I decided to undertake an internship at EY while at university, during which I took the opportunity to speak to the recently-qualified CAs who emphasised the global recognition and career opportunities provided by the qualification.
While studying to become a CA, I found that there was great exposure to a breadth of topics from accounting and finance to law and business management, and I made friends for life!
For anyone considering becoming a CA, I would emphasise how diverse and resourceful the ICAS network is, and although employers will change over the course of your career, the institute stays with you throughout.
I now work in Operational Transactional Services (OTS) at EY, where we support the whole deal lifecycle from initial assessment through to post-deal value enhancement. I have also established the OTS Graduate Programme and have gained international experience including a secondment to our Middle East and North Africa department.