Successful Management Accountants

10 February 2008 |

I have been sending invites through www.spock.com to connect the people I know and people through from I would like to you. Some of the subscribers of Management Accountant Blog must have already received invitations to connect to my profile.

One of the profile I came across is Usha Murali and impressed by the introduction on her profile.

"B.com, FICWA, CS with around 10 years experience in Cost and Management accounting. Presently working in the shared service centre of a multinational bank spearheading their Activity Based costing initiatives. Am interested in exchanging info and views on ABC,developing models in SAS etc"
The profile looks very impressive for anyone to connect. I read her views on cma_india yahoogroups about how she got a job offer for the position not open for ICWAI members. Her email below:

"Recently I was chased by a headhunter to attend an interview in an IT company for the post of "Sr manager-costing and MIS" but in the job profile given to me , they had mentioned "BE& MBA" with 8-10 years experience in costing/mis/pricing/lob wise profitability analysis/activity based costing etc..

I was initially not comfortable attending this interview as they had not asked for ICWAs.But the company called me up after going through my profile.I did the interview very well and I also got an offer (though I rejected it due to timing constraint being US company and also I got a better offer from a mnc bank which I will be joining in the new year).

Apart from domain knowledge, what they look for in a candidate is soft skills like good communication skills, negotiating skills, leadership skills and team spirit. In this competitive world, I think all these qualities help in contributing productively to the company and the profession at large. Hence I feel ICWAI should give lot of importance in developing these skills in the students. We "management accountants" as a group should take pride of being a member of ICWAI and help the profession to get the recognition it duly deserves by contributing to the growth of the company where we work."
The role model for students who are pursing a qualification or junior members of profession are those who have reached the top of the corporate ladder or profession. You will find CIMA and ACCA publish articles in their magazine about their successful members and interviews how they managed to read the top. I feel, ICWAI journal - Management Accountant should take a cue from it and publish the profile of successful members, interview and views in the journal. For e.g. D K Sarraf , Director Finance, ONGC.

What about you ?
  • Linkedin: You should start building your professional network on www.linkedin.com of people who you know and worked with them. Linkedin had impressive profiles of Management Accountants. Do not accept invitation from people you do not know as it may comprise your network.
  • Spock: Start building your network on www.spock.com . This may be people who do not know them but you know they have got good credentials to be associated in your network. Spock validates the results about you on the internet and your network validates the results about you. I find people are shy to put their photo !!! Unless the network feels about you how they are going to get interested to connect. The objective of building and promoting yourself on spock is promoting yourself as a "Professional". (Atleast you will never be out of any work at any time in life).
I gave a feedback to Spock, how will people be interested in their website. There should be some tangible benefits for the user. Here is something the website

What is my Search Network?

Your Search Network is defined as the group of people that are most relevant to you when searching. Members of your network do not have to be members of Spock; the only requirement for inclusion in your network is that Spock has a search result for them from the internet.

Your Search Network includes:

Trusted Contacts
Users that you establish a Trust Relationship with on Spock
Second Degree Trusted Contacts
Users that have established a Trust relationship with your Trusted Contacts
Saved Search Results
People you have bookmarked through searching your address book, saving a search result on the site, or adding to your related people.
Network

Your Search Network allows you to quickly aggregate all of the people in your life in one place so you can easily find information about them. You can search for people who are within two degrees of you, discover people that share mutual interests, activities, or professions, and make meaningful connections.


So start building your connections. So when you find a successful ICWAI on spock, please let me know the profile on spock. I will show it on the MA blog.

Share your comments on the blog post and I will happy to respond.

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Santosh Puthran
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