Exam guides: the inside track on… Business Strategy and Technology, Financial Accounting and Reporting, and Business Planning
In the fourth of our series of guides, tutors share their insights on the exams.
Sustainability and accountancy: one year on from COP26
ICAEW’s Climate Change Executive Sarah Reay shares the current landscape and how you can get involved.
Inspiration and Interviews
ICAEW CFAB to ACA: taking the next step
Having completed the ICAEW CFAB with a Level 4 apprenticeship, we chat to student Matt Barnes and mentor Alison Hook FCA.
Staying on top: 10 things for your checklist
Calling all ACA students. Keep your training on track and make the most of your student experience with our handy checklist.
Explore Student Insights
View from the top: Emily Smith
At just 33, Emily Smith is MD and FD of two successful manufacturing firms, and ICAEW Manufacturing Community Chair. Here’s her career journey so far.
My ACA journey: the first year
As ACA student Ashwini Poopalasingham reflects on 10 of the most important things she’s learned from her first year of training.
Celebrating Black culture
To celebrate Black History Month, ICAEW members, students and staff share how organisations can create inclusive working and social environments.
The lowdown on… taking your exams
Should you sit your exams remotely or in an exam centre? Leaders at ICAEW responsible for exams running smoothly, help you decide.
What’s it like to… attend One Young World
ICAEW’s Chartered Stars Mariee Payne and James Skilton share their experiences of attending the 2022 summit in Manchester.
Meeting expectations: your guide to networking
A room of fresh faces doesn’t need to fill you with fear. With just a few top tips, you can be confident at any event.
The lowdown on… the Ethics Learning Programme
Ethics is a vital part of your training. Caroline Fox, ICAEW Ethics Moderator, explains what it involves.
Here’s how to… make a plan for your wellbeing
Managing your mental and physical health is crucial to professional and personal success. Now is the perfect time to focus on your wellbeing.
Industry focus: LADbible Group
LADbible Group became an ICAEW authorised training employer in 2021. Its current ACA students, Nathan Forrest and Sam Croston, share their experiences so far.
Exam guides: the inside track on… Audit and Assurance, Financial Management and Tax Compliance
In the third of our series of guides, tutors share their insights on the exams.
What’s it like to… be an independent ICAEW CFAB student
For ICAEW CFAB student Xoliswa Elizabeth Mnyanda, the secrets of success are discipline, motivation – and the confidence to be who you are.
10 tips for starting a new job
Whether you’re preparing for a trainee position or switching roles, employers share their top tips for making sure everything goes smoothly.
Routes to success: the Level 7 apprenticeship
Alex Collins explains what sets the Level 7 Accountancy Professional apprenticeship apart and shares his top tips for success.
10 of the best… podcasts
From the world around us to personal tips, podcasts are a great way to stay informed and inspired. Here are some of our favourites.
My ACA Journey: Professional Level exams
ACA student and audit trainee Ashwini Poopalasingham tells us how she’s finding the step up to Professional Level.
Reaching full potential
Two students share their experiences of joining the profession amid ICAEW's focus on social mobility.
‘Students know better than anyone what is going well and what needs to change’
ICAEW Student Council Chair and Vice Chair discuss their plans and priorities for 2022-2023.
View from the top: Michael Izza
ICAEW CEO Michael Izza tells us about his career and vision for the future of the profession.
Five ways to nail your online training file
The ACA is not all about exams: get to know your online training file and make a habit of updating it regularly.
What’s it like to… be an ICAEW prize winner
Winning ICAEW prizes led to an unexpected but rewarding career change for Kieran Doe: sharing the secrets of his success with other ACA students.
Exam guides: the inside track on… Principles of Taxation, Law and Management Information
In the second of our series of guides, tutors share their insights.
Meet the prize winners
Three of this year’s ICAEW prize winners tell us how it feels to win an award and the secrets of their success.
My membership journey
Newly qualified member Chris Chung tells us about his training experience and what being a chartered accountant means to him.
10 of the best… film and TV accountants
Popular culture may not always present the kindest stereotype of accountants, but here are some of our favourite memorable characters.
Exam highs and lows – Advanced Level
In our final round table, two ACA students share their experiences of studying for and sitting their Advanced Level exams.
Exam guides: Accounting, Assurance and Business, Technology and Finance
Get insight from tutors and the ICAEW assessment team.
How to bounce back from failure
Caba mental health expert Kirsty Lilley shares how you can build resilience and try again when things don’t go according to plan.
