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Career options abound for CPA members

Career options abound for CPA members

Alex Malloy, CEO of CPA Australia. Picture: Supplied.

CPA qualified graduate accountants have access to a vast range of career opportunities as well as the opportunity to earn "good money" says accounting industry leader Alex Malley.

Mr Malley, CEO of CPA Australia, one of the world's leading accounting bodies, told CareerOne that employment prospects for its members had remained solid throughout the GFC.

“It’s because the CPA skill set is extremely flexible and allows our members to work in the accounting or commercial sector in a variety of different positions,” he explained.

“The designation is also globally recognised, so it’s a passport to work in other parts of the world.”

According to Mr Malley salaries in the accounting industry remained solid through the downturn but they were starting to see more growth.

“Accountants are in demand so people are commanding good salaries as a result,” he said.

His advice to accounting graduates trying to figure out what they want to do with their career was to be very selective with their choice of work.

“Your career options are limitless but some people can be more focused on the name of their employer rather than want they really want to do or are interested in doing when looking for a job,” he said.

“In my experience as a former accountant and as a mentor, the people who do best are the people who stay focused on what they want to do.”

To find out more about the employment opportunities and other benefits of becoming a CPA qualified member attend CPA Australia's Global Opportunities 2010.

The events will take place nationally through out March and are open to students or young professionals already working in the industry who may be considering a career change.

Attendees will be able to speak to leading employers from Australia and overseas to find out more about potential employment opportunities, the requirements of suitable candidates, the job application process and other career tips.

Calender of free events:
Adelaide     Fri 5 Mar 2pm – 6pm    Adelaide Convention Centre, North Terrace
Brisbane     Mon 8 Mar    4pm – 8pm    Sofitel Brisbane, 249 Turbot Street
Melbourne     Tue 9 Mar    5pm – 9pm    Crown Conference Centre, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank
Hobart     Mon 15 Mar    4pm – 8pm    Wrest Point Hobart, 410 Sandy Bay Road, Sandy Bay
Perth     Mon 22 Mar    4pm – 8pm    Perth Convention Exhibition Centre, 21 Mounts Bay Rd
Canberra     Wed 24 Mar    4pm – 8pm    National Convention Centre, 31 Constitution Ave
Darwin     Wed 24 Mar    4pm – 8pm    NT CPA Australia office, Lvl 3, 62 Cavenagh St
Sydney     Mon 29 Mar    4pm – 8pm    Wesley Conference Centre, 220 Pitt St

For more information on or to register visit