Welcome to our first Becoming a CMA – FAQs blog post! Over the past year we’ve interacted with hundreds of students over emails, career fairs, and information sessions. Many of the questions we come across are the same, so we’ve created this new blog series to address some key frequently asked questions.
What is a typical entry-level position for someone starting the CMA program out of university?
Part of the CMA training is achieving a minimum of 24 months of relevant, full-time work experience. However, when it comes to the CMA designation, there is no one “typical” position that satisfies this requirement. As a CMA candidate, you won’t have to article. Instead, you’ll have the opportunity to gain real-world industry experience while you complete your training.
In determining if your position will provide you with relevant experience, CMA will be looking for a position that involves analysis of financials, making strategic recommendations, and the demonstration of strong communication and leadership skills.
While your entry-level position might not meet all of our work experience requirements right away, there is no need to panic. As candidates progress through the Strategic Leadership Program, they strengthen existing skills and develop new ones, which in many cases will result in them progressively taking on additional work responsibilities and meeting these requirements.
Below are just a FEW examples of the different entry-level jobs students have held fresh out of university and upon entering the CMA Strategic Leadership Program.
Junior Accountant, Lululemon
Accounts Receivable Accountant, Vancouver Coastal Health
Financial Management Trainee, Telus
Price-to-Consumer Analyst, Labatt
Client Services Lead, Accenture
Financial Services Coordinator, WorkSafe BC
Junior Financial Analyst, Canadian Blood Services
Research Finance Assistant, BC Cancer Agency
Staff Accountant, KPMG
Supply Chain Management Trainee, Loblaw Companies
Treasury Analyst, PMC Sierra
No matter which position you choose to start out in, the CMA’s integration of on-the-job experience and education will teach you to apply management principles and operational knowledge to become a strong leader and decision-maker.
A great starting point for finding an entry-level CMA job is www.cmabcjobs.com, a job board exclusive to CMA students and members. If you are a post-secondary student, sign up to become a CMA Campus Member today to kick-start your career and get access to this exclusive site!
Have a question you would like to see addressed in a future blog post? Contact Katie@cmabc.com today.