Tutor Profile: Kit Millar

Students chatting after class
By Kit Millar, Tutor

29 August 2016

Kit Millar is one of the latest great additions to the ICAS tutor team, having joined us in 2016. She completed her CA qualification at the start of the year and is already looking forward to passing on her knowledge and experiences to a new group of students.  

From space studies to job security

I studied astrophysics at St Andrews; mostly because I was going to be an astronaut and work for NASA! I had always enjoyed physics and wanted to pursue that further, and felt the astronomy side was the most interesting.

After two years of studying physics, I realised that it wasn’t for me – I couldn’t imagine myself doing research as my career and, although I found it interesting, not enough so that I wanted to pursue it for the rest of my life. I started going to careers fairs around campus in fourth year, and met some accountants at a couple of presentations. I felt that the kind of work accountants could get involved in, and the opportunities all over the world that are open to them, was a great thing to have.

I felt that I wasn’t ready to stop learning formally, but I also wanted the security of having a job. From looking around, I discovered the CA qualification and felt that would be a great way to start getting the opportunities that I wanted.

I also liked the idea that you did exams while you worked, and that they built on what I was learning at work. I started speaking to some of my parents’ friends and found out that a lot of them are CAs; they have such varied careers that it confirmed CA training was a great place to start.

The main thing my CA qualification has given me is opportunities. As well as my stint in audit, I have also helped with accounts reconciliations at a drinks company, and travelled all across the UK: and that’s just since I finished my training contract!

Opening doors with the CA qualification

During my fourth year at University, I was selected to do a module on science communication and teaching. Whilst the majority of my classmates wanted to go on to become a teacher, I really wanted to use it to improve my communication skills and push myself; which saw me teaching kids from primary one and two about all sorts of science aspects (from the big bang to dinosaurs), and helping with their counting.

Whilst I ended up choosing the CA because I wanted to be working as well as learning, I always kept in the back of my mind that I was interested in teaching / communication. It led me to student recruitment, as well as teaching potential employees about audit skills and knowledge. Whilst I was on secondment, I heard about this job, applied and here I am!

The main thing my CA qualification has given me is opportunities. As well as my stint in audit, I have also helped with accounts reconciliations at a drinks company, and travelled all across the UK: and that’s just since I finished my training contract!

I also know that this is a qualification that I can be proud of having on my CV, and that I can use in the future to get even more opportunities – who knows where it will take me. I also like the ICAS mentoring scheme: I think that as a new CA it’s invaluable and from talking with others who have taken part, it’s a great way to broaden your networks and meet pretty interesting people!

Advice for students

  • Make sure you take 20 minutes at the end of each day to just reflect and ask “what was it we did today”? That can help when you start question practice or reading over some notes in the evening.
  • Remember to do practice questions – it helps so much to make sense of what’s in your notes.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you don’t understand. It’s what we are here for, and we do want to help!
  • Look at everyone in the years above you at work who have already completed the CA qualification, and remind yourself that if they can do it, so can you!

In my spare time

I am a total drama llama, so in my spare time I do a lot of theatre. I’m part of a group in Musselburgh and have been doing shows with them since I moved here four years ago. Our most recent was ‘Anything Goes’, where I was one of the angels, and next year we’re putting on Monty Python’s ‘Spamalot’ – a bit of a change! I also love going to the theatre and shows – anything to do with performing!

And if you ever want some good Edinburgh Fringe recommendations, then I’m the girl for the job – last year my boyfriend and I went to 52 shows! We took it easy for 2016, with only 31 booked.

Topics

  • CA Student blog

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