Over 1,000 students at accounting career awareness sessions

Over 1,000 secondary school students have attended over 60 sessions organized by the Malta Institute of Accountants to raise their awareness of the opportunities offered by the accountancy profession.

Participation in physical sessions, which were mostly voluntary, as well as virtual #AccountsForYou sessions, attracted students from more than 40 public, religious and independent schools. The sessions were aimed primarily at students in grades 8 and 11, during which they make important study choices for the upcoming school year. In addition to MIA staff, the sessions were moderated by industry leaders who shared practical examples of how accountancy professionals can thrive in Malta or abroad.

The MIA said Malta’s economy is emerging and regenerating from the challenges of the pandemic, while transforming through a digital and green transition. “In this context, accounting should play an even more important role, as international regulations require professionals in the field to measure not only the financial performance of companies, but also their commitment to climate and social objectives,” said the MIA. .

He added that new career opportunities should be created every year for members of the profession in a wide range of economic sectors and in various positions, and not necessarily limited to financial administration, but also to management positions. , business strategy, consulting, auditing and project management, among others.

MIA President David Delicata said: “While students will always be encouraged to pursue careers that inspire them, the institute has sought to raise awareness of the opportunities that await them. Our aim was to show students the relevance of having financial knowledge and the doors that accountancy as a subject can open, including pursuing an accountancy qualification – but ultimately the choice remains between their hands.

He added that while accounting has traditionally been defined as the management of a company’s finances, the training and experience acquired by these professionals allows individuals to develop important skills that can be widely used throughout their lives. professional.

MIA’s Managing Director, Maria Cauchi Delia, stressed the importance of knowing the opportunities that exist, not only in terms of potential career options, but also in terms of life skills that can be acquired through career paths. specific studies.

“Digital transformation, the pandemic and other external and internal forces changing the business environment are transforming the role of the traditional accountant, rendering some functions obsolete while accelerating the creation of new ones,” she said. “The accountancy profession has consistently survived the test of time over the years and has been able to adapt to and even influence changing societal and business needs.”

Digital transformation, the pandemic and other external and internal forces altering the business environment are transforming the role of the traditional accountant, rendering some functions obsolete while accelerating the creation of new ones.– Maria Cauchi Delia, General Manager of MIA

Cauchi Delia added that the institute is evaluating the feedback received from the students themselves and their educators, with a view to further developing this initiative in the coming years.

The sessions were organized with the support of the Accounting Department of the Directorate of Learning and Assessment Programs (DLAP) of the Ministry of Education. The institute also thanked the companies supporting the initiative as well as its member committees and student groups who have been instrumental in the development of the campaign.

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