Global career opportunities with ICAEW

By Ahmed Wafi

5 reasons (and a bonus reason!) why you should be an ICAEW Chartered Accountant

Are you an accounting student or graduate looking to increase your employability tenfold in today’s competitive job market? The clear answer to this is found in none other than the world-renowned Institute of Chartered Accounts in England and Wales (ICAEW).

The professional membership organisation has been promoting, developing and supporting chartered accountants and students across the world since its inception in 1880 with its flagship Associate of Chartered Accountants (ACA) Qualification Programme guaranteed to help students, graduates and working professionals reach new heights in their career. How will it help? Here are five ways… plus a bonus!

Work-ready qualification
ICAEW consistently updates its curriculum to be up-to-date with the latest trends and happenings in the working world and equips the latest technology in its curriculum including blockchain, AI, cyber security and fraud, and data analytics. The mandatory work attachment will guarantee you invaluable experience in your quest to be an ICAEW Chartered Accountant!

Diverse employability
Looking for a job in the banking industry? Sure! Want to join oil and gas? No problem! ICAEW Chartered Accountants can work in any industry as the qualification trains you beyond accountancy and finance, equipping you with professional development skills and business acumen so you can be on your way to be a business and finance professional.

Work anywhere in the world!
With more than 5,000 authorised employers willing to train ACA Chartered Accountants, you’re given the chance to work in over 148 countries around the world! ICAEW is also part of the Global Accounting Alliance (GAA) and is a founding member of Chartered Accountants Worldwide (CAW), opening a world of opportunities for recognition by accounting professional bodies globally.

Huge career potential
With the demand for financial literacy at an all-time high, many employers choose ICAEW Chartered Accountants to put their finance department on solid ground and as part of their succession planning strategy to develop a pipeline of future leaders. Fun fact: Almost 80% of FTSE 100 companies have ICAEW Chartered Accountants on their board.

Network to the world
There are over 153,000 ICAEW Chartered Accountants in 148 countries with over 2,000 based in Malaysia including Tengku Muhammad Taufik, President and CEO of PETRONAS, and Dato’ Mohammad Faiz Azmi, Executive Chairman of PwC Malaysia among many others. Being an ICAEW Chartered Accountant will help connect you to corporate leaders across Malaysia and the world, and could also be your ticket to reaching new heights in your career.

Bonus! The institute has also established CABA (Chartered Accountants Benevolent Fund), the only one of its kind, to support the well-being of chartered accountants and their families.

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