The CGA program adapts to your learning style, career goals and lifestyle. As a CGA student, you have the opportunity to tailor your professional studies to compliment your personal career path, allowing you to find exciting and rewarding positions within any economic sector. Whether your chosen field is in the corporate sector, non-profit, government, or public practice, you not only have the choice of determining how to pursue your financial career, but CGA’s exclusive national program also gives you the choice of where you want to pursue your financial career.
CGAs are recruited for the most senior financial management positions and command maximum earning power. Manitoba CGAs hold financial executive positions as Presidents, CEOs, CFOs, Directors, Partners, etc. and rank in the top five percent of income earners in Canada.
Students in the CGA program receive immediate career advantages. In fact, CGA students working in accounting and finance continue to enjoy rising salaries. Employers recognize that CGA students demonstrate high levels of dedication and competence and are being professionally groomed under Canada’s most demanding financial management curriculum. With the CGA designation you bear the mark of professional competence, proof that you have what it takes to exceed employer expectations.
A career in public practice offers you the opportunity to deliver a wide range of business services that include accounting, auditing, tax planning, and business consulting, to a variety of personal and corporate clients. This career supports unlimited personal and financial career growth in a continuously challenging and changing environment. It also offers the opportunity of achieving practice ownership as a partner or sole proprietor. There are currently over 120 public practice firms in the province, including many in the rural communities. Over the next five to ten years, it is anticipated that approximately 80% of firm partners will be in a position to retire – opening a wealth of opportunities for experienced CGA students and members.
If you want to control your own career destiny, are looking for a flexible lifestyle, and possess an entrepreneurial spirit, then public practice may be for you.
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Careers in the corporate sector offer you an unparalleled choice of opportunities and unlimited advancements. Corporate employers range from small business owners to multinational entities and deliver an infinite variety of products and services. Regardless of their size and product, however, businesses rely on CGAs to meet their complex and ever-changing financial and management needs.
Opportunities in the corporate sector range from entry level student positions in accounts receivable to most senior executive positions as President or Chief Financial Officer. In between, CGA students and members may advance through such career steps as Financial Analyst, Internal Auditor, Controller, Director of Finance, Vice-President, and the list goes on.
CGAs employed in the corporate sector hold the confidence that their sector hold the confidence that their professional competencies are held in high demand and that the flexibility their career offers will suit their interests and lifestyles.
This broad sector employs almost 35% of the accounting profession. It encompasses all levels of government – federal, provincial, and municipal; association management; charitable/non-profit organization management; health service organizations; and education, and offers a variety of interesting and challenging professional career opportunities.
Careers in the government and not-for-profit sectors are personally rewarding, offering a wide range of lifestyle benefits, including the unique opportunity of making a positive contribution to your community. Financial management positions for CGAs can range from Auditor at Canada Revenue Agency to Chief Financial Officer at a local hospital to the Executive Director of a charitable organization.