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Real Business : 2013 Issue 1
In profile: cedric laverdure STUdeNT corNer who do cPAs work for? CPA Australia members work in diverse roles around the world with companies such as ANZ, HSBC, Deloitte, PwC, KPMG, E rnst & Young, ATO, Grant Thornton, adidas, BDO, Coca-Cola Amatil, Sony, Prada and Apple. 5 Why did you study accounting and business? I believe there is a direct relationship between accounting, finance and business management. If you are managing an organisation it is important to understand how finance and accounting will affect it and the decisions that need to be made. Did you work and study? I worked in retail, then as a finance officer in a law firm, then an assistant accountant in a public practice firm. How did you cope with university exams? It is fundamental to keep on top of reading and revision during the semester. How did you network? I started by being a student mentor for the university and a student ambassador for CPA Australia. I also participated in career fairs, open days and projects including CPA Australia’s The Naked CEO Boardroom and Real Business competitions. Winning both, I had the chance to network with key CPA Australia stakeholders . These experiences have enabled me to enlarge my network. Some of the relationships worked, others failed, but it is part of the journey to use that experience to help improve the next opportunity. It was not as easy as I expected, but perseverance pays off. Networking has enabled me to build and develop relationships with people and to learn how they have reached their goals. It was highly motivational. Any advice to students? Always have a positive attitude and a willingness to achieve a better outcome. Achieving your goals requires effort and determination. My university degree is not recognised by CPA Australia. Can I still become a member? Yes. CPa australia offers foundation level exams for those applicants who still want to become a CPa, but who don’t quite meet the CPa Program professional level requirements. More information can be found at cpaaustralia.com . au/apply. What is the CPA Program? The CPa Program integrates core accounting knowledge with strategy, leadership and international business themes. it has 14 education segments with a foundation level, professional level and practical experience requirement. To become a CPa you must: hold a degree or postgraduate award recognised by CPa australia have successfully met the assessment criteria or, alternatively, have completed the CPa Program foundation level core knowledge areas (exemptions may apply) have successfully completed the CPa Program professional level exams have successfully completed the CPa Program practical experience requirement how to become a cpa What is the foundation level? The CPa Program foundation level comprises eight exams that ensure you’re ready to undertake the professional level component of the CPa Program. if you hold a degree or postgraduate award accredited by CPa australia, you may be exempt from all or some of these. Is my course recognised by CPA Australia? use the search function at cpaaustralia.com.au /accreditedcourses to check. Guest editor Cedric laverdure, 25, graduated from Central Queensland university, australia, last year, majoring in accounting and business management. He is now an accountant with property and investment group FKP limited.
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