Magazine article Strategic Finance

From Local to Global

Magazine article Strategic Finance

From Local to Global

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After graduating from Shijiazhuang University in 1997 with a degree in accounting, I worked for a state-owned company for seven years. Then, in 2004, I moved to Shanghai City to enroll in an international MBA program at Tongji University.

In 2010 I joined an Australian company as the acting CFO in China. When the global CFO asked me what professional certifications I held, I told him I held a certification called the APTQ-3rd. Even though it's the highest regarded accounting certification/association in China--similar to the Chinese Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CICPA) certification, but harder to get and more popular in state-owned companies and government departments--he said that he had never heard of it. He encouraged me to get a global professional certification, such as the CMA[R] (Certified Management Accountant).

Like other people preparing for the CMA exams, I sought help in studying from a local training institution. Unfortunately, the institution wasn't close to my home, and traveling there and back took too much time. So I decided to study by myself using the materials the training institution supplied.

I failed the first part of the revised CMA exam the first time I took it. After going over my results, I realized that I needed more practice. I didn't give up, carefully scheduling my spare time to study effectively. As I'm always occupied by work, I would often read books while commuting on the subway. The next time I took the exam, I passed both parts. …

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