Case study

Ed Fan — Chartered Accountant


Ed trained in audit at EY and moved to advisory after becoming qualified. He’s recently joined a US tech start-up and become their first finance manager in the UK

Why did you become a chartered accountant (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.

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.

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

I was on secondment to Morgan Stanley in 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, English language is not my area of expertise, so getting through the exams on my first attempt was an achievement.

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