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Ed Fan CA

Ed Fan CA

Advisory Manager, Ernst & Young

I’m Ed Fan CA, a Manager at Ernst & Young. I trained in audit and moved to Advisory after becoming qualified.

I’ll soon be moving to a US tech start-up to become their first finance manager in the UK, and to help them drive the business growth from a finance and commercial perspective.

How was your CA training?

Studying for the CA was hard but rewarding. It really helped reshape my ability to learn. I think the structured learning process and the broad content covered by the course can really help you to think critically and apply your learning practically.

The learning process gave me a well-rounded foundation, which is appealing to employers, and the well-connected network has also really helped my career.

Any advice for those considering training to become a CA with ICAS?

Link the examples you come across from work or life to the theory from the learning materials. It will help you to remember the context but also apply it at work.

Why did you become a CA?

I’ve always enjoyed numbers and problem solving, and accounting was a perfect fit that provides many options, an excellent network and prosperous career opportunities.

What’s the most interesting project you’ve been involved with?

I was on secondment to Morgan Stanley, London and worked closely with their New York team to review the execution of action points raised during various reviews.

What makes you proud to be a CA?

I am proud to belong to such a recognised and sought-after accounting body. Also, the English language is not an area of my expertise, so getting through the exams first attempt was an achievement for me!