Guidance for third year CA students to help with the challenges and issues

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Most of the hard work has been done and the goal appears within reach. You’re in the final stages of your training to be a chartered accountant. Congratulations.

However, this transition period brings its own unique issues, challenges and opportunities so we’ve put together some pointers to help and advise you as you head towards being a newly qualified CA.

Complete your achievement log

Clearly, the best approach would have been to keep it up to date as you went along. If that’s what you’ve been doing, fantastic. All you have to do is complete the final bits before you can get your training contract signed off.

If that’s not how it’s been for you, tackle it as soon as you can – don’t leave it until the last minute. Here are some dos and don'ts.

Use the checklist

There are a number of things you need to do before you can be admitted for membership. We’ve listed them here, have a look and make sure you’re up to date.

Explore the opportunities

Becoming a CA means that you can take your skills and experience wherever you want – into any industry or part of the world. There will be fantastic opportunities but it will pay to consider them carefully and not leap at the first thing that comes your way.

As a CA, recruiters will come to you offering you a range of seemingly fantastic positions, take your time and explore what you want to do – the choice is yours. Start asking questions and considering how you can find out more about the industry or geography you think you’d like to work in.

Until your training contract ends, you won’t be able to move to a new position. When you do begin to consider your future options, you may like to think about the differences between the Big Four and other firms.

Prepare for your next moves with ICAS

Newly qualified members can access a number of benefits from ICAS, these include training courses and mentoring. ICAS is there to help all members, whatever stage of their careers they are at. Here are some of the things you might take advantage of.

Ask a mentor

You may find yourself facing some tough choices, our Career Mentoring programme can help. Find someone who’s got the t-shirt to discuss it with.

Putting ethics theory into practice

Throughout your training you have studied ethics. Now’s the time to take that theory and carry it with you into all your professional activities.

Get ready for an inspiring career

Follow the footsteps of One Young CA entrants, including winner Indy Hothi, who are using their qualification to make a difference in the world.


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