Stephen Robertson CA
I’m Stephen Robertson CA, an accountant in the Finance Department at Baillie Gifford & Co. My role is varied, everything from group treasury management, supporting quarterly and annual reporting and forecasting requirements, through to preparing partners’ tax returns.
How was your CA training?
It was a steep learning curve. The qualification is great for developing real technical knowledge across a broad syllabus. It provided me with the confidence to provide clients and colleagues with valuable well-rounded advice. The self-belief and confidence that the whole process gave me has helped no end, in and out of work. It’s well worth the hard work.
Any advice for those considering training to become a CA with ICAS?
Try to find time to do things you enjoy and invest in yourself whilst studying. It is well worth the hard work. The experience and technical expertise you gain throughout your three-year training is highly sought after, and is transferable across any industry you wish to further your career in.
Why did you become a CA?
Chartered Accountants are trusted business partners that play pivotal roles in organisations all over the world. I wanted to develop in a way that would enable me to help support businesses grow good ideas and prosper for future generations, whilst at the same time gaining a globally recognised professional qualification.
Being a qualified accountant is a prerequisite for many jobs. Employers value the experience and expertise that CA-qualified candidates bring. Being able to take that deep technical knowledge base and apply it to the complex reality of many businesses is what employers are looking for.
I feel being a CA has improved and widened my job prospects considerably.
What’s the most interesting project you’ve been involved with?
Since joining Baillie Gifford as a newly qualified CA, I’ve been involved in many projects with different scopes, from key finance-system upgrades through to providing financial insight in relation to setting up new overseas subsidiaries. They’ve all been interesting and have applied many of the practical skills acquired through my CA training.
What makes you proud to be a CA?
I am proud to be part of a trusted global network of CAs and grateful for the experiences and expertise I have built to date. Becoming a CA truly prepares you for the challenges you will face throughout your career.