Magazine article Strategic Finance

The IMA-Your Partner for Life. (Perspectives: Letter from the President)

Magazine article Strategic Finance

The IMA-Your Partner for Life. (Perspectives: Letter from the President)

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Why do you suppose an individual would join the Institute of Management Accountants as a student and remain a member for life? The answer lies in the benefits IMA provides to members at each stage of their lives and careers.

Those who become IMA members as students find exciting opportunities available to them. They are encouraged to participate in on-campus activities through their student chapters and in the activities of their parent chapters, which is a great opportunity for networking. The IMA offers a job bank, career counseling, and scholarships as well as tips on resume writing and interviewing. Many chapters and councils also offer scholarships, internships, and mentoring for students in their local areas. And let's not forget the Annual Student Conference during which student members gather for a weekend of education, networking, and fun! All of this prepares the student to enter the professional world.

For those new to the workplace, one of the greatest benefits IMA has to offer is certification. A young professional who holds a CMA or CFM has an advantage when competing for jobs and promotions. And members who volunteer for leadership positions in local chapters have the opportunity to practice and develop the planning, organization, communication, and leadership skills that will help them advance in their careers.

As careers take shape and develop, IMA benefits such as continuing education may become more important. Practicing professionals find it necessary to keep their knowledge and skills current, and they can do this through IMA programs at the local, regional, and national levels. …

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