Welcome to Vision

May 03, 2019
We are delighted to support Chartered Accountants Ireland in publishing the second issue of Vision, which documents the journeys, thoughts and advice of experienced fellow members. We received enormously positive feedback from the inaugural issue, and we welcome any further feedback that will help make the next edition even more relevant.

As a collective, there is no better-connected professional body than Chartered Accountants Ireland. Our colleagues have moved into industry and have been hugely successful, scattering themselves far and wide. We permeate the top echelons of business life, both in Ireland and abroad. We operate at executive level in, and often run, public and private companies, banks, insurance companies, private equity firms, consultancy firms and the list goes on.

While we may highly value our professional membership, given the multitude of professional and personal demands on us, many of us do not have the time or energy to invest in fully leveraging its potential benefits. This does not mean that we are disinterested – far from it.

This publication provides members with the opportunity to read and reflect upon the career paths others have taken. You might even recognise someone! For experienced members, it may help us take stock of where we are in our own careers. For more recently qualified members, the stories will hopefully provide an insight into the range of opportunities available and the exciting journey that lies ahead.

My teenage son turned to me the other day and said: “Dad, in 10 years’ time accountants won’t exist, it will all be done by computers”. If this is reflective of that generation’s thinking, it will become increasingly difficult to attract the brightest and best into the sector. We all have a vested interest in keeping the Institute professional, relevant and interesting to those looking to forge a career. To attract them, we must sell the profession by telling them what we do.

Most importantly, I would like to express my sincere thanks to the participants for their time spent in contributing to this publication. I owe a debt of gratitude to all.

Marcus Kelly FCA
Managing Director, FK International