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Accountancy, you can count on it

WHAT does Tan Sri Tony Fernandes (Air Asia) and Chef Wan (Malaysian Celebrity Chef) have in common? The answer: They were both accountants.

Today, a lot of CEOs started off as accountants and some were called in to turn around a company in trouble.

Accountancy is a broad profession, said Pg Hj Moksin bin Pg Hj Yusof, President of Brunei Darussalam Institute of Certified Public Accountants (BICPA).

Haslina Hj Mohd Taib, CEO of BAG Networks, added that it is well sought-after career path, where good accountants are not just auditors, but also as managers and CEOs.

Pg Hj Moksin said the accountancy profession is one of the most rewarding career, both in terms of remuneration and career development.

Pg Hj Mohsin and Haslina spoke to the Bulletin after presenting as panels at the Forum on Accountancy Profession during a roadshow and mini job fair at Airport Mall, jointly organised by Revenue Division and Registry of Companies and Business Names Division, Ministry of Finance yesterday.

The forum was moderated by Mokhtar Abdullah, CEO of the Centre for Islamic Banking Finance and Management (CIBFM).

Haslina explained that due to the ability of accountants to be rational and innovative in dealing with numbers, the profession is also more than just about check and balance.

Chartered accountants can work anywhere in the world – the qualification is a ticket to work anywhere and there is little boundary or limit to their career progression.

Pg Hj Moksin said that while it is true that obtaining professional accountancy quali­fication or getting chartered is not easy, through hard work and dedication, it is not impossible.

Pg Hj Moksin advised students to take the shortest route, for example students can take Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) right after a minimum qualification of ‘O’ Level.

The Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) Qualification is highly regarded accounting technician qualification design­ed for people who are looking to start a career in finance, achieve recognition for the skills and experience already gained in employment or gain accelerated progression to the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) qualification.

The problem, according to Pg Hj Mohsin, was that some parents would question students not taking other academic path after their ‘O’ or ‘A’ Levels.

Pg Hj Moksin urged students to seek counselling from such bodies as BICPA, where the students and most importantly the parents can get a clear understanding once a student is committed to go for accountancy qualification in shortest possible route.

Besides forum on accountancy profession, there was also a talk by the Department of Economic Planning and Development (JPKE) on scholarships.

The forum was part of the “Compliance: The Key For growth Roadshow and Mini Job Fair”.

Courtesy: Borneo Bulletin (26 May 2014)