Using mentoring to combat bias
Workplace mentoring schemes are well established as a tool to support career development. And with International Women’s Day on 8 March, we focus on their role in overcoming gender bias.
My ACA journey - the learning curve
For ACA student Ashwini Poopalasingham, her third Certificate Level exam turns out to be a far more positive experience.
The A to ZZZs of sleep
Struggling to get a good night? We asked caba counsellor and sleep specialist Miro Cansky for his advice.
What’s it like to… study with dyslexia
Diagnosed part way through ACA training, Matilda Stevens believes her challenges have made her even more determined to succeed.
Exam prep: T-minus 24
We asked students, tuition providers and ICAEW’s own exam team for their dos and don’ts of last-minute preparation.
I want to make everyone aware of what is out there for them
Student Ben Currie is looking to play a part in creating an inclusive profession where people are comfortable and confident to be themselves.
Six ways to nail your six-monthly review
Six-monthly reviews are a key part of your ACA training. We asked a Senior Training and CPD Manager for top tips to get the most out of them.
Pathway to success
To mark National Apprenticeship Week, we speak to two newly qualified members who followed the Level 4 and Level 7 route to completing the ACA.
5 study techniques to try
Revising by simply reading the same information over and over again? Try these proven strategies to boost your learning (and save you time).
Insight from the examiners: Case Study exam
How were the first two exam sittings using the new Professional and Advanced Level exam software, and how can future students learn from the experience?
Professional partnerships: the Hutson family
For Colin and Julie Hutson and their son Sam, their thriving practice in Northallerton, North Yorkshire is very much a family affair.
The golden rules of goal setting
How should you go about setting motivational, achievable goals that will give you the best chance of success over the next 12 months?
Exam skills masterclass: looking back and moving forward
Our experts answer students’ questions on how to approach a retake, and what’s coming next.
Free to be me
What does it mean to bring your authentic self to work? Taha Ayyaz, Anna Spencer-Gray and Soo Fern Lee, share their experiences and advice.
In figures: diversity and inclusion in our profession
The benefits of forging an inclusive culture are clear, but we still have some way to go.
The power of consistent, high-quality diversity and inclusion training
ICAEW and Steps’ diversity and inclusion workshop used drama to create a safe space for people to discuss their experiences.
Diversity and inclusion training: getting it right
Organisations should prepare to employ a wide range of methods and approaches, and to work year-in, year-out on such a large and complex issue.
My ACA journey – the first exams
Audit trainee and ACA student Ashwini Poopalasingham admits her first Certificate Level exams experience was a huge wake-up call.
What’s it like to… be a volunteer
A third-year trainee in not-for-profit audit, Aaron Thompson is involved in a variety of voluntary initiatives. His mission is simple: to help people.
What’s your learning style?
Understanding your learning style – and borrowing tips and tricks from others – could help boost your study success.
11 ways to manage stress
The work/life/study balance is challenging during exams and busy periods. A CABA mental health expert shares advice on avoiding burnout.
ICAEW membership – a world of opportunities
Five members share their thoughts on ICAEW membership, and how the ACA has been central to their success.
6 steps to ICAEW CFAB success
How can you keep yourself motivated and make sure you reach that finish line? Help is at hand with our top tips.
Exam skills masterclass: approaching the exam day
Our experts answer students’ questions on how best to approach the ACA exams.
Exam highs and lows – Professional Level
In our second round table, three students share their experiences of studying for and sitting their Professional Level exams.
My ACA journey
ACA student Ashwini Poopalasingham tells us about her decision to go into accountancy, and her story so far.
What’s it like to… be a forensic accountant
Laura Dymott started out in audit before discovering the fascinating world of forensics, and no two days are ever the same.
5 of the best Excel tips for students
ICAEW Technical Manager and Excel expert David Lyford-Tilley shares his top tips on making the most of what Excel has to offer.
Exam skills masterclass
Our experts answer students’ questions on how best to study and prepare for the ACA exams.
Professional partnerships: Arnab Datta & Chris Xia
When Chris Xia joined EY as an audit trainee, manager Arnab Datta helped make her daunting new world survivable.
Hybrid working: the future of audit
Audit teams have had to adjust to remote working, finding innovative solutions. Is a virtual model here to stay?
What’s it like to… take a different path to ICAEW membership
Kamidu Ravindra became a Chartered Accountant in Sri Lanka before completing the ACA. Being a member of ICAEW has opened doors.
