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!