirling. I grew up as a lone child always very mature for my age, enjoyed getting involved in various sporting activities when I was younger taking the joy from the challenges faced and achievements earned. That has continued into adulthood and university life where I continue to find new challenges at the gym and other sporting activities to balance out studying. I am currently working as a Finance Executive Intern with Skyscanner in Edinburgh gaining experience in the finance sector and building my CV. My decision to study accounting wasn’t something I had always planned but felt it was an exciting opportunity to allow myself to create a stable and successful career. My experience studying Accountancy has been challenging but rewarding, what has surprised me most is the range of options available to those within the profession and the ability to build and adapt skills to all areas of business. As I continue to grow and explore the world of accounting I want to advise and support those who are starting to study accounting who maybe unsure of what the future hold for them."
Jordan Moore, 4th Year Accountancy student at the University of Stirling
“I am currently studying Business Management MA at the University of Edinburgh. I decided to pursue this degree as I thoroughly enjoy studying business and strongly believe it will provide me with the necessary skills to pursue a career in the business world. As a second-year student, I am nearly half way through my time at university and am still open to the significant amount of career opportunities that lie ahead. I am a leader in a peer assisted learning programme at university, passing on skills and knowledge to new students - I find a great amount of enjoyment and satisfaction in this work and feel it has been beneficial in developing my own skills too. Outside of university I am a keen sailor and qualified as an instructor when I was 16 years old. I also enjoy many outdoor activities and live a very active life. Recently I visited Hong Kong and I find this to be a huge source of motivation, as it opened my eyes to the possibilities of my future. By working with ICAS I have the opportunity to learn more about career options and what the future holds for me.”
Lewis Watson, 2nd Year Business Management student at the University of Edinburgh
"I am currently moving into 4th year of MA (Hons) Accountancy and Finance at Heriot Watt. Having excelled during my HND at college I managed to jump directly into 3rd year at university. I have a strong ambition to pursue a career in Accountancy which stems from its focus on the application of problem solving and analytical skills. I am currently doing an internship at AH&Co Ltd Chartered Accountants which has allowed me to gain work experience, which I have really enjoyed so far. Having this experience has really driven me more to become a CA and I look forward to what the future holds. I have recently joined the ICAS Foundation and have already benefitted from meeting with my mentor, who is a Chartered Accountant, and attending the ICAS CA Dinner.
These opportunities to develop my professional network have made me even more motivated to become a chartered accountant."
Lucy Yule, 4th Year Accounting & Finance student at Heriot-Watt University
"I have always been interested in numbers and finance and knew it would be central to my career. After completing several work experience placements in the financial sector I decided accounting would be my chosen career path. Currently I am studying Accountancy at the University of Dundee with the aim to complete my chartered accounting training in a graduate role after university. I am really enjoying university and know I made the right decision for me. I am the treasurer of the Dundee Student Film Society where I help organise events as well as keep track of all the finances. In my summer breaks I work to save up so I can enjoy university and also go travelling. After working two jobs last summer, I am currently inter-railing through Europe and visiting 12 countries in a month. After my month away I will be working as an office assistant for Stenham Trustees Ltd on Alderney, Channel Islands."
Nikita Cooke, 3rd Year Accountancy student at the University of Dundee
"I am a 3rd year student at the University of Edinburgh, studying Accounting and Business. Throughout school, I always excelled in my business and maths studies which then propelled me to apply for an accounting course. So far, I have been surprised at how interesting the course has been, which has really helped me to get to grips with the current topics when revising. I have attended many accounting insight days and career events motivating me to hopefully become a chartered accountant in the future. The qualification can act as a business passport, opening many great opportunities around the world. I am currently part of the Business Intramural Football Team where we take on other students within the university involved in courses such as Maths, Economics and Medicine. This has been an amazing experience as I have made so many new friends while playing a sport I’ve enjoyed throughout my life. Throughout my time at university, I have been living at home and commuting to classes. This has been perfect as it has allowed me to keep in touch with my old friends at school while making new friends at university."
Sam Thompson, 3rd Year Accounting and Business student at the University of Edinburgh
"I started an undergraduate course in Accountancy at the University of Aberdeen in September 2018. I chose to study accountancy as I like numbers and problem solving and I believe it can lead to great career prospects. I also like to travel, I have been very fortunate that I have had the opportunity to visit many places with my family. When I complete my studies at university I would like to progress to a professional qualification in accountancy such as ICAS. An ICAS qualification would widen the opportunity to work abroad, something that I would love to do. I am also interested in sport and prior to moving to Aberdeen I coached young children in gymnastics for a number of years. Netball is a sport I really enjoy and continued to play when I reached university and joined the Aberdeen University Netball club."
Sarah Jamieson, 2nd Year Accountancy student at the University of Aberdeen