Where can ICAEW CFAB take you
ICAEW CFAB is not just a stepping stone to the ACA; it can take your career in a whole new direction.
The 7 traits of great leaders
Are leaders born or made? While some find it natural, good leadership is a combination of skills that anyone can master.
Exam highs and lows – Certificate Level and ICAEW CFAB
In this round table, we chat to students around the world about their studying and exam experience.
Two ACA students and ICAEW’s Communities Manager talk allyship and how we can all create a more inclusive profession.
The future is flexible
Hybrid working flexibility brings opportunities, but also challenges – especially for those starting out in the profession.
Is your online presence professional?
Your use of social media is an important aspect of professional conduct. Every post leaves a digital footprint, so tread carefully.
6 tips for effective time management
Juggling work, studying and exams is one of the biggest challenges students face. Boost your efficiency with our top tips.
Secrets of my success
Four prizewinners tell us how they feel about their achievement, and their top tips for exam success.
5 ways to boost your commercial awareness
For employers, commercial awareness is a key requirement. Here’s how to improve your knowledge of the business world.
What’s it like to… start your own business
With their soft drinks startup Sipp’d, business partners Oli Sinclair and Ash Patel have swapped audit for apple season.
Meet the students representing you
We chat to the ISC Chair, Dan Gaukrodger, and Vice Chair, Sam Hutson, about their plans for the next year.
Finding a balance was tricky but the ACA opened so many doors
From Formula One to innocent drinks, the ACA has given Alan Chan the confidence to take chances.
'Can I have my cat in the room?' Your questions on remote invigilation answered
Jo Nolan, Project Manager for exams 2021 at ICAEW, answers everything you ever wanted to know.
You can apply the ACA to a multitude of roles
Chekufeh Jash’s role as an NHS strategist is not a typical accountant’s one – but the ACA gave her invaluable skills.
The 5 elements of emotional intelligence
Psychologist Daniel Goleman identified the key personal and interpersonal skills involved – and why EQ is just as important as IQ.
For me, sustainability is the only future plan
Being an ICAEW student has ignited Umair Javaid’s passion for sustainability.
The secret to motivation? It’s a state of mind
Janet Hill believes the power to change is achieved by altering your mindset.
6 steps to better decision making
A key skill for personal and professional success, help is at hand.
Failing was horrible – but it taught me so much
Simie Khabra’s path to qualification taught her valuable lessons about resilience.
Student societies: your questions answered
Find out more about the events, learning and networking opportunities on offer
5 ways to build resilience
Here are our top tips for improving your flexibility and adaptability.
How resilient are you?
Put your adaptability to the test with our quick quiz.
7 ways to make your technical skills shine
Nicola White, Training and CPD Manager at ICAEW, shares her top tips on approaching the technical competence skill.
"Over 50,000 exams delivered in a global pandemic"
Mark Protherough answers questions about the challenges the pandemic brought students in 2020.
10 of the best productivity apps
These smart apps offer simple ways to help you become more organised and efficient.
Find your own approach to the ACA
From switching careers to studying the ACA, Chris Sutcliffe is a great believer in following your own path.
Our new exam software is here
March sees the launch of our new Professional and Advanced Level exam software. Students who tested it share their thoughts.
Problem-solving in 5 easy steps
Bransford and Stein’s IDEAL method can help you tackle even the most stubborn problems
I believe in consistent hard work and perseverance
At the age of 20, Dubai-based audit associate Taha Nadeem already has an impressive resumé behind him
Digital evolution: how the ACA is changing this year
Shaun Robertson, Director, Education and Qualifications, and Adam Birt, Head of Qualifications, Strategy and Development, talk us through 2021 developments
Why ethics is key — my 60 seconds video
ICAEW Student Council (ISC) Vice Chair Daniel Gaukrodger tells us why ethics will be central to the future careers of students in the profession.
The 7 values of highly effective people
Ever wondered what sets the most successful professionals apart? It’s about working – and living – by a strong set of ethical principles.
An apprenticeship gave me the experience that counts
Learning on the job with the AAT-ACA Fast Track offered Oliver Sullivan valuable experience and the support of his fellow trainees.
How ethical are you? Take our ethics quiz
How often do you do the right thing when you find yourself in a tricky situation? Put your principles to the test with our quick quiz.
From the Vital archive: personality quizzes
Different individuals have different personalities, and testing how these character traits mesh could determine the make-up of a team. We look at the thinking behind the most popular tests.
