I have completed Level 3 AAT and am now looking to complete my Chartered exams. I am really keen to do CIMA, as I currently work as a Managament Accountant within a practice and think I will enjoy this more than working in stats.
I've asked my workplace if they support CIMA but they have just told me they would not normally, and never have done before. They are keen for me to do ACCA as they said they will have to do lots of research into CIMA and that will take time (and money I would presume!!) but I just think the syllabus sounds much more interesting, and I think I would do better in CIMA because 1. I will enjoy it more & 2. It is more relevant to what I want to do.
I would like to work in industry (although I have never done so before), as I enjoy the large clients here in my firm that I can really get to know. I currently only have two clients but they are the largest in the firm and need really detailed Man Accts. However, I don't want to limit my options...
My firm don't want to lose me, so I think if I did turn around and say CIMA was the only option they would aggre, but I'm concerned that they will then use the time took to research against giving me a pay rise, or even worse, suggest I pay for some of it. Technically they shouldn't as I have an ACCA training contract but I've been stung before in companies where I have put too much trust in partners of firms.
Any advice would be great!