K R Muthu Manickam ACMA, CGMA, vice president of HDFC Bank in India, has been a CIMA member for 13 years. He explains how the CIMA qualification has been of value to him in his successful career.
Why did you choose CIMA and how did you hear about it?
The CIMA curriculum stood apart from others. I could see tremendous value addition.
What skills have you gained or developed through studying CIMA?
Apart from the analytical skills and the ability to produce value to the organisation by interpreting the analytics, CIMA provides the vital orientation to convert all this into an appropriate presentation material to make an impact.
How has CIMA membership helped you professionally?
CIMA commands respect in the accounting fraternity and has provided me with good skill sets to navigate through challenging situations
How have you helped add value to your company?
My proudest achievement was facilitating USD13 million’s worth of savings to my employer in the 2008-2009 financial year.
How is CPD of value in the constantly changing business environment?
CPD allows one to be abreast of the latest developments in the industry and the accounting world. It allows a member to be up to date.
Do you actively support your staff to study the CIMA professional qualification?
I promote CIMA strongly to my staff when they approach me for guidance.
How did getting your CIMA qualification make you feel?
CIMA is like a full course meal. It makes one a well rounded professional to take on corporate challenges with confidence.
Obtaining the CIMA qualification is a testament to the skill sets one has acquired and provides the much needed confidence.
What are the most rewarding aspects of your job?
I enjoy the opportunity to employ my skill sets to help deliver value to my organisation.