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    CPA Program: Stepping stone to global experience

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    CPA Australia provides networking opportunities to its members through events such as the CPA Congress and local discussion groups.

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    The CPA Program offered by CPA Australia, one of the world’s largest professional accounting bodies, played a key role in helping Pareek make the decision to migrate to Australia.

    After completing her undergraduate degree in Commerce, Pareek obtained the Chartered Accountant designation in India. However, gaining professional experience overseas was central to Pareek’s career plan.

    “I knew attaining a CPA Australia designation would set me up for a whole world of new opportunities when I moved base to Australia,” she says.

    Pareek sought out the CPA Australia Liaison office in India-Professional Connect, to understand CPA Program’s innovative syllabus, flexible learning options and the long-term benefits for her professional accounting career.

    “I attained my CPA designation through the Mutual Recognition Agreement pathway between the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and CPA Australia and successfully migrated to Australia in 2018 to further my career.”
    It’s a move she has never regretted.

    First success
    The CPA designation allowed Pareek to gain the professional competence required to build a successful career in Australia within a short span of time.

    “CPA Australia designation is a very well recognised and valued professional qualification in Australia as well as other Asia-Pacific countries like India, Singapore and Malaysia,” says Pareek.

    “The designation added a lot of weightage to my resume and my professional profile,” she says. “I was thrilled to get a job within the first two weeks of landing in Australia.”

    Learning and making connections
    CPA Australia provides networking opportunities to its members through events such as the CPA Congress and local discussion groups.

    “Through events organised by CPA Australia in India, I was able to connect with other Chartered Accountants who were on a similar journey,” says Pareek.

    Pareek encourages participation in these events as they help potential candidates understand the program better. “I have professionally benefitted through participating in such events both in India as well as Australia as it allowed me a platform to engage with other CPAs working in different industries,” she says.

    “It has also given me an opportunity to gather information about the designation in detail including the numerous benefits available through this program,” she adds.

    Another aspect of the CPA Program that Pareek highlights is the engaging opportunities for continuous learning. These are designed to ensure members have access to topics that are relevant to their roles, to the businesses they advise and their own work environment.

    “I believe in lifelong learning and CPA Australia provides several avenues for this,” says Pareek. I recently attended a CPD event on AI and was surprised to know how it will change the face of accountancy and also the way in which we accountants will need to work in future.

    Pareek says CPA Australia’s member magazine INTHEBLACK, webinars and CPD events have helped her update her skills and be ready for new-age job requirements.

    Understanding the global landscape
    Pareek says up-to-date content of the program prepares you to face the dynamic business environment of the present world.

    For Pareek, the Global Strategy and Leadership module stands out as it builds understanding around complex factors affecting the global environment. It also places that knowledge in the right perspective to help develop counter-strategies to combat various types of business and credit risks.

    “I learnt how to build upon my existing skills through this module. Its use of real-world case studies helped me transfer what I learnt to the various strategic issues I faced in my professional life,” says Pareek.

    As a CPA in Australia, Pareek now understands the macro elements pertaining to the Australian financial ecosystem and how it impacts various industries including her own organisation.

    A rewarding path
    Pareek left her job as a Credit Analyst in corporate banking in India and now has gained global exposure in the oil and gas industries since receiving her CPA designation.

    Today, Pareek has two years of professional experience as a member of CPA Australia. “The CPA designation has catalysed my career progression and I am constantly enhancing my skills and learning as an active member.”

    Pareek says the benefits of obtaining the CPA designation are relevant in both Australia and India. “I would definitely recommend the CPA Program to my fellow Indians. The knowledge gained from subjects covered under the CPA Program expands one's professional acumen and opens new pathways,” she says.

    Pareek believes the CPA Australia and ICAI relationship can expand further. “CPA Australia and ICAI can collaborate further to allow chartered accountants based in India to gain a similar licence of practice in Australia,” she says.

    Find out how to become a CPA Australia member at the CPA online information session on Saturday 21 November from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm.

    You could also learn about our Mutual Recognition Agreement with ICAI .
    (This article is generated and published by ET Spotlight team. You can get in touch with them on etspotlight@timesinternet.in)
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