Advance notice: MyCIMA will be unavailable 19–23 April.
Please be aware that as of Monday 3rd April 2023 the ability to register as a new CIMA Candidate or re-activate your CIMA account has been suspended and will not be available until Tuesday 3rd May.
There will be a scheduled maintenance on Saturday, 1st of April at 17:30 BST to Sunday, 2nd of April at 9:00 BST. Users can still access MyCIMA to schedule or start an Exam but other MyCIMA services will not be available. Users will not be able access Study Planner, CGMA Store,, and Competency and Learning. In the meantime, we apologize for any inconvenience caused.

Bianca Ranasekara

Bianca, currently employed as a Market Research Intern at The Boeing Company, Frankfurt, is a highly motivated individual striving to move forward in the fields of Logistics and Air Transportation where female representation seems to be limited. She is an optimist and resolves her own challenges as life pass-by both academically and professionally. She is currently finalizing the Thesis for her Master’s Degree at the University of Applied Sciences Hof, Germany and is using her knowledge of business research to strengthen the innovation pipeline and influence market-driven business decisions in the field of aviation. Bianca has strong communication skills and is a friendly person to be around.

What prompted you to start your CIMA qualification?

Though I was born in Germany, a fair share of my life was spent in Sri Lanka; an island with a lot of qualified CIMA professionals. Having CIMA holders in my family circle and seeing how convincing their career stories were, encouraged me to acquire this qualification to shape my future which today I realize was a prolific decision. The groundwork laid by CIMA has helped me to pursue both my Bachelors and Masters degrees.

What turned out to be your biggest challenge in the CIMA qualification process?

Effective planning and task prioritization. Starting the CIMA journey in parallel to my Bachelor’s degree in Sri Lanka followed by an internship and a thesis while balancing the quality of my private life was indeed a tedious task. Yet, I was able to complete 02 levels of CIMA and successfully acquire my BSc. Degree. Later I decided to travel back to Germany to obtain my Master’s Degree - so I needed to halt my CIMA studies for a while. But I am glad to say that with the help of CIMA DACH I am back on track to pursue the last stage of CIMA and I am excited to experience the journey of number crunching from where I stopped. 

How did CIMA affect your professional situation? Which element of CIMA was the most useful for your job?

I am always focused on the Enterprise and Performance pillars which create a reversible nature in gaining pragmatic knowledge both to and from CIMA to match the business scenarios I am faced with. The holistic approach delivered by these elements of managing business processes both in terms of costs and people helps me in supporting my day-to-day tasks. The flow of the course curriculum also provides deep insight on how to articulate and implement strategy and operations to ensure overall effectiveness and efficiency.

Do you think that acquiring additional qualifications and certificates is important in your profession?

Yes. “There is no limit to education”, unlike all the other materialistic possessions, education is the only asset that nobody can take away from you. In the present dynamic world it is the quality that matters not the quantity. Hence identifying additional qualifications which provide quality and aligning it with your career goals will pave a value-added path for you to stand out among your peers.

Who would you recommend the CIMA qualification for?

As a student who started CIMA at a very young age I would recommend it anyone who has the passion to increase their knowledge in business performance and finance. CIMA will develop your technical ability and your professional capacity. It provides a broader scope in a nutshell and is a proven path to both business and personal success.

What kind of advice can you provide to future students in management accounting?

Be it studies, business or even different phases of life; don’t fear failing, don’t fear rock bottom. That’s where it all really begins.