Tutor Profile: Stephanie Pentland CA
Lecturer Stephanie Pentland CA shares her career highlights and explains why she decided to join the tutor team here at ICAS.
Where it all began
I studied Business Studies and Accounting at Edinburgh University and completed an internship at EY between my 3rd and 4th year. Once I’d completed my undergraduate degree I was delighted to be offered a graduate role with EY based in the audit department.
I completed the CA qualification while at EY so I’ve been through the same process as you.
I progressed to Assistant Manager level and my time there gave me a really great insight into the business world, particularly how different companies work and operate. I also developed key skills in communication, coaching, project management and report writing.
I met lots of great people, both at the firm and through exposure to clients across varying industries - including oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing - and of different sizes. This allowed me to develop my knowledge of audit and the financial reporting requirements of different companies.
Taking risks and opportunities
While at EY, I started to get some experience in teaching internal training courses for 1st and 2nd year Associates, something I really enjoyed and was passionate about. Ultimately, this was what led to my decision to move into teaching.
I was also involved in EY Smart Futures as part of the Edinburgh project management team. This is a great programme designed to work with disadvantaged young people to create and support pathways to employment through a work experience placement.
If you get the opportunity, I would highly recommend taking a secondment to experience a different side of business.
Another key career moment for me was my nine-month secondment to Cairn Energy, an oil and gas company, in Edinburgh.
My secondment gave me hands-on experience of preparing accounts, month end close and consolidation processes as well as monthly management reporting. It was a great experience to be on the other side of the table and finding out what it is like to work with the auditors!
Here and now
My role here at ICAS is really rewarding. I do enjoy the teaching itself, but when a student passes their exams, particularly where they have needed some extra support and help from you – that’s the best part.
I am passionate about good education and providing students with the best learning experience possible. At ICAS, no two days are the same and every day brings a new challenge my way.
I don’t have any unusual or exciting hobbies in my spare time, unfortunately. I mainly like to spend time with my friends and family, shop and go on holiday!