For the third year running, the Brokerage supported ICAEW, the UK's leading professional membership body for accountancy, in its annual student recruitment event "Careers that Count" this week.
Over 200 A level students from 25 sixth forms and colleges across inner and outer London attended the annual event which enables ICAEW’s student recruitment team to provide an overview of the various routes into chartered accountancy, including both school-leaver and graduate schemes.
One of the key challenges for students in pursuing a career in accountancy is their performance during the application process. ICAEW and PwC presented a joint session aiming to help them with this challenge identifying what employers are looking for in successful candidates and how students can demonstrate this in their application forms, interviews and assessment centres.
“I would just like to thank you and all of the ICAEW team that helped put together the event that was held this afternoon. The talks given were extremely helpful to me and to other classmates I spoke to. The event was inspiring as it was held in a prestigious location and the representatives from all accounting bodies gave great depths of information for us to take away and answered all the questions asked. It was a very enjoyable and insightful afternoon, and I look even more forward to taking the steps to decide my future.”
- Kingsley - St. Bonaventure's Sixth Form
A panel of speakers representing a range of careers in accountancy - a firm of chartered accountants, audit and consultancy, the government finance profession, the clothing industry and ICAEW - spoke about their career so far providing anecdotes of highlights, challenges and top tips, leaving time at the end for questions from the students.
A separate workshop took place for teachers to help them to better support their students with applications they make, and enabling them to network with some of the employers there. ICAEW recognises that teachers need to know more about the profession and the most effective ways in, including:
• selection/application processes for school-leaver and graduate programmes;
• entry criteria;
• work experience schemes; and
• support offered to schools.
For more information about ICAEW and accountancy as a profession, check out their website here.