Date posted: 26/02/2021 5 min read

Why you should be harnessing international networks

New York-based accountant Jayson Poulton CA is encouraging CA ANZ members working overseas to network with other CAs.

In Brief

  • The CA accreditation is seen as a ticket to overseas opportunities.
  • 2020 saw CA ANZ’s ‘Americas Hub’ piloted alongside the launch of CAW Network USA.
  • These new platforms support the work of local representatives organising events in many cities across the US and Canada.

By Stuart Ridley

Like many fresh-faced accounting graduates in Australia and New Zealand, Jayson Poulton CA figured he’d work in public practice, gain his CA accreditation, then head off to see the world.

And it pretty much all went to plan.

From Horwath in Melbourne (later merging with BDO), he studied for the CA after hours “because I knew having that higher qualification would mean I could go overseas at a higher level,” he says.

After rising to the position of assistant manager at BDO, Poulton pursued the popular rite of passage of working in London with a large brokerage house, before moving to the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) in London as manager of Institutional Banking and Markets (IB&M) Finance.

Now senior manager, IB&M Finance with CBA in New York, Poulton acknowledges he benefitted from the CA ANZ network around the globe, which helped him build his knowledge and opened doors to incredible career opportunities.

Jayson Poulton CAPicture: Jayson Poulton CA.

CA designation is a ticket to the world

While international travel is off the cards for some time, Poulton is nonetheless eager to promote the benefits of networking with chartered accountants around the world.

“We’re in a very fortunate profession that your CA qualification means you can quite easily walk into an interesting accounting-related job in another country and expand your network further,” he notes, adding that being a CA helped him gain his role in New York.

But while Poulton says the CA brand is well recognised in Australia, New Zealand and London, it isn’t as widely acknowledged in the US, something he is keen to change.

“While us eligible members can become accredited CPAs, I realised there wasn’t the same large chartered accountant network I was used to in the UK, so we’re working to change that,” says Poulton, who was appointed a councillor of the CA ANZ Council, representing ‘Rest of the World’ members, in January 2020. 

Linking CAs in the US

2020 saw CA ANZ’s ‘Americas Hub’ piloted alongside the launch of Chartered Accountants Worldwide (CAW) Network USA, both of which are huge steps forward for CA ANZ members in the region, says Poulton.

As well as strengthening the connection between US-based CA ANZ members and their ‘home’ organisation through regular regional updates, these new platforms support the work of local representatives or ‘link members’ organising events in many cities across the US and Canada.

During the height of the pandemic in 2020, those events were all online. Poulton says he much prefers face-to-face meetings because it’s easier to build rapport in person, though he admits online meetings have their advantages.

“We’ll continue with some virtual events after COVID because they’re a great way to engage with all our members at once across every chapter, especially those who aren’t in the capital cities,” he says.

“I strongly encourage members to get along to CA ANZ regional events in your area; whether you’re local or international, we’re here to support your career.”

What are CA ANZ’s aims in the US?

CA ANZ is also eager to expand the CA Mentor program and other knowledge-exchange opportunities for North America-based members, especially as cities transition back to normality after the pandemic.

“In 2020 the profession has supported clients through bushfires and the pandemic; a longer-term challenge will be supporting our clients and the wider community through sustainability and climate change,” says Poulton. 

“As trusted advisers, we are in the unique position to promote corporate social responsibility, as well as identifying material risks and advise on underlying financial and non-financial disclosures.”

Poulton lauds his Business teacher in high school for sparking his interest in the CA accreditation and a potential accounting career overseas. After all, there are nearly two-million members in the CAW Network.

Says Poulton: “Being a CA means embracing a lifelong learning culture to take you forward, because it’s a forever changing profession for an ever-changing world.”

“Being a CA means embracing a lifelong learning culture to take you forward, because it’s a forever changing profession for an ever-changing world."
Jayson Poulton CA

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