Tutor profile: Anna Cameron
Anna Cameron is our own hockey-playing, cupcake-baking lecturer on the ICAS tutor team. She made the move into teaching at ICAS from a Big Four firm in 2014 and has been spoiling us with artisan cakes ever since!
A head for numbers
I studied Maths and Statistics at the University of St. Andrews. I actually started out studying Maths and International Relations as I really enjoyed maths and modern studies at school, having completed a higher and A-level in both subjects.
After second year, however, I decided I preferred the maths side of my degree, and so switched to Maths and Stats.
I figured there was no harm in getting another qualification after University.
I was lucky enough to have a placement with the Scottish Government in their statistics department, but I didn’t really think about my longer term career at that point. I was too busy playing hockey and running the hockey club! Around nine months after graduation, I returned to work for the Government and started to look at a more permanent career option.
I knew a few people from my course who had moved into accountancy and, as there was a good number of jobs available in audit, I decided to apply. I figured there was no harm in getting another qualification after University.
I worked in audit with one of the Big Four firms before moving to ICAS. While I can’t underestimate how much I learnt during this time, and the huge array of both technical and non-technical skills that I picked up, I decided that audit wasn’t for me in the long term.
I had been involved in organising some internal training courses in my department and really enjoyed the tutoring and technical aspects of the job.
When I was studying with ICAS, I had an idea that I would enjoy the role, and so when TPE came around I spoke to Mark Allison (Executive Director of Education at ICAS) about the best steps to becoming a lecturer after I qualified. When a job for an audit lecturer became available with ICAS, I went for it!
Advice for students
ICAS is a challenge. It is meant to be. That doesn’t mean that it’s not surmountable, it just means that you have to work hard to achieve something that you can be proud of. There will be difficult days, but it is worthwhile in the end.
In my spare time
The closest that I have to a 'special talent' is baking, much to the delight of my colleagues. I don’t have as much time now for crafting cakes, but still haven’t given up the baking, having recently made cupcakes for a friend’s wedding.
Most of my spare time is spent playing hockey. I played at school and university and presently play for Watsonians Ladies 1s.
It can sometimes be hard to balance the travel of the job with training and matches, but the coach is understanding. This is why I'm regularly covered in bruises when lecturing!
Pictured: Lecturer Tim Burrows is chuffed with his record-themed cake!
Conquering four TPS exams at once!
Working in audit, the CA was a mandatory part of the training contract. I wouldn’t be able to do the job I do today without it. I am personally very proud of what I achieved, particularly getting through all four TPS exams at the same time.
The CA is a really credible qualification that is held in high regard globally. I have to say, when you look around at those I started training with, it shows the possibilities that a CA can offer you.
I have a network of other CAs around me in Scotland, the UK and across the world, who are well-connected to the CA communities.
I also met some very good friends through my training contract, as well as my fiancé. It really is about more than just the CA letters after your name!