Making accountancy more diverse
ICAEW Student Council Chair 2020-2021 Fiyza Awan tells us why it’s so important to encourage young people from diverse backgrounds to join the profession.
5 steps to better communication
The ability to communicate well is one of the most crucial Skills for Success. In the second of our series, we share five top tips for improving your face-to-face communication.
ACA was an adrenaline rush for Liana
Liana Charalambous found that getting through exams took hard work and commitment, so she helped resurrect her student society to support other students.
Why it’s a great time to volunteer
Volunteering offers opportunities for you to give something back and develop much sought-after professional skills in the process.
10 ways to be a star team player
Are you match fit? In the first of our new Skills for Success series, we look at 10 ways to improve your teamwork skills.
How do ACA students want to change the world?
Our shortlisted entrants to our One Young World competition tell us how accountants can help address some of the most important issues of today.
9 ways to bounce back after being made redundant
Students can be concerned about the threat of redundancy. Fortunately, there is plenty of support and guidance available if it happens to you.
Office jargon...and how to avoid it
Accountancy is an intelligent profession. People spend years learning accountancy. So, why do we bombard each other with hot air and rely so much on jargon?
The politics of becoming a chartered accountant
One of the hardest parts of studying for the ACA while working in Westminster was juggling work, study, exams and her social life, says Isabel Healy
Hollywood films and good study habits help me through the ACA
ICAEW student Minyue Ma talks about becoming a chartered accountant in China, and watching classic movies to improve her English.
5 surprising insights about businesses in lockdown
Listen to the latest episode of ICAEW’s More Than a Number podcast as it examines the impact of coronavirus and explores its longer-term legacy.
4 tips for independent students
Not all ACA students start with a training agreement, but there’s a wealth of support on offer from ICAEW for independent learners.
The Business Social Network — a new normal
It sounds obvious but attend something, even virtually, says April Warrier, audit manager at RSM UK, and you’ll feel more engaged immediately.
Dodgeball gave me the discipline for my ACA
ICAEW Chartered Accountant Wee Sheng Teh is a financial analyst at Royal Bank of Canada in Malaysia. He speaks of his experience juggling more than just studies.
Tips for keeping motivated in lockdown
Rebecca Wight, ICAEW Course Leader and Lecturer in Professional Accountancy, provides her tips on successfully studying online during the pandemic.
Staying zen in the face of exam retakes
Retaking an exam is rarely a pleasant experience, but well structured, thought out revision can make the process less stressful, and ultimately more successful.
Quality and fairness - The exam works
The head of assessment at ICAEW explains how every ICAEW CFAB and ACA Certificate Level exam is tested and checked to ensure consistency and quality.
What employers want from new students
Understanding the expectations of your employer will help you make the most of your ACA training agreement and lay the foundations for your future career.
Free digital training for ICAEW students
Enhance your technology know-how for free via the online courses available to ICAEW CFAB and ACA students from ICAEW and partner organisations.
Bossing it with Carol Handa
Carol Handa, chartered accountant and finance director at St Modwen Properties, shares her viewpoints on what it takes to succeed.
Bossing it: People matter just as much as numbers
Daire Keating, managing director, cards, Austria & Ireland at DCC Retail & Oil, shares his five pieces of wisdom for accountants.
From Tesco to Downing Street — Steven's story
Steven Thomas embarked on a career change in his 30s, swapping a busy role running a large supermarket for the Civil Service Fast Stream and the ACA qualification.
Stay motivated while studying this summer
Staying focused while you’re working and studying at home during lockdown can be a challenge. Read our 8 tips on how to stay motivated during the summer.
Adding value and strategic advice: My career with ACA
Beth Staff took a big leap from the Ministry of Justice to cyber-security start-up Tessian. Here's how she’s made it work.
My career with ACA: Lynn Pamment
After a 30-year career with PwC, Lynn Pamment is the new comptroller and auditor general of Jersey. Here she shares a personal view on her career to date.
How I stood out in hyper-competitive Vietnam with an ACA
Mai Thi Hong Nhung became the first Vietnamese-born person to start and finish the ACA qualification in her home country. Read her story.
Attending the One Young World summit changed all our worlds
The annual One Young World summit brings together talented young people. Learn about its impact on the lives of previous ICAEW Ambassadors.
How to put the ‘I’ in team — 5 top tips
Being a great chartered accountant isn’t just about the hard skills – you have to be a good team player, too. We asked these business and accountancy experts for their tips on how to excel.
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