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It will be difficult for you to believe, but passing the CA Final exams is only the first hurdle, and a relatively small one, that you will cross while you set sail for your professional journey. This is because your results in academics solely depend on your hard work and talent whereas in your career, market dynamics, business cycles, opportunities, your area of interest and ‘being at the right place at the right time’ will play a very significant role.
After clearing your exams and completing your articles ship, you will be shrouded by confusion in terms of career options and profiles which will help you achieve your professional objectives, provide the desired job satisfaction and professional growth. This desirable confusion is created by choices and options that a CA degree provides.
CA Qualification is Versatile
Arguably, no other profession gives such versatility to you career as a CA degree. Each subject in your CA Final exam can be a career choice in itself. Further, each subject offers you multiple career choices, e.g. under Audit you have Statutory Audit & Internal Audit, under Taxation you have Direct Taxes, Appeals, International Taxation & Transfer Pricing to name a few. Accountancy and Financial Management offer an array of options in the corporate and service sector. Again, all these avenues are open to you as a sole practitioner or as an employee. The possibilities are endless, and investment banking gives you a platform to realize a plethora of opportunities or even more.
The most important skill that determines success in an investment banking career is creativity with numbers. By virtue of the curriculum one pursues in Chartered Accountancy, you have a command over all forms of numerical analysis and are quite adept at innovating with numbers.
With globalization, there has been an influx of the world’s best investment banks to India. They bring with them exciting career opportunities, with regional mobility options and a fast track career to the pinnacle of corporate world. In addition to having the most attractive ‘performance based remuneration’, a career in investment banking can perfectly cater to the aspirations of a CA in terms of job satisfaction and career growth. Working with the best minds of the country and developing leadership skills to inspire innovation at every level is only an added fillip to why you should pursue a career in investment banking.
Hence CA’s hold an edge when it comes to making a career in investment banking industry and investment banking will naturally fit into a CA’s long term career plan. In the next posts we will delve into facets of Finance that will interest you and make the best use of your qualification.