Graduate careers

Eager to kick-start your graduate finance career by studying for a professional financial qualification?

A professional qualification with CIMA is the best preparation for an international career in business. Most accountancy qualifications train people for private practice, working on external audit and tax issues. CIMA is different. It’s rooted in real-world business needs, preparing people like you to take their place in the action-packed world of UK and international business.

What are the entry routes?
CIMA is the natural progression for people with finance and business degrees. The great news is that there are many employers who will sponsor you to study the CIMA Professional Qualification – and if you have already studied a relevant degree or qualification, you may be entitled to exemptions from some CIMA exams.

However, you don’t need a relevant degree to start your CIMA studies. Graduates in other disciplines start by studying the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting, which gives them a solid grounding to then progress to the CIMA Professional Qualification.

What is management accountancy?
Management accountants don’t fit the stereotype of number-crunchers. In fact, quite the opposite. Chartered management accountants are at the heart of all strategic decisions that are key to business success. They work out how much and how many, and get results by looking at trends and behaviour. Ever wondered who decides on the price per song on iTunes and how? Or why festival tickets work out more expensive for one day than the whole weekend? Management accountants operate in all types of organisations, often having top jobs, with many going on to run their own businesses.

Join CIMA’s undergraduate club
Looking to connect with leading employers while still studying for your degree? Join CIMA’s undergraduate club and gain vital skills to set you apart at assessment centres and interviews. It's free and easy; sign up here