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VITAL - the magazine for ACA students

Vital is the quarterly magazine for ACA students. The magazine features articles and updates from tutors, industry experts, ICAEW members and ICAEW staff. It exists to help you develop the knowledge, skills and experience you need to succeed throughout your ACA training and in your career.


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In the January edition:

Welcome to the January edition of Vital, where the boss Ian Wallace, Group Finance Director at Viju shares his childhood ambitions and his career as an accountant. We also explore the ongoing use of personality tests for team building and investigate the current trend on the importance of sleep. 

In this edition we discuss the new Finance Act and the impact this will have on your ACA exams, we also share examiner tips on the Business Planning and Business Strategy and Technology exams. Examiners share guidance if you need to retake an exam and discover top tips from three prizewinners on how they achieved success. 

Elsewhere in the work section we share what makes a good speaker and top tips to improve your presentation skills. Discover how ICAEW is here to support you throughout your ACA journey, as we share your student benefits. With a wealth of resources on offer for you to help develop technical competence and professional skills, the ACA is much more than just passing exams. 

We love hearing from you, so please get in touch if you have any comments or thoughts using vital@icaew.com

Read Nicola’s story

Nicola Gascoigne, Financial Director of One TV LA shares her story on how her desire to experience new things has driven her career. She tells Vital how the ACA opened the most doors and shut the least, she studied the qualification for the opportunities and the ACA has helped her passion for travel. The ACA enabled her to move to the US to continue her career and she feels confident working in the US due to the knowledge she gained from the ACA exams.  

Hear from Nicola and other influential chartered accountants in the January issue of Vital. 

Marie Lake - Vital Editor

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