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ICAEW Global Virtual Skills Conference

28 - 30 September 2021

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Good business skills are crucial in any career.

The ICAEW Global Virtual Skills Conference is specially created for individuals like you. Designed to enhance your skill sets – helping you to ace your career!

Virtual Sessions

Each session covers different skills training, equipping you for the future and providing insight on how to become the candidate that employers want.


Expert speakers

Meet and learn from our panel of international experts and HR professionals as they share their knowledge and experiences.

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Breakout sessions

Be part of the dialogue and join in on the discussion. Connect with like-minded professionals.



We’re giving 20 lucky winners the chance to adopt an endangered animal (of your choice) with WWF for 12 months. In order to enter simply: Attend one or more live sessions at the ICAEW Global Virtual Skills Conference 2021 from 28 to 30 September 2021.

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This virtual skills conference is free for anyone to join. 



28 September 2021

Opening Address
Welcome to the ICAEW Global Virtual Skills Conference. Join this 15 minute introduction to find out what lies ahead over the next 3 days, and how to get the most out of each session.
08:45 - 9:00
Panel discussion: What are the key skills needed to succeed?
Introducing you to the conference, our panel will discuss what skill sets are most desired in your job search. They will address and outline the most important soft skills, behaviours, and values that employers are looking for.
09:00 - 10:00
Breakout: How to showcase skills in applications and interviews.
In this interactive session, master how to distinguish yourself from the competition. Learn how to best present yourself to potential employers with PwC’s Regional Director of Professional Development.
10:05 - 11:00
Breakout: Job Searching: From Passive to proactive.
Boost your employment prospects! Sending out your CV and waiting for responses will not make you stand out against your fellow job searchers. In this Q&A learn the best practices in how to be proactive in looking for work.
10:05 - 11:00
Breakout: Spotlight on: CA’s in Tech
An interesting panel discussion focussing on the role Chartered Accountants play in the ever-growing world of Technology. What does the future look like for accountants? What more exciting advances will be made?
10:05 - 11:00
Breakout: Commercial Awareness and how to make it a strength
What is commercial awareness and how important is it? In this session you will find out just that. Not only this but you will discover what you can do to improve and build commercial awareness into your skill set.
11:05 - 12:00
Breakout: How to get the most out of Insight Days, Work Experience, Placements and Internships
Discover the hidden insights on how to make the most of every work experience, placement and internship opportunity! We all know how much value these experiences add to your career prospects, so make sure you are doing them right.
11:05 - 12:00
Breakout: Spotlight on: CA’s in Charity and Not for Profit
Discover the variety of ways that chartered accountants make a difference in the Charities and Not for Profit Sector. Our panellists discuss the challenges and rewards with first-hand experience.
11:05 - 12:00
Ask Us Anything!
Join this drop in session to ask any questions you might have about ICAEW, and the various routes available to you in your journey to becoming a Chartered Accountant.
12:00 - 12:30

29 September 2021

Panel discussion: Winning Attitudes and Behaviours
Kicking off the second day is a discussion about the attitudes and behaviours associated with success. Join this panel discussion and discover the fundamental values needed to excel in your career and achievements.
09:00 - 10:00
Breakout: Building a Progressive Attitude and 'Doing the right thing' mindset
Discover the key to a progressive attitude, and how this can further your career progression. Looking to the role ethics and professional conduct plays in modern business, consider a variety of case studies and why it is so important not to fall under the radar.
10:05 - 11:00
Breakout: Why are Chartered Accountants in demand?
Chartered Accountants make up a fundamental component which underpins all areas of society. Find out how the endless range of opportunities in business and finance makes an impact. Hear from industry experts in this talk followed by a Q&A.
10:05 - 11:00
Breakout: Spotlight on: What is Audit?
Everything you have always wanted to know about Audit will be covered in this session. What does it mean in practice and industry? Hear from our experienced panel what it is that Auditors do, and why it’s so important.
10:05 - 11:00
Breakout: Resilience and Adapting to Change
After a year of uncertainty, adaptation, and most definitely resilience, join this interactive session to discuss how you can be best prepared to keep moving forward. Without change nothing will upgrade and enhance.
11:05 - 12:00
Breakout: Sustainability in the sector
Sustainability is one of the biggest challenges the world is currently facing. Join this talk, followed by a Q&A looking at the integral role Chartered Accountants are playing in making a long term, sustainable difference.
11:05 - 12:00
Breakout: Bringing your Authentic Self to Work
Starting your first job can be daunting. In this session, several diverse ICAEW Chartered Accountants will share their experiences of navigating the challenge to fit in… whilst also staying true to themselves.
11:05 - 12:00
Ask us Anything!
Join this drop in session to ask any questions you might have about ICAEW, and the various routes available to you in your journey to becoming a Chartered Accountant.
12:00 - 12:30

30 September 2021

Panel discussion: Future Proof the Profession: What will a Chartered Accountant look like in 10 years and ICAEW’s role in shaping the future of the sector.
In this panel discussion, learn about why Chartered Accountant ‘s makes up a crucial part of history, the role ICAEW has played in this, and how by becoming a member you will be able to shape the future of the profession.
09:00 - 10:00
Breakout: My Route - Pathways, CFAB, BFP
With so many routes available to becoming a Chartered Accountant, find out which is best suited for you. Join us in this panel discussion with ICAEW members who have experienced these different journeys first-hand.
10:05 - 11:00
Breakout: Accountant vs AI. Accountant vs Data Scientist
How likely are you to be replaced by a robot? Join this panel discussion to find out how advancing technology and AI is impacting the Accounting profession, and the ways in which human and machine can operate side by side.
10:05 - 11:00
Breakout: Future Leaders
Join our session on how young professionals can overcome modern workplace challenges and create new developments. This session will teach resilience and adaptability to aspiring future leaders.
10:05 - 11:00
Breakout: WWF Our Planet - Too Big To Fail
Our Planet: Too Big To Fail is a story that everyone in finance needs to hear. The film answers the question: How can the finance sector join the fight for our world? Join this screening and panel discussion with WWF discussing the core environmental issues impacting our planet, and how Chartered Accountants will play an integral role in fighting these.
11:05 - 12:30
Closing Address
Stay online on our final day for a closing address from Sharon Spice, ICAEW Director of Global Student Recruitment.
12:30 - 12:40

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