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Getting The CGA Designation Brings Career Diversity, Success And Financial Reward

Seeing more than numbers brings career diversity, success and financial reward.

When considering a future in accounting, a regulated accounting designation such as the CGA designation can be instrumental to career advancement and future success. It equips you with the skills, technical knowledge and experience that you need for career diversity, flexibility and strong earning potential.

But where do CGAs work and what positions do they hold?

Even as a student in the CGA program, there is potential to make $55,000 a year or more. In fact, CGAs are in the top 5% of income earners in Canada and 95% of them say their CGA designation was the key to their success.

Quite simply, CGAs are everywhere. You can find CGAs working in almost any industry, holding a wide range of titles and positions. They fall outside of traditional stereotypes, working in large auditing firms, in industries such as sports, entertainment, and the arts, not to mention the private and public sphere. CGAs are entrepreneurs and CFOs.

Why do leading organizations hire CGAs?

CGAs bring more than straight accounting to the job. They have a well-rounded, diverse skill set. They perform important financial tasks like analysis, reporting, tax and audit.  CGAs are known for providing bigger picture thinking. Like finding efficiencies and seeing possibilities that exist beyond the balance sheet.

CGAs understand the real-world implications of the figures on a balance sheet. The CGA designation delivers a strong foundation for CGAs to be able to tackle tough problems and make things happen. This insight makes CGAs valued as members of any type of team in all sorts of industries and situations.

The CGA designation takes you places and brings high earning potential

Even as a student in the CGA program, there is potential to make $55,000 a year or more. In fact, CGAs are in the top 5% of income earners in Canada and 95% of them say their CGA designation was the key to their success.

There’s no limit to the places you can go or the industries you can work with the CGA designation. CGAs come from many different academic and social backgrounds so it only makes sense that they work in a wide range of industries.

CGAs hold diverse positions within businesses across Canada and around the world. Employers value and respect the CGA designation and recognize it for its rigours technical and skills training.

Susan Li, CGA, is a senior accountant at Dairy Farmers of Ontario. She says that when she earned her designation her employer promptly gave her a 10% salary increase.

CGAs have international opportunities

If your interests fall to technology, arts or sports, you can tap into your passion by working in progressive industries.  But perhaps you would rather make your mark at a big multi-national firm in Canada or abroad. Through CGA Ontario’s Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs), having a CGA designation can make this a reality in over 80 countries.  Some people choose to divide their time and skills between countries and opportunities. The CGA designation could be your passport to global work experiences.

Glen Schmidt, FCGA, President of GTS Seminars, has worked in many foreign countries and is always taking on new adventures. “I’ve worked in: Vietnam, Cambodia, Trinidad and Tobago, Dominica, Barbados, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadies and one or two countries that I just can’t recall off the top of my head.”

Glen’s consulting work makes him one of many CGAs who have successfully pursued opportunities abroad in developing countries and emerging economies.

CGAs are highly respected members of today’s business world

By providing invaluable advice on efficiency, productivity, financial risk management and more, CGAs identify opportunities and yield sustainable growth. For more information about the designation and to watch video testimonials of CGAs and recent grads visit www.cga-domore.org.

logo Getting The CGA Designation Brings Career Diversity, Success And Financial RewardWhatever your passion, whatever your career goal, having the CGA designation allows you to DO MORE. View testimonials from CGAs who are doing more with their careers: www.cga-domore.org/testimonial

 

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Cassandra Jowett is TalentEgg's Content Manager. She joined the team as a student intern in the summer of 2008, and since then her heart has never really left the Egg Carton. Cassandra is a recent graduate of the Ryerson University School of Journalism, where she earned a Bachelor of Journalism with a focus in writing and editing for newspapers. She has also written and edited for The Globe and Mail, The National Post, t.o.night newspaper and other publications.
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