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17 Oct 2018

Kilian Gargan

The last two weeks mark the successful ascent for ACA students on their long journey to become Chartered Accountants. Between the long hours on the audits, numerous deadlines, evening lectures, final exams and several thousand cups of coffee the journey is now complete. This marks the end of the training contracts for the students, in reality it is  just the beginning.

For all the students who graduated are now at the start of what hopes to be a tremendous career with bright hopes ahead. With the Chartered Accountancy recognition these members are now at the forefront to develop and enhance our economies and business not just in Ireland but throughout the world. With CAI now representing over six thousand students and twenty six thousand members, it is the fastest growing Accountancy Qualification in Ireland.

The fantastic efforts from everyone at Chartered Accountants Ireland made for a fantastic evening for everyone at the Belfast graduation ceremony. The ceremony led by Becky Bistrow proved to be a fantastic day for everyone involved. While congratulating the students on their accomplishments, the afternoon ceremony focused not only on the qualification, but also what it means to be a Chartered Accountant and the integrity and character that is carried with it. To quote this year’s president, Feargal McCormack:

“I don’t care how much you know until I know how much you care.”

This theme for the speech highlighted the importance and necessity for the fellow members to act with care and respect and demanded that the members perform with confidence in their ability to do the right thing, even when it is not the easiest option. For the other students graduating in Dublin we wish them the best of luck and will be joining them for their ceremony next week.

We were honoured to be the sponsor of the event and on behalf of everyone at Brightwater, we want to thank CAI for their fantastic hospitality and efforts to make the event the success that it was.