The core work activities and skills and behaviours that have been selected for the assessment are those which are fundamental and critical to the work of the chartered management accountant and applicable across the range of finance areas where CIMA members work. You start to develop these from day one in a finance role and continue to demonstrate and improve these for many years, even after becoming a CIMA member.
The language used to express the professional achievements has been carefully chosen to reflect the threshold for professional competence in these areas (that is, the minimum standard you need to reach) in order to help CIMA students reflect and recognise how they are developing and achieving these from very early on in their career. We wanted to make the professional achievement requirements applicable and accessible to all, recognising that by this stage in your career you may not have had the opportunity to take on a leadership or management role or to be involved in developing strategy, for example.
However, if you have had more experience or have a more senior role at the time you are applying then this should simply mean that you have more examples to draw upon for each of the professional achievements. You may choose to draw on an example from an earlier stage in your career or choose a more recent example from your most senior role(s) which demonstrates how you have developed the selected professional achievement beyond the threshold required. For example, the guidance around the leadership professional achievement does not expect that all applicants will have people management responsibilities or experience developing or leading strategy or projects at the point of completing the application, but if you do have experience in these areas then you can certainly use these in the examples you write up in the STAR template.