Annette is our first exam blogger from Namibia. She passed Part 1 and 2, and started blogging while attempting to retake Part 3. She finally passed in February this year.
So I hold my CIA certification now for almost 4 months and I can tell you that life has changed for me since.
I feel so relieved! It is such a great feeling to come home and not having to sit down and study, going out with friends without this voice in my head telling me to not stay out too long, and of course telling my family, friends and colleagues (who supported me throughout this journey) that I finally made it! And I finally have some time to progress on my crochet throw…
Finally I have a better qualification. The South African National Diploma is lower than a Degree and thus accepted only locally and Namibia. But with this world-wide recognized certification I can go anywhere, and that is a great feeling.
With the CIA I received a promotion into the manager ranks and a great salary increase. However, I am a person that sees less value in material things, but rather invest in great memories such a traveling and spending time with my family.
Now the Big News
I made a huge decision in terms of my career. One that was very hard for me to take yet super exciting.
I decided to move to another country, another continent even. An opportunity came up to grow my career in of the most diverse countries in Europe – Switzerland. It is hard saying goodbye to Namibia, especially since I had dreams here as well and hoped to help my fellow colleagues in obtaining their CIA and spark interest in the profession of Internal Audit (it is May Internal Audit Awareness Month after all). But I have the feeling that I inspired a few in a way that is of worth too – persisting, passing and now the whole world lies at my feet.
My motto all these year has been “Don’t dream your life but live your dream”. It has not been easy to stay true to it, but I think I am now one huge leap closer to living my dream.
Note from Stephanie
The promotion, salary raise is all good news, but Switzerland — that’s… wow!
You told me privately but I am still really excited when reading this post.
I also understand your feeling of not able to mentor fellow auditors in your country. But I see this as a positive — your story and path is going to inspire others in your country, and many more Swiss are going to learn more about Namibia. A bigger impact beyond internal audit 🙂
You must be busy wrapping up work and packing and we all appreciate that you take the time to keep us updated. If there is anything we can be helpful, just let us know!