Five top tips for nominating a Young CA

YCAs 5 Top Tips
By Eleanor O'Neill, CA Today

18 February 2019

Do you want to recognise a CA for the ICAS Top Young CAs 2019 competition? Are you thinking of entering yourself? We have five tips for stand-out nominations.

1. Make sure they are eligible

We welcome entries from all locations, sectors and specialisms, as long as your candidate is aged 35 or under or due to be admitted to membership by 31 May 2019. Those still studying for the qualification are welcome to nominate peers who have already qualified.

You do not need to be a CA yourself in order to submit a nomination.

2. Cover all the bases

Make sure you fill out all the required fields of the entry form. You will be asked to create an web account if you don’t have one already.

Give careful consideration to which category you are submitting your nomination under and tailor the content of your entry to make the best impression.

If you are nominating yourself, you will be asked to confirm your availability for the awards ceremony and whether you also wish to be considered for the One Young CA 2019 award.

The nomination form should take around 10 minutes to complete. Including a photo is also recommended, though not compulsory.

3. Watch your word count

Think about the reasons you want to put yourself or the Young CA in question forward. What traits have defined your development and career. Are they inspiring? Ambitious? Enthusiastic? Innovative?

There is an upper word limit on the entry form, so make sure you highlight the achievements that make your nominee truly extraordinary.

4. Clear, concise, complimentary

Our judges are looking for the brightest young CAs who stand out from the crowd. To help achieve this, the entry form asks just one of the following:

  • Why do you think you should feature as an ICAS Top Young CA? (self-nomination) or
  • Why does this CA belong in the ICAS Top Young CAs of 2019 list? (peer nomination)

Use real-world examples to demonstrate how the Young CA credits the profession and make sure to tell us about the best qualities of your nominee in an authentic and positive way.

You might decide to explain how they have affected you personally, to talk about how they stand out in their company or what their achievements beyond their daily role have been.

If nominating yourself, think about how you use your CA skills to make a real difference to your company, a cause you are passionate about and to those around you.

5. Don't miss the deadline!

Entries for the Top  Young CAs 2019 close at midnight on Friday 15 March. Please make sure to submit your nominations by then and share the opportunity to celebrate Young CAs with your network.

Nominate a Young CA

Reminder: You must be nominated as a Top Young CA in order to be considered for One Young CA 2019.


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