If you are reading this article you have either cleared your CA exams or are in the process and just wanted to check your options. I appreciate your inquisitiveness to look for your options rather than just sticking to the things you did in your Articleship. There are ample opportunities available after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant. After completing CA, you might not be immediately interested in going for a specialized path but it’s better to have that knowledge so you could know what kinds of work you can do in your career after clearing CA. In this article, I have tried covering various career paths available for CAs (some don’t necessarily require a CA degree but they are still an option for CAs as well). So, without further ado, let’s begin:

A CA professional chooses one of the following three career paths:

  1. Start self-practice
  2. Take a job
  3. Start own business

Nowadays some CAs also choose teaching as a profession.

Regardless of any path you take, you can always learn something new and who knows, maybe you might find something really interesting. So, here is a list of various domains which CA professionals can choose to acquire new skills, continue their growth, and be ahead of the curve in today’s competitive world:

  • Credit Analyst
  • Forensic Audit
  • Financial Analyst
  • Research Analyst
  • Investment Advisor
  • Managing Treasury Function
  • Data Analytics
  • Public and Private Sector Banks
  • Public Limited Companies
  • Auditing Firms
  • Stock Broking Firms
  • Finance Companies
  • Investment Houses
  • Legal Firms
  • Patent Firms
  • International Taxation
  • Mergers and Acquisition etc.

Some decide to pursue further studies taking courses such as CPA (Certified Public Accountant), ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), CFA (Certified Financial Analyst), IRS (Indian Revenue Service), DISA (Diploma in Information System Audit), etc.

So, now that you have this list, I believe it might help you in choosing your options more effectively. I wish you all the best in your career.