Another Career Advice



Hello everyone,

I've been reading up on all career advice topics and finally got the nerve
to post my own question.

I've got a BSc in Engineering degree (98) and 5 years sales experience
(selling Industrial Electronics and Financial Software). I do want to move
on Accounting, as I got some exposure to it when selling Financial packages.
CMA designation right now looks very good toi me, as I see the eight months
accelerated program, put out by CMA Ontario, as a fastest route to get into
accounting. I've got all my prerequisites now - can start the program in
January. I've got one problem now. Although I have entry-level Financial and
Cost Acct courses, I cannot find anything entry-level, even for $11 an hour
(I haven't tried volonteering yet). Are there any suggestions out there for
the engineering boy who took the crooked path? What the heck do I put on my
resume? Is there a chance for me to find employment once I pass the CMA
exams? Should I perhaps take a slower route, getting a University
Certificate in Accounting, available through Athabasca and then going at my

Any suggestions would be very much appreciated!


With my wide variety of experience I believe I could be a great asset for a
small to medium sized business in an administration/management roll that
uses or is changing to MYOB (Premier and Accounting). I can run and
maintain accounts, inventory, payroll, sales, purchasing, logistics,
computers, internet and other office duties. I am a firm believer in a hands
on approach to get all aspects of the job done.

If you have a customer in need my skills or can help me secure a suitable
position I would look forward to your reply.



Stephanie Serba

Try some of the temporary placement firms. Accountemps, Accounting Advantage
and the like. You can get a number of temp placements that way, and gain
experience in a variety of work environments.

Stephanie Serba, AICIA
Partner, Durham Business Outsource
Accounting & Technology
(e-mail address removed)




I was in the same boat - unemployed webmaster for 13 months. I also attended
CMA and CGA info sessions. Asked many people at CMA questions about
difference between CMA and CGA, job market for CMA, etc. I was told by CMA's
that the job market for CMA's is not very good right now. That' why I have
decided to start CGA. I feel CGA's have more openings than CMA's. Both the
programs are great but when it comes to finding a job, I got a feel that CGA
is more scope. I also was very impressed about CMA when I first attended the
info session. But after I applied my Just think about CMA. CMA is basically
nothing but a mix of accounting and management skills. How many jobs are out
there that need people who want to know what to do with money, where and how
to spend. Quite a few.


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