Magazine article Strategic Finance

Opening New Doors with Hard Work

Magazine article Strategic Finance

Opening New Doors with Hard Work

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With nine years of experience under my belt, I decided the end of 2014 was the right time to expand my knowledge and engage in further education. As a Spanish citizen living in Zurich, Switzerland, and engaged in the world of international business, I knew a certification was the next step forward in my career. Though I have a master's degree in business and accounting, I realized that professional accounting certifications are highly valued.

The decision to embark on CMA[R] (Certified Management Accountant) studies while working full time wasn't something I took lightly. I knew that it would require time and dedication, and the 18 months that followed proved this to be true. Working with demanding deadlines and challenging projects as a financial controller in a large, multinational organization meant that I needed to consider how I would balance my work, personal life, and studies. In addition, the prospect of studying in English wasn't something I'd considered before, but I thought it would be an exciting challenge. Though it's never easy to anticipate how much effort lies ahead, sometimes it's worth taking a risk if you want to progress.

The CMA appealed to me for many reasons. The exam content seemed very interesting and relevant for future career development. In addition, the certification was achievable in what I found to be a reasonable amount of time (I qualified fully in March 2016). What I'm glad I didn't underestimate, however, is not only the amount of preparation required but also the discipline. …

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