Career confusion - need guidance


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carlos.elijah

Hi everyone,
I'm currently an IT consultant who's working on a quantity surveying
type of role for IT systems on a project. I've gotten interested in the
more finance side of things though I'm not too sure about becoming an
accountant. However, I've done some investigation into management
accountancy and have found it to be more interesting and the sort of
thing that I'd like to do. I've made a few job applications and have
received an offer for a role titled "commercial analyst" where the role
entails analysing huge amounts of data through Excel. This sounds good
to me as I've got good Excel and presentation skills.

So....my question is this: what type of career path would I have with
this role? If I receive support for CIMA study and eventually become a
management accountant, would I be able to progress and become maybe a
financial controller/director and CEO maybe :) ?
thanks in advance
Carlos
 
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Peter Saxton

Hi everyone,
I'm currently an IT consultant who's working on a quantity surveying
type of role for IT systems on a project. I've gotten interested in the
more finance side of things though I'm not too sure about becoming an
accountant. However, I've done some investigation into management
accountancy and have found it to be more interesting and the sort of
thing that I'd like to do. I've made a few job applications and have
received an offer for a role titled "commercial analyst" where the role
entails analysing huge amounts of data through Excel. This sounds good
to me as I've got good Excel and presentation skills.

So....my question is this: what type of career path would I have with
this role? If I receive support for CIMA study and eventually become a
management accountant, would I be able to progress and become maybe a
financial controller/director and CEO maybe :) ?
thanks in advance
Carlos
It depends, if you are 60 I wouldn't think you had much chance but you
don't give your age.

If you're 25 to 35 the answer would be yes to the last question.
 
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Carlos Elijah

I'm 23 :D
Peter said:
It depends, if you are 60 I wouldn't think you had much chance but you
don't give your age.

If you're 25 to 35 the answer would be yes to the last question.
 
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Troy Steadman

Carlos said:
If you top post in this group you'll never make 24!

Analysing management data and being an Accountant are pretty much the
same thing. While you are considering CIMA, also consider ACCA which is
more mainstream. Either way you are your way to CEO via Financial
Controller :0)
 
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Keith

Peter Saxton said:
It depends, if you are 60 I wouldn't think you had much chance but you
don't give your age.

If you're 25 to 35 the answer would be yes to the last question.
Don't you think 35 is a bit old to start a new (financial) career?
 
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Peter Saxton

Don't you think 35 is a bit old to start a new (financial) career?
Yes, but if he's more interested in finance it is better to go for
what he wants while having a chance to be successful.
 
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