Tutor Profile: David Young CA

Photo of the countryside
By David Young CA, Lecturer

26 June 2017

Lecturer David Young CA tells us about his journey from countryside living to the CA and life at ICAS.

A rocky start

I studied Geography at university, thanks to an inspirational teacher at school and a love of landscapes that came from being brought up in the country.

Eventually, I found my way to working as a computer programmer and was seconded to do some menial tasks for the company's Finance Director. They were a CA and it seemed like an interesting job.

It helped that I fancied another year at university and I went back to do a post-grad conversion course in Accountancy. In those days there was no TC – everyone had to have either an accounting degree or have done a post-grad course in accounting.

Why choose ICAS? 

ICAS was really the only qualification I knew about that could offer continuous employment and the opportunity to specialise in something I find interesting i.e. financial reporting (how sad is that!).

I find that the best part of being a CA is the public recognition that you receive from having achieved something worthwhile and challenging.

I started marking home exercises for ICAS while in my last year as a student.

When I was a CA student, there were no modular courses – everyone did block release and there were 12 home exercises per subject! I started doing some marking of that material for ICAS while in my last year. This evolved into part-time lecturing and the opportunity to become a full-time member of the lecturing staff, in 1998.

Advice for students

Concentrate on learning the basic principles – then you can react to differing specific circumstances, be that in an exam or at work.

In another life...

In my spare time, I help to run a family restaurant in between following Hearts FC, watching rugby and playing with my grandchildren. I also enjoy running and playing squash - if I can find the time!


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