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Student recruitment

Author: ICAEW

Published: 04 Oct 2022

The Student Recruitment team is responsible for inspiring the next generation of chartered accountants, visiting schools and universities to talk about ICAEW and the ACA qualification. Here, they tell us what the support of volunteers means to them.

“It’s been five years since I first started visiting schools and universities to raise awareness of careers in chartered accountancy. If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that having those meaningful conversations is only made possible thanks to the fantastic volunteers who join us at countless events up and down the country. Volunteers reinforce the message about the ACA qualification and the profession, and share invaluable first-hand experience to help students better understand what chartered accountants actually do.”

- Akin, ICAEW Early Careers Executive

“Part of my role is to inspire students about the fascinating career options open to them, and show them what their next steps to starting the ACA qualification could look like. But there’s one thing I can’t do, and that is to draw upon my own personal experiences of working as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant. That’s where our fantastic volunteers step in, giving invaluable insight and advice to students looking to kickstart their career, and showing them what it’s really like to work in this profession.”

- Zoe, ICAEW Senior Early Careers Executive

Hearing from a volunteer who could be you in a few years is so inspiring

“I have just started working at ICAEW, and already I can see just how important our volunteers are. I’ve been part of two meetings with volunteers, and it completely changed the experience for students – it enables them to hear first-hand experiences, and improves their perception of the ACA qualification. Hearing from a volunteer who could potentially be you in a few years is so inspiring.”

- Ruby, ICAEW Early Careers Executive

“In my year of working at ICAEW, I have spoken to hundreds of students and teachers about the ACA qualification and the Institute. In that time, I have grown to appreciate just how important our volunteers are, supporting us in countless events both virtually and in person. One experience in particular stands out: a Q&A session with a volunteer. The volunteer was in their second year of ACA training, and gave a fantastic insight into the joining process and what to expect in the first year, talking about the work/life balance and the support ICAEW gives students in their journey. The students that joined thrived off the knowledge that was shared with them, and we received amazing feedback after the session. Not only have the volunteers benefited our potential students, but they have played a huge part in my role and my learning throughout the year too. I have sat on numerous Q&A panels and listened to a wide variety of individuals discus their journeys and experience, allowing me to better understand the skills required to become a chartered accountant and the challenges they face.”

- Harvey, ICAEW Early Careers Executive