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by ACCA student blogger Pantellis Fouli

Hello everyone. This is my first ACCA student blog article of 2015. So I start with this. As the time nears for our ACCA exam results to be announced we need a clear vision of what we will do in each scenario. Of course by now I would hope you are with assumption that you WILL pass thus you’re already on your second week of study with your new ACCA paper.

ACCA, as life is in general it’s all about making a decision, a plan and sticking to it. There is no stand still, we DON’T wait to see what IF. We are fortunate to be on the way to an exceptional professional qualification thus if we encounter some stumbling blocks on the way, we deal with them.

This time of the year everyone has their new year resolutions written out and they are giving it their best shot, I would say differentiate from the rest, be willing to do what only 5% of the people are willing to do to get the results only 5% of the population has, make that ONE new year’s resolution that has ties with ACCA and stick to it

This may be if you ALWAYS leave studying last minute, don’t, draw up a plan and STICK TO IT, and honour promises to yourself. We would not lie to our loved ones would we, why would we lie to our self-time and time again by breaking these promises!

Soft skills are so very important, not only for ACCA, but for your career path in general. You should make it a point to leave everyone better than what you found them, this means add value to everyone’s life that comes across your path, and this will enrich the lives of others and yours too. These soft skills can be learnt through books, courses or mentors and it’s a highly valuable investment.

Till next time….

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by ACCA student blogger Kevin Bradfield

Hi, I’m Kevin and I am a self-motivated individual.

I chose accountancy as a career as it’s my passion. I’ve always wanted to experience what it’s like in the accounting field, so what better career to have.

I chose to study for my accountancy qualification with ACCA, as the qualification has worldwide recognition. Their rigorous and demanding exams ensures that one is well prepared to apply one’s knowledge to real world situations. Having the qualification sends a signal to employees that you are a professional.

I am currently at professional level of the ACCA Qualification. I sat two exams at the December 2014 session and am currently waiting for the results, so wish me luck! If I successfully pass those I will only have one exam left to go.

My aspiration is to become a member of ACCA and become colleagues with some of the best finance minds in the world. My long-term goal though is to become a CFO of one of the conglomerates in Jamaica.

Prepare for results day

by ACCA student blogger Shahroze Naeem

I’m confident many of us are eagerly waiting for 8 February so we can find out how well we did. Meticulous exam preparation will pay off for some, while others would have to try their luck the next time around.

I did not sit any examinations this session, so I don’t have to worry about anything :)

As for those waiting for the result day, here’s what you should be doing right about now:

1. Expect the best, prepare for the worst

This is easier said than done. No one will actually consider the worst case scenario. My question is, why? Why can’t we consider that we have a 50% chance of failing as well? Being optimistic about something is a different thing – considering the realities of a situation is something else.

No matter how hard we try, the rate of passing is always going to be 50%. Therefore, let’s prepare ourselves if things don’t go according to plan. Make a backup study schedule for yourself and keep your notes with you until the result day. Ensure that you make a thorough plan to appear for the next examination session so you can succeed the next time.

2. Work on preparation loopholes

Preparing for exams, there are always some areas that we fail to cover effectively no matter what. You should keep a keen eye on those areas because they need the most amount of practice if you have to reappear.

Have everything ready before the result day takes you over with a surprise and you then find out you have to begin with scratch. These loopholes can be eliminated if someone is reappearing and you will therefore stand a brighter chance of not only passing, but passing with an impressive score.

3. Doctor says, take your daily dose of positivity 

Reading at least 5 motivational quotes or 2 pages off an inspiring book daily will help you change your point of view regarding failure. With a positive approach at reality, you will be so much better off. Failing with a score of 49 is not a bad thing – you just have to work hard enough to deserve that 1 extra mark.

Do let me know in the comments section how your waiting time is coming along and if you have any of the above in your check-list. All the best for the result day!

Why I decided to delay taking my final two ACCA exams

by ACCA student blogger Adhitya Fadriansyah

Hello everyone, how did the recent December exams go? Hope they went well for all of you. As for myself, it was the first time since I started my ACCA journey in 2011 that I decided not to take my remaining two papers in December. It was a tough decision to make, but the right one for me at this time. In this article I would like to share my experience on how I came to decide to delay taking my final exams.

Typically I have always registered during the early entry phase; (registering early will not only cost less, but will also help you in your study plan). However, after receiving and analyzing my June 2014 exam results, I took a more prudent approach to the December exam session and planning it in more detail. When combining my work schedule and my study schedule, I foresaw a big clash: I was offered a once in a lifetime opportunity for an overseas training in the US for seven weeks that I did not want to miss. Since the training was held from the end of September until mid November, I decided to wait until the late exam entry deadline before I made my decision.

The seven weeks overseas training program proved to be very useful and interesting. It consisted of very good material about the industry, combined with a company overview and soft skills. The training itself required n assessment test as well as group presentation and individual presentation. My experience of studying ACCA, particularly in Financial Management and Performance Management helped me a lot during the training program. So at the deadline day of the late exam entry, I decided not to take the exam in December since I had fully concentrated my time on the training program.

Delaying to take an exam can be a sensible option for you depending on your circumstances. After all, careful approach and good planning is one of the key success factors in pursuing ACCA.

See you soon in the next exam in June – I hope I can pass two of my remaining ACCA papers then!

Blog Editors comment: That’s the advantage of doing the ACCA Qualification – the flexibility. You can work and study for our accountancy qualifications around full-time or part-time work; progressing at your own pace.

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by ACCA student blogger Tim Chippindall

My name is Tim, and I am 29 years old and currently studying ACCA. I enjoy working in accountancy and find my work enjoyable and fulfilling. My current role involves providing management accountancy services within a large organization, which is interesting and challenging. Outside of work I enjoy all things aviation, photography and the great outdoors.

I chose this career path because accountancy is the backbone of any business. The skills you can learn and develop are integral in any industry. Plus, a career as an accountant can take you anywhere, provides daily challenges and pushes you to deliver the best possible service you can.

The ACCA Qualification appealed to me because it’s globally recognised. The idea of being able to work and network with people across the world, with similar remits, makes the career opportunities great. I chose ACCA after looking through the syllabus; the broad areas you study, combined with the experience you have to achieve really promotes what a good qualification it is to have.

I am working through the Fundamentals level of the qualification the moment. My degree was not accountancy based, so I had to start from the beginning. I’m currently studying for Paper F4, Corporate and Business Law, which I plan to take it in January 2015, and then I am looking at take F5 and F6 in the summer… a busy few months ahead!

My ambitions for the future are to continue to broaden my experience. An Advisory role with links to strategy and development of a business would be fantastic, as would experience working in an audit based role.