Ever Dreamed Of Working Overseas? Here's How You Could Go Beyond Borders With Accountancy

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We know that work, especially in the field of accountancy, can sometimes feel like being stuck in a rut.

But guess what? You have the power to create your own tomorrow and make your career journey extraordinary!

Sure, your career might be progressing in a linear and straightforward manner, but deep down, you may wonder if this is truly what you want for the next 10 or 20 years. We get it. Sometimes, you yearn for something more, something that sets your soul on fire.

Well, here's the good news — yes, even in the field of accountancy, you can create your own tomorrow!

Recently, The Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) celebrated 14 years of partnership by launching their incredible 'Create Your Tomorrow' initiative

Are you dreaming of working locally or venturing beyond borders? Maybe you're pondering a role in a small to medium-sized enterprise (SME), a corporate giant, or even as a visionary entrepreneur in a cutting-edge startup.

The 'Create Your Tomorrow' initiative encourages all aspiring accountants like you to dream big and pursue your career aspirations, instead of following the conventional path.

Since 2009, professional accountancy bodies MICPA and CA ANZ have partnered to provide accounting students in Malaysia with globally recognised certifications, as well as opportunities for growth. This latest initiative is a continuation of their efforts in pushing the boundaries for the accountancy profession in Malaysia.

It hopes to shift mindsets, challenge stereotypes, and reignite pride in the accountancy profession. It also strives to spark conversations that invite accountants and the general public to think about the evolving role of accountants in a rapidly changing world.

After all, there is more that accountants can bring to the table besides just balancing the books — their wide range of skillsets can be applied in so many ways to growing companies and flourishing startups.

"I have always dreamt of working overseas and experiencing different cultures. Thanks to the MICPA x CA ANZ Qualification, I was able to turn this dream into a reality. With my dual membership to both accounting bodies, I gained the recognition and credibility needed to pursue international opportunities.

"As I ventured into international markets, my MICPA x CA ANZ qualification served as a testament to my professionalism and commitment to excellence. Employers recognised the value of my qualifications, giving me an edge in competitive job markets. Working overseas has been an exhilarating and transformative experience. It has broadened my perspective, challenged me to adapt to new environments, and enriched both my personal and professional growth.

"None of this would have been possible without the MICPA x CA ANZ qualification, which gave me the confidence and credentials to explore the world of opportunities beyond borders," shared Ras Fatin Nalisa Rauzan CA, Assistant Manager at EY Auckland.

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You can 'Create Your Tomorrow' too and perhaps work overseas one day, thanks to the dual-qualification programme by MICPA and CA ANZ

"How can I turn this dream into reality," you ask? Enter the MICPA x CA ANZ Qualifying Programme — the ultimate game-changer for your career. By enrolling in this program, you'll become a member of two prestigious accountancy bodies, earning the titles of Certified Public Accountant (Malaysia) and Chartered Accountant (ANZ).

In fact, you will also gain access to the Malaysian Institute of Accountants membership locally, as well as the Global Accounting Alliance (GAA), which has a network of over a million members globally. Talk about endless opportunities!

Unsurprisingly, graduates of this programme have been able to work in some of the most interesting roles all over the world, becoming trusted business advisors and champions of sustainable management.

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Marianne Saw, a chartered accountant, shared her experience, saying, "I've worked in diverse roles, pushing the boundaries of what I thought was possible across a multitude of industries. The programme equipped me with the knowledge and skills to navigate complex international markets, whilst the emphasis on continuous learning equipped me to be agile and practical in various scenarios and opportunities.

"I'm proud to have made a meaningful impact by guiding organisations towards their vision for growth and innovation. If you're looking to embark on an exciting career path that will take you to captivating roles and help you continuously learn and grow, the CA ANZ programme is your passport to success."

The great thing about the MICPA x CA ANZ Qualifying Programme is the flexibility it offers

The MICPA x CA ANZ Qualifying Programme is designed to prepare you for real-world success. With a flexible self-study structure, engaging exams, and collaborative group work, you'll acquire industry-specific skills that set you apart from the crowd.

The curriculum strikes a perfect balance between technical expertise and professional capabilities, equipping you for a thriving career in accountancy both locally and globally.

With four terms offered each year, candidates can sit for up to two subjects per term. Whether you prefer to fast-track your examinations in one exhilarating year or take a more leisurely pace, the decision is yours to make.

But that's not all — get ready for a transformative journey of growth and connection. The MICPA x CA ANZ Qualifying Programme opens doors to mentorship programmes and exclusive events that will help you expand your professional network across the globe.

Plus, participants have the opportunity to gain three years of valuable work experience with an Approved Training Employer (ATE), guided by a supportive mentor.

Now that you're ready to take your accountancy profession to the next level, why wait?

Start creating your tomorrow, today, by exploring the MICPA x CA ANZ Qualifying Programme on their website.

Embrace the excitement, break free from the ordinary, and design the future you've always dreamed of. The power is in your hands, so seize it and set your sights on a remarkable tomorrow!

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