If you’re ambitious to succeed in business in South Africa, Chartered Accountancy seems the closest thing to a passport to success. “I believe we have more companies in South Africa led by Chartered Accountants than any other profession,” says Peter. “It’s uniquely the one qualification that trains you in the way of business.
Many business leaders can cite a specific event or decision that critically shaped the direction of their career. For Nat Chan, that event happened over two decades ago, while in his first year at Macquarie University, Sydney, when he decided one afternoon to go with some friends to a one-hour lecture on accountancy.
Working in internal audit may not seem like the obvious path to a life in the movies, but for David Brander it was his passport to see the world. Initially David decided against a position at one of the major oil companies. “The role consisted of travelling between London, Aberdeen and Stavanger which wasn’t really the type of global travel I had in mind,” he laughs.
Renita Garard OAM CA started playing hockey at age seven because her cousins were playing and it was something they enjoyed doing together in the backyard. There was no single point in time when it was recognised she was actually very good, but rather she describes it as “a long journey”. Even as she continued to improve and show real promise she never daydreamed about a medal haul or representing her country.