Magazine article Strategic Finance

An Investment in Myself

Magazine article Strategic Finance

An Investment in Myself

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The journey to a CMA[R] (Certified Management Accountant) certification isn't easy. When I decided it was time to invest in myself professionally, so many people directed me to the CMA. But I had heard stories about how challenging it is, about people who had failed to become a CMA, so meanwhile I began attending seminars about career development. Yet again in these environments, I encountered more endorsements of the CMA. It seemed inevitable. Once I met people who had passed the exam and could offer me insight and advice, I got serious about my commitment. I would earn this distinguished credential.

I began by acknowledging what would be involved. I needed to allocate time for studying and to learn to balance these demands with my obligations at work and home. I needed to rearrange my priorities if I wanted to follow through with the required hard work and effort. Once I had this sorted out, I joined IMA[R] (Institute of Management Accountants), got my membership number, and paid the fees. With my lifestyle reoriented toward this goal, I studied hard, pored over the practice questions, and worked to become familiar with the exam sections and types of questions I would need to master. I made a plan for success and reviewed the materials continuously-ensuring, as I had been instructed to do by those with experience, that I could do the work within a strict time limit.

Finally, in 2012, I became a CMA. I can't fully explain the happiness I felt when I received my CMA certification. It gave me a powerful boost in confidence and has since imbued me with an ongoing sense of success. …

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