Date posted: 27/07/2020 4 min read

New guide for CAs seeking to plan changes to their career

CA ANZ has created a new guide to support Chartered Accountants navigate changes in their career — an especially timely resource given the disruption of COVID-19.

In Brief

  • New career transition toolkit informs, guides and supports accounting professionals on their career journey
  • Step-by-step advice on building a foundation, ‘exploring the core’, setting goals, taking action, assessing and refining your approach
  • Links to a wealth of resources

The Career Transition toolkit provides the information, advice and support that Chartered Accountants need to make a smooth transition to different stages of their career. It is the product of research, consultation and interviews with experts to help professionals respond to disruptive change.

"We’ve seen a significant increase in interest from members in career support over recent months,” says Catherine Kennedy FCA, Manager segment support. “The onset of COVID-19 really heightened people’s anxiety that career plans would be disrupted and there would be redundancies and changes in their workplaces.”

During the last few months, Kennedy has received feedback from CA members at different stages of their career. In May, in the middle of the lockdown, CA ANZ held a webinar on “Design thinking: navigating your career as a Chartered Accountant”, and surveyed participants beforehand. It found that:

  • 23% of participants were currently looking for a new role
  • 26% wanted to stay in their current job and/or were looking for career progression
  • 42% were planning a career transition

Career transition is something that CA Luke Kemeys has spent a lot of time contemplating. Just before he turned 30, he jumped ship from a well-paying accounting role in Auckland to set up his own accountancy firm with colleague Phil Smith.

“We wanted to do something that was more in line with our values,” said Kemeys. “We felt we had so much more to add to clients, and to the world, and needed the space to prove it.” Today, their firm nextAdvisory has a slew of clients and is encouraging them to adopt cloud accounting.

The Career Transition toolkit leads members through a process and handy resources based on their particular career stage. First, they’re encouraged to set a foundation and develop a growth mindset, and build resilience to ensure they can weather the transition.

Next, the ‘explore the core’ section shows members how to find purpose in their work and personal life. Natalie Yan-Chatonsky, CEO of Full Time Lives, applies a design thinking approach. “Many people feel paralysed with fear about what to do next,” she says. “So my job is to get them unstuck.”

As members start looking for new roles, the toolkit provides a downloadable job search checklist, adapted from CA Ireland. Additional resources provide useful guidance on tailoring resumes, getting feedback, networking and using social media channels.

Members can also join the “Opportunities Group” on My CA and post if they have new job offerings in their firm or if they’re searching for a new role. “It’s about CAs helping CAs in their community,” Kennedy says.

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