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A bright future

Two ACAs explain how the ICAEW qualification has help boost their careers

October 2017

Choosing the ACA qualification from ICAEW will help you go places in your career. Our members work at the highest levels in top organisations all around the world, in fact 98 of the world’s 100 global leading brands employ ICAEW chartered accountants.
If you are still at university, or studying for the AAT and looking to take your next step, hear how Carol and George’s careers as ICAEW Chartered Accountants has helped them achieve their goals.

Carol Handa, Finance Director, Operations, L’Oréal: “I’ve always had a passion for languages and for travel. I felt that with my strong languages background that adding a finance dimension would enable me to become a well-rounded business leader.
“The credibility I have both because of my professional qualification, and the perspective I’m able to bring, means my opinion is sought on a wide variety of business issues, not just typical ‘finance’ ones.
“As your career develops, there can be a big strategic, leadership element, which is a real inspiration.
“I love to travel and luckily have had many opportunities to visit some amazing countries, with my favourite trips including trekking the Inca Trail in Peru and walking on the Perito Moreno glacier in Argentina.”

George Acquah, Marine Finance Manager, Rolls-Royce: “It was clear to me when making a decision on my career that the ACA was the premium qualification. With the option to train globally, I knew it would allow me to have a better quality of life and get myself on my feet quicker.
“After university, I got a place on the PwC graduate training programme and trained for the ACA there. This option allowed me to stay in the Midlands, which was an important factor for me. I chose chartered accountancy because of the variety it offered; no two days appeared the same and I knew there would be plenty of interesting challenges.
“The best part about my job is the travel. I moved to Rolls-Royce in 2015 and am now a Marine Finance Manager for the business, working with business divisions throughout Europe and globally – so there’s plenty of opportunity to travel. It’s really interesting to meet new people, explore new cultures and see how differently the same functions in a company operate from country to country. The ACA really does open up a world of opportunity!”
For more information on how to take your next steps visit icaew.com/careers and find out how ICAEW Chartered Accountancy is so much more than you’d imagined.
• Thanks to the ICAEW for this article

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