ICAEW’s student team support events at schools and colleges introducing students to a career in accountancy throughout the year. These include:
A representative from ICAEW to attend careers fairs to talk to students and parents about what a career in chartered accountancy looks like. Often we are supported by local ICAEW members who share their experiences of ACA training and a career in accountancy.
ICAEW can arrange for a member of staff or a local member to visit your school and speak about a career as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant; the different routes available to study the ACA qualification and what the training involves. These presentations are suitable for a general audience, but can also be tailored for those who are studying a related subject.
These sessions are designed for students aged 16 and over, to help them in creating their CVs and university application forms and in preparing for job interviews. We draw on students day-to-day lives and demonstrate how their activities and attributes can be transferred to their career. The workshops focus on five key competencies: communication and teamwork; commercial awareness; integrity and resilience; client service and being career minded.
Commercial awareness sessions
Being commercially aware is a key attribute that many employers look for in future employees. Aimed at students over the age of 16, these events discuss students’ current commercial awareness and how they can develop it further. The sessions provide students with the ability to view situations from a commercial or business perspective and recognise what makes a business successful.
These events see students put in the shoes of an ICAEW Chartered Accountant for the day. Teams are presented with a pack of information about a fictitious company which they work through identifying the firm’s weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Designed for students aged 14 and above, these games emulate activities that students may face as part of recruitment processes in the future.
For ICAEW it is vitally important to help school students become financially aware at an early age. Volunteers from our membership work closely with schools to support teachers and delivery financial education sessions to students as young as five-years old. Topics for these sessions include: how to manage money; becoming a critical consumer; managing risk and emotions; and understanding the important role of money in our lives.