Chasing career dream results in international pathway to Australia

Parvej Ahmed CA felt he had met “all the big roles” in his homeland of Bangladesh before relocating to Australia.

In brief

  • A desire to work in a larger financial market fuelled Parvej Ahmed’s move to Australia
  • After completing the CA ANZ International Pathway Program (IPP), he is now working for Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  • Completing the IPP gave him confidence to work in a new international market

Two years ago Parvej Ahmed CA arrived in Australia to follow his passion in financial services. Today he’s working for the nation’s largest bank.

It was October 2020 when Mr Ahmed and his family travelled more than 7171 kilometres by plane from Bangladesh to Australia. His decision to relocate was fuelled by a need for a new challenge.

Mr Ahmed, who now works as an audit manager at Commonwealth Bank in Sydney, says he met “all the big roles” in his home country. 

After completing his university studies in 2008, he went on to obtain his CA qualification at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh.

In 2012 he secured the role as head of internal audit and compliance at IPDC Finance before moving to United Commercial Bank in 2013 as first vice president and internal auditor. After almost six years with the organisation, Mr Ahmed moved to Prime Bank, becoming vice president, business finance analysis and reporting.

Despite having senior management experience, Mr Ahmed wanted the chance to work within larger financial markets. He turned his sights to Australia.

Australia’s economy, based on its GDP, is A$2.5 trillion. This compares to Bangladesh’s GDP of A$458 billion.

He says while he understood the culture, economic trends and legislation of Bangladesh, there were no shared similarities with Australia. He needed his qualifications to be recognised in Australia.

As part of his relocation plans, he undertook CA ANZ’s three-day International Pathway Program (IPP). The IPP is designed for experienced members of designated overseas CA bodies who are living in Australia or New Zealand and are seeking membership of CA ANZ.

“There was a need for my skills to be transferable to the Australian market,” he says.

“This is where the IPP really played a good role.”

He says the program was developed in such a way that it gives a high level of understanding of the Australian market, the players and the customer base.

“The course was really good and designed in a very effective way. I would recommend it to others,” he says.

It is designed to cater for financial professionals from a broad range of experience, education and cultural backgrounds to provide them an opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge application and professional skills expected of all CA ANZ members.

The current international bodies involved in the IPP are the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka), the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nepal (ICAN), the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB).

As a ICAB member, Mr Ahmed enrolled in the program when it opened for intakes in September 2021 and completed the program in 2022, meaning he now had CA ANZ membership.

“If you have the right mindset and the patience it’s very effective. You can succeed on that,” he says.

After completing the IPP Mr Ahmed applied for his current job with CBA. One of the preferred criteria of the role was to be a CA ANZ member.

“CA is a recognised professional degree. When you have that, you have the initial confidence to contribute to the organisation,” he says.

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