Magazine article Strategic Finance

A Late Bloomer Blooms

Magazine article Strategic Finance

A Late Bloomer Blooms

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I am a late bloomer. I always knew I was going to be an accountant. I pursued the subject in high school and then college. But being away at college wasn't working for me, so I came home, got a job at a bank, and continued to pursue my accounting degree at night.

Working in the accounting field was very fulfilling. My career took off, and I got better positions with more responsibility. But it was hard to continue college at night. After nine years of taking classes sporadically, I finally earned my associate degree. I kept going, hoping to earn my bachelor's degree eventually, but because of the demands of my job, I took fewer classes.

Then in 2014 I lost my job. I had been pursuing my degree for 39 years and still had seven classes to complete. I was an out-of-work controller, without a degree, in a tough employment market. I went back to college and in eight months received my B.S. degree in accounting.

I knew it wasn't going to be enough.

On the advice of an employment counselor, I began attending IMA[R] chapter events. While networking, I made a discovery: Many of my peer who had earned certifications were enjoying better employment prospects than those with just a college degree. So I decided to look into getting certified. Because all my experience was in management accounting, the CMA[R] (Certified Management Accountant) became the logical certification for me.

I had learned how to study again my last time in college and knew if I went for my CMA, it had to be now. …

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