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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

ICAEW members are entitled to free, confidential support from CABA, including professional career support.

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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.

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. Topics discussed include the need for professionals to define their passion or interests and the activities that energize them; the need to identify and develop one's skills; and the importance of observing and learning from leaders that people admire. Also mentioned is the importance of receiving constructive feedback.

People-centered leadership

The article offers information on the importance of employee management for business development. Topics discussed include information on providing services for the career development of employees; discussions on the services for the benefits of employees; and the advice on caring the employee conduct of life.

Retention plan: Carriers get creative to keep employees happy

Article reporting on the efforts made by insurance companies to retain employees. It mentions the use of basic fringe benefits such as health insurance and retirement plans, flexibility in work time and space, and career development services.

Reboot your career

Career experts offer tips on how to comfortably ask for a pay rise using tactics including scheduling a planning session with your manager at the start of the year, knowing your value and raising your profile using some metrics-driven examples of accomplishments.

Recruiting is only half the battle

The article discusses the processes in hiring accountants and the things needed to maintain employees in accounting firms. It mention that it is normal for accounting firms to formulate a more attractive working environment to have an appeal for the young talents particularly in a number of millennials. It adds that there are a number of things that accounting firms should contend with in hiring millennials including making sure that they have a proper career path.

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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.

Talk Careers
Network, blog and forum for accountants and finance professionals.

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