Aidan Monahan’s role as treasury coordinator sees him covering four of Coca-Cola’s shared service centres based in EMEA, NA, LATAM and APAC. Travel is a big aspect of his role, yet it doesn’t impede on his exams. ‘With ACCA having exam centres spread throughout the world and extremely flexible study options with numerous tuition providers, I was able to fully commit to this role and continue my studies without interruption’ says Aidan. gradireland and ACCA caught up with him to discover a little more on how a career in accountancy has taken him around the world.

‘Choosing a professional qualification was something I spent a lot of time considering because I wanted to be sure I was taking the path that was best for me. I decided I wanted to gain a globally recognised accountancy qualification, which offered flexible study & exam options, a broad syllabus and decent module choices. After completing some research, it was clear that ACCA was the best fit for me.

A few months into my first full time role in finance I began to see what a career in accountancy actually meant. Accountants are highly valued team members, they have a vast skill base with a wide range of roles available to them within the finance function. This was something I hadn’t fully appreciated until I had gained some experience within the workplace.

I am currently working for Coca-Cola who have been a great support throughout my studies. In such a large multi-national organisation there are endless opportunities to grow and develop both during and after training – my ambition is to continue gaining this experience throughout my journey.

My advice to anyone thinking about studying ACCA is to check your exemptions and find out what your next steps are. Take the time to talk to someone who has recently qualified. Set out a plan for how you will study and when you will sit exams, be sure to set achievable targets for yourself. ACCA is the world’s leading professional body and the career opportunities that come with it are vast – just do it.