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Accountants’ image a priority

TRYING to improve the image of accountants among young people will be one of the roles of the new WA director for CPA Australia, Justin Walawski.

“Unfortunately, some young people still imagine the typical accountant as a middle-aged man in a cardigan with horn-rimmed glasses who possesses great math skills and little imagination,” he said.

“We need to replace that image with a positive, realistic reflection of how exciting and interesting commerce is and the contribution CPAs make.”

Mr Walawski was the assistant dean of commerce and director of accounting at the University of Notre Dame. He was also a lecturer at Curtin University and the University of Melbourne.

“In my previous roles I dealt with and promoted commerce to young people on a daily basis,” he said.

“I feel I have a good understanding of what young people think of the profession, what they’re looking to achieve in life and what kind of incentives we need to highlight to attract them to CPA Australia.”

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