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Career strategy and goal setting

Plan your career strategy and set goals for your career and personal development with our selection of books, articles and quick links to useful resources.

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Take charge of your professional growth through self-mentoring: These 4 steps help you find yourself, by yourself
This article offers suggestions for professional growth through self-mentoring.

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Career confidence with CABA

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The Library provides full text access to a selection of key business and reference eBooks from leading publishers. eBooks are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users. If you are unable to access an eBook, please see our Help and support advice or contact library@icaew.com.

Becoming an accountant: is accountancy really the career for you

Careers development advice for anyone considering working in the accountancy profession. The book covers how accountants train, where they work and what work they undertake. It also provides detailed guidance on qualifications, where to find work, areas of work, and case studies from qualified accountants.

Developing executive talent: best practices from global leaders

The book includes chapters on the importance of talent management for long-term business success, an overview of talent management processes, succession management, recruitment, career development, talent management and workplace diversity, brand management, and integrating talent management with other human resource processes.

Effective people management

The book includes chapters on team building, personal effectiveness, staff recruitment, performance management, employment issues, implementing change, and career management.

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Online articles

The Library provides access to leading business, finance and management journals. These journals are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

Negotiating your next job

If you’re looking to further your career it’s important to think strategically about what you want, together with how to get it. The authors discuss four steps to help you prepare for career negotiations, whether joining another company or moving into a different role with your current employer.

Upskilling with RPA: prepare for the technologies that will change the face of finance and accounting

The article discusses the emerging use of robotic process automation (RPA) in finance and accounting processes and emphasises the importance for finance professionals to understand how to play a role in RPA implementation.

How mentorship and sponsorship build your career

Mentorship and sponsorship are two common ways for others to help you on your career path, but they serve different roles in your professional development. This article compares the sponsorship or mentee experience with the mentorship role and explains how to find a sponsor or find a mentor.

Survival guide

Six tips to help soon-to-be graduates develop their careers during an economic downturn from experts who got their own degrees during the Great Recession. Their advice includes focusing on your wellbeing, researching employers and tailoring your applications, improving your professional skills, and saving for emergencies.

Learning to learn: Mental tools to help you master new skills

The fast pace of change in the business environment means executives must understand and quickly adapt to big shifts in how their companies operate and how work gets done. This article explores aspiration, self-awareness and curiosity as key attributes for successfully acquiring new knowledge and skills quickly for personal and career development. It presents practical strategies to shift your mindset to become an effective learner.

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Useful links

CABA: Work
Tips and advice from the Chartered Accountants' Benevolent Association on dealing with work-related issues.

Mentoring and executive coaching
ICAEW mentors and coaches offer finance professionals at all stages in their careers with practical and personal guidance, support, knowledge and access to business leaders with specialist expertise or industry experience.

Strategic career mapping can lead to professional fulfilment
Article by Teri Saylor offering advice to accountants on how to set long-term career goals that are personally and professionally satisfying. Published in CPA Insider on 22 July 2019.

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