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Inspiring the future

Could you spare an hour of your time to share your expertise with local young people and help inspire the next generation of management accountants?

CIMA is proud to be working with Inspiring the Future, a free service run by UK charity ‘Education and Employers’. The aim is to give young people an insight into as many careers as possible, by connecting schools and colleges with employers and people who are passionate about their work. Volunteers from every profession pledge just one hour a year to attend a local school or college and talk informally to students about their job and career path. 

Young people at a school near you want to learn about your work as a Chartered Global Management Accountant and how you got there. They want to know about the crucial decisions you make on a daily basis and the role you play in driving a business forward. Most importantly, they want to know how they can follow in your footsteps. Access leaflets providing information on volunteering for both primary and secondary events, which provide an overview of the different aims for engaging with the two different groups.

The type of events you could be invited to include: 


  • Career insight talks
  • Mock interviews
  • CV workshops
  • Careers fairs 


There is also the option to indicate whether you are interested in being approached about being a school governor 

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How to get involved

If you can help open young people’s eyes to a whole new career, sign up with Inspiring the Future to volunteer to talk to your local school or college about working as a CGMA and how CIMA has helped you. 

When completing your profile be sure to include 'CIMA' in the section 'My memberships of Professional Association', and take a look at the top tips document to help you make the most of your profile.  

Once you’ve filled in a registration form, schools will be able to view your profile and send you online invitations to events, which could be anything from a talk to the class or a CV workshop, mock interview or careers fair. You will also be setup with an online account so that can manage your own opportunities and see what you can get involved in.

A range of resources are available to support you with your visit, so once you’ve accepted an invitation from a school make sure you take a look at these. 

Thank you for sharing your CIMA experience with the next generation of accountants.

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What next?

All the information on what to do next as well as the tools and resources you need are in this video we've put together. We do encourage you to watch this and read the presentation that supports it.  

Below are a range of different resources to give you the information you need - make sure you watch the video to find out more about these and how to ensure you have copies of relevant items for your school visit. 

If you any queries please email us with ‘Inspiring the future' in the subject line.

There are a range of different resources to help you with your school visit. If you haven't already make sure you read the presentation to find out more. 

We will be adding more activities here that you can use at school events so don’t forget to check back! 

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Register your interest

To register your interest in CIMA’s member involvement initiatives, please complete the form via the link below.

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