August 2020

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Check out our latest NGA updates below and let us know if you would like to get involved in any of our initiatives. GENERAL UPDATE GCSE and A Level Results Firstly, we would like to extend a huge congratulations to all students who have received results this month. There has been so much uncertainty and confusion in the last couple of weeks and we hope students can finally celebrate their successes. We understand that this is an overwhelming time for students who are deciding their future. Whether you are continuing a course, embarking on further studies, or going out into the world of work, the NGA community are here to support you. Please feel free, to reach out to any of the team or our wider community within the WhatsApp group for support. We wish you all the best for the future! #BlackLivesMatter Following the global rise of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, we are keen to keep the conversation going. The Investing in Ethnicity team has put together an ally toolkit for the workplace which includes a guide, videos, podcasts and other resources. This toolkit aims to provide a way in which we can audit our biases and behaviours. To find out more, please click here.


PILLAR 1 UPDATE: Kaplan x NGA Accounting Foundation Scholarship ** Announcement** This month, we were proud to partner with Kaplan to launch a 12-month Accounting Foundation Scholarship. Each scholarship was worth just over £1,900 and aimed to make a difference to young people from low socioeconomic backgrounds, giving them the opportunity to kickstart a career in accountancy. The deadline to apply has now passed. Please do follow us on social media to stay up to date with our future opportunities. PILLAR 2 UPDATE: The science of Learning – Top 6 proven study techniques Many of you will be starting to sit exams due to delays because of COVID-19. We suggest reading Kaplan’s two part Learn Better Series. Kaplan have identified; spaced practice, interleaving, retrieval practice, elaboration, concrete examples and dual coding, as the key techniques to help you succeed. These are based on Kaplan’s Head of Learning Stuart Pedley-Smith’s webinar The six learning strategies that really do work (watch here). To read this in full check out part 1 and part 2 on the Kaplan website. PILLAR 3 UPDATE: Ushering in a new generation of accountants In July NGA’s Monique was interviewed by ICAEW Insights to find out why she wanted to start NGA. Detailing how she became inspired to pursue accountancy by a PwC senior manager at a careers fair, Monique explains her passion for diversity within accountancy. Monique also speaks about ways in which companies can increase diversity through recruitment, formal mentoring and sponsorship programmes. The interview concludes with Monique’s view of the future of the role of accountants and the importance of being “forward-thinking”. To read the full article, click here. GLOBAL UPDATE: Erik Torenberg On How To Be Successful As we go into a new academic year many school leavers and graduates will be focusing on securing a job whilst many of us who have already started our journey will be searching for ways to be successful. No matter where you are in your career, Shawn Pereira’s analysis of Erik Torenberg’s How To Be Successful is an excellent read. Within each takeaway section, Pereira gives us great practical ways in which we can implement Torenberg’s advice. You can read the full article here. UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES #100BLACKINTERNS #100BLACKINTERNS is a new initiative set up to offer 100 internships to Black students across the UK to help launch their career in investment management. This programme will be open to any black university students currently studying or undertaking a gap year. This opportunity will help interns to develop their soft skills, financial skills and professional network. Interns would gain experience at one of over 80 firms through a paid internship lasing six-weeks over summer 2021. If you or someone you know is interested, please find further details here. CABA Charity x The Stress Management Society Event To all our ICAEW students and members, CABA Charity and The Stress Management Society will be hosting a joint live webinar named ‘Adapting to Thrive in a Post-normal World’. This event will provide attendees with insight on how we mourn the old ways of being and prepare them for working and living in a post-normal world. The event will take place on 14 September 2020. To reserve your place, click here.

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