ACCA launches online career planning resource for finance professionals

KARACHI (September 04, 2009) – A new online training resource – developed by accountants for accountants – is being launched by ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants).Called ACCA COMPASS, the resource assesses core competencies and abilities online. It is unique to ACCA and developed for accountants by finance professionals.

The resources allow members to benchmark their skills against a given role at various levels of experience. It also allows them to create a development pathway on the same career trajectory or into a parallel track. This is complimented by a guide book, also available online, “ACCA guide to career pathways in public practice“.

Mr Arif Masud Mirza, Head of ACCA Pakistan, commented: “Our career pathways guide offers advice on working in areas such as audit, taxation and advisory work. It can help people answer the tough career questions like ‘Is this role right for me? How do I progress? Where do I go next?’ “Some may think they are locked into a particular role – but external moves are possible with careful career planning. For instance some public practice audit professionals can and do move into the corporate sector.”

“Continuing professional development (CPD) is integral to any credible profession – legal, medical and financial. When it comes to accountancy, to add value to their clients, all accounting professionals must remain competent and up to date throughout their careers – and with ACCA this is done through our dedicated CPD scheme called ACCA Realise. Together with ACCA Compass, accountants can be assured that they will be bringing benefit to business, that they'll be pointed in the right direction and that they will be taking an active role in their own careers.”

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