Rachel Corsie CA: fancy footwork
Keen followers of US football, or soccer as they prefer to call it, may be familiar with our former student turned professional footballer, Rachel Corsie. We speak to the Seattle Reign FC champion about her experiences of the qualification, and the lasting legacy it created.
The US National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) is one of the richest women’s leagues on the planet. Seattle Reign was one of the first eight teams when the league was set up in 2013, and has gone on to win the NWSL Shield for scoring the most points in the league, in 2014 and 2015. The team is now rated as one of the top female teams in the world.
The former Robert Gordon University student hasn’t always pursued a sporting career, however. She secured a placement with EY after university and trained with the firm to achieve her CA qualification.
What made you want to pursue a career in accountancy at university and become Chartered after that?
“I had always been strongest in maths, economics and business subjects at school and so I felt those were areas I wanted to pursue. I also wanted to study a degree that led into a profession directly and so accounting and finance seemed the best fit for me.
“Furthermore, my grandfather worked in practice and had his own accounting firm and that was something that really gave me added interest and inspiration to follow in his path.”
Rachel’s great-grandfather has also played a part in her career choices: Donald Colman was an Aberdeen football player and coach who was capped by Scotland when he was 33. Aside from putting his sporting career on hold to fight in the first world war, Colman returned to invent the ‘dugout’ to observe players’ feet during games; a practice that is continued to this day.
It absolutely demands self-discipline, determination and ambition to complete the demands of the qualification and these are valuable and transferable skills to all aspects of life.
Why do you like being a CA and being a member of ICAS?
“For me, it is a qualification with an excellent reputation and also reflects an incredible amount of hard work and commitment. I am very proud to have gained that recognition and know that those who are members of ICAS all share a close connection because of that.”
Will being a CA help you with your future career goals?
“The CA qualification brings with it a great sense of achievement. Professionally, it is something that helped me to progress and develop whilst working within practice. It helped give me an excellent knowledge platform.
“Alongside this, it absolutely demands self-discipline, determination and ambition to complete the demands of the qualification and these are valuable and transferable skills to all aspects of life. These values are ingrained in me now and I like to think I demonstrate them daily, even now that I no longer remain in the business or finance world.
“In the future, once I am too old to play football, I hope to utilise my qualification and skills gained to find my way back into the business world. I would love to be able to combine my sporting interest within my future prospects.”
What would you say to anyone thinking about becoming a CA? Do you have any words of advice/wisdom?
“It is important for anyone considering to become a CA, that they understand its demands and are prepared to commit to all that is required.
“It is, without doubt, my greatest achievement to date, and anyone thinking of taking the journey to become a CA, I wish them all the best; the hard work is absolutely worth it!”