Did you know that the IMA (Institute of Management Accountants) has a podcast? It is called “Count Me In” and its producer and co-host, Adam Larsan, recently invited Brian Hock for an insightful conversation about professional certifications.
Here are some of the key takeaways:
- Certifications are not only about the title; they equip professionals with valuable skills.
- Using tools like AI enhances the strategic and human aspects of jobs, making professionals indispensable.
- Love basketball? Maybe you’re not a pro player, but every basketball team needs an accountant. Do you adore music but lack musical talent? Every record label hires accountants. It’s essential to recognize that accounting goes beyond tax and debits; it can align perfectly with your passion.
- Financial barriers to certification can deter young professionals, but the ROI makes it worthwhile.
- The breadth and difficulty of exams can be intimidating, but with a proper plan and dedication, they are passable.
- Acquiring a certification is like running a marathon. While it may seem daunting, the reward at the end is unparalleled.
- Being part of professional organizations like the IMA provides lifelong networking and growth opportunities.
- Certifications offer the opportunity for leadership and decision-making experience, which are crucial for career advancement.
Intrigued to know more? Tune into the “Count Me In” podcast for the full conversation and a deeper dive into how certifications can propel your career to new heights: