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Siân Jones ACMA
The Global Travel Group
'CIMA enabled ME to qualify without mountains of student debt.'
Why did you choose to study CIMA after your A levels instead of a degree?
I wanted to be able to continue working whilst I was studying so I didn’t have mountains of student debt to pay off. This way I have been able to study and save money. I do feel I have an advantage over those who are now looking for work because as well as the qualification I also have the experience behind me.
Please tell us why you chose to study CIMA rather than another professional qualification
CIMA is more focused on business than any other professional accountancy qualification and allows insight into other areas of an organisation such as marketing and human resources.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I enjoy the variety. Management accounting allows you to be more involved with the operations of the business and the other departments instead of merely number crunching, you are able to look at the bigger picture and think strategically. You also have more interaction with non-finance staff which makes the role a lot more interesting.
Do people have any misconceptions about your role and accountancy in general?
A lot of people think accountants are boring and have no social life! However, I like nothing more than having a drink and a dance with my friends!
What advice would you give to anyone thinking of studying towards the CIMA qualification?
I would advise anyone to study the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting rather than a degree as I am now a CIMA member at 22 and this is a great achievement for me.
If CIMA was a holiday destination where would it be and why?
CIMA is like a skiing holiday in the French Alps. It can be tough but worth it!