Martin's story

After I qualified as a chartered accountant, I took a secondment to Melbourne, Australia, and immediately fell in love with the lifestyle. It took me a while to take the plunge, but I eventually emigrated and took a job in Sydney working for a recruitment company in a senior finance role. I really enjoyed it, I worked on a few big projects, got to travel to Asia regularly and had a key role in an AU$5m new payroll system implementation.

When the global financial crisis hit, there was a lot of restructuring in our company, and in 2013 I was made redundant. After 7 years with the company, I'd earned a good termination payment and I actually saw it as a real opportunity. I'd always had the dream of studying languages, so I took a degree at Sydney University in Mandarin, German and French, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

I always intended to return to my professional career, but after I graduated, having been out of full-time work for three years, I found that my confidence wasn't where I needed it to be.

I was talking to the ICAEW president at a networking event in Sydney, and she suggested getting in touch with caba. I hadn't realised caba had career development support and career coaching. I thought, I have to tap into this.

I got in touch with caba via LinkedIn, and they set me up with a programme based in Sydney with a very well-regarded career coaching company. It was fantastic - I got my own dedicated career coach, and there were workshops on CV writing, covering letters, and mindfulness. The most powerful part for me was the chance to network with other people in a similar situation. I got to share lots of tips and advice, but also learned to be more tenacious and resilient. In short, I discovered the importance of networking. I took my coach's steer to reach out to people that I'd worked with previously, and it wasn't long before I had three offers including two permanent posts.

Working with a coach helped me to take stock of my skills and crystallise what I wanted to do, and to gain the confidence to sell my skills. I'm really grateful to caba and feel lucky to be part of an industry that not only provides these services in their home country but reaches out to us overseas and make sure that we're well supported.

You can trust the quality of support you get with caba because they're partners with the best people in the industry, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this experience to anyone. Leverage caba and their coaching opportunities and you will find yourself a better-fitting job, with great longer-term prospects that fit in with your skill set.

how caba can help

caba supports the wellbeing of past and present ICAEW members, ACA students, ICAEW staff members, and their spouses, partners and children up to the age of 25. For advice, information and support please:

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Who is eligible for support?

We support past and present members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW), ACA students, ICAEW staff members, and the family and carers of members and students. 

  1. No matter where your career takes you, past and present members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England Wales (ICAEW) are eligible for caba’s services for life, even if you change your career and leave accountancy 
  2. ACA students (ICAEW Provisional Members) who are either an active student or have been an active student within the last three years are eligible for caba's services 
  3. Past and present staff members of the ICAEW or caba are eligible for caba's services for life, even if you leave either organisation. Please note, for former employees, our financial support is only available to those who have had five years continuous employment with either organisation 
  4. Family members and carers of either an eligible past or present ICAEW member, ACA student or past or present employee of the ICAEW or caba are eligible for caba's support. We define a family member as a: 
    1. spouse, civil partner or cohabiting partner 
    2. widow, widower or surviving civil partner who has not remarried or cohabiting with a partner 
    3. divorced spouse or civil partner who has not remarried or cohabiting with a partner 
    4. child aged up to 25. Please note, children aged between 16 and 25 are not eligible for individual financial support 
    5. any other person who is dependent on the eligible individual supporting them financially or are reliant on the eligible individual’s care 
    6. any other person on whom the eligible individual is reliant, either financially or for care 

You can find out more about our available support both in the UK and around the world on our support we offer  page. 

Are your services means-tested?

If you need financial support, we carry out a means test where we consider income, expenditure, capital and assets.  

*Please note none of our other services are means-tested. 

I’m an accountant, but not a member of ICAEW, can you still help?

Unfortunately not. We only support past and present ICAEW members, their carers and their families. If we are unable to support you, where possible we will point you to help elsewhere.

caba has supported me in the past; can I receive support from caba again?

We understand that circumstances change. If we’ve helped you in the past there’s no reason why we can’t help you again. You can contact us at any time. Please call us if you need our help.

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