What’s Next After The CMA Title?

Miriam Hapiz - Distinguished Performance Award_REVISED 2

Most of the stories shared recently are all about looking back on how the events unfolded along the CMA journey. How the dream has been conceptualized and eventually realized victoriously. All of us savour the taste of emerging as winner in our own battles be it in the form of pressures at work or in school and even the distractions at home. We now reminisce with gratitude those who have become instruments assisting us along the way as we exert our efforts in reaching for our differently viewed but similar targets. They are rightfully addressed and deserve to be recognized.

Together with this accomplishment, I think there is more than the act of achieving what we have initially set for ourselves. As the clichĂ© goes, it is only the beginning. The actual examination may have concluded our painstaking review and studying and even the friendship created but the true essence of pursuing the title I believe are the decisions and the new dreams that we will create, plan and fulfil using the CMA certification that we have earned as our tool, our confidence-booster and competitive edge empowering us in today’s business world.

What has the three-letter acronym after our name has contributed to us? In all the pain, there must be a gain. Let me share with you my thoughts. Personally, the idea of aiming for this recognition has revived my academic self. Studying again has refreshed my thirst for learnings and even sharpened my mind and put to test my skills set. I honestly enjoyed solving problems and answering theoretical questions. However there were times that these, at the back of my mind, were becoming too procedural and mind-aching as well. I also reached a point where I asked myself if all the concepts that we must study could really be of use and be applied in the workplace and practical world at large. With all of these doubts and strains, I realized that true learning does not only take place and does not end at acquiring data and information. It is the process of using these information that teaches us to comprehend better and be more analytical. Problem-solving gives us exercises on critical-thinking skills that are definitely useful not just at work but also in our personal lives. The learning curve and the standard deviation may not directly point to us the solutions for the problems at hand but if we are trained on how to think effectively and critically, we can plan our way to the solution. All these are part of the CMA journey that we all went through. This is one of the reasons why CMA’s are expected to evaluate and recommend choices for decision-making.

What do we do after receiving our certificates and being allowed to use the CMA designation?

This is a more pressing concern as compared before. When we started the review, we knew what to do. Find time to study, cultivate the urge to read without becoming sleepy, commit to the habit of studying daily. Once we have convinced IMA that we deserve the certification at a minimum, what is next to happen?

Since my desire for learning has been sparked, I do not want to lose the momentum of holding all these knowledge. I decided to teach again and I dare to ask Sir Angel if I can also be a CMA instructor in Insights which he willingly accepted.

As I go on with my classes, I suddenly became aware of what my heart truly longs for. It is like finding the place where you feel that you belong and doing the things that excite you most, that is, sharing what you know: the simplification of confusing concepts, the tricks on deriving formulas, the shortcuts to save the precious time. It is like extending a part of myself to others in the manner that I know I do well and it gives an unequal fulfillment bearing in mind that I have helped others in reaching for their own dreams in the way I can and enjoy while at the same time engaging myself in an opportunity to test my own understanding and attaining mastery. This realization has given me direction as per my career path and has taken me to a higher level of self-awareness in seeking my purpose, my reason for existence.

I would like to close my sharing by expressing my gratefulness to all those behind the successes that we are celebrating:

  • To our Almighty God for leading me in this direction, for providing the means and the guts to pursue this investment
  • To my family for the loving care and the unwavering support all throughout
  • To my bosses and officemates for the understanding and the spirit of aspiration
  • To Insights and Sir Angel, for making me feel, be aware of and enjoy my professional value

Lastly, to all aspirants, whether it is CMA title or another dream, dreaming has five stages (according to Sir RB Savella): First is finding the dream. In our childhood days, we think of what we will become when we grow up. Second: Testing it. We go to school to learn how to do it. Third: Fulfilling that dream. We get to work to make it a reality. Fourth: Improving it. We seek continuing learning and growth. Fifth: Sharing the dream. We inspire others. To do this, we, on our own dream, must also be unendingly inspired.

May the Lord continue to inspire us to enjoy life, to dream more and to lead us to the path that He has prepared for us. Thank you once again!

 

The author, Miriam Leong Hapiz, is currently connected with Philippine National Oil Company-Exploration Corporation as an Attest Accountant. She earned her BSA degree in 2007 and passed the CPA examination in the same year. A dedicated member of the IMA Philippines Chapter, she holds the position of Chapter Secretary and assists in propagating the CMA Program in the country by visiting schools and universities in the Philippines. In passing the CMA examinations she earned the 4th highest average score in the Sept/Oct. 2014 Testing Window.

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