I am not a presumptuous character, but I earned the name ‘I am legend’ for my diligence at the firm where I did my financial training. Gaining this name involved solving a complex deferred tax calculation (don’t we all love that?). I did my 3 years’ financial training at a chartered accounting firm called Nolands Johannesburg Inc in South Africa.
I chose accountancy because of a career guidance day where the accountants showed us how lucrative and prestigious the profession was (that is the part I heard, at least). At that point in my life I had never even opened an accounting text book, but decided I wanted to badly. My first encounter with accounts was therefore at university level.
Another turning point after completing my degree was I realised that I actually enjoyed the technical aspects; the auditing of Annual Financial Statements (AFS) was thrilling. I felt it gave me the ability to “undress” an entire corporation by looking at 100 pages of financial information – you can only imagine the ecstasy derived from actually drafting the AFS.
ACCA, from my research, can only serve to grow me into a “global leader”. It gives me the ability to “plug and play” in most economies; hence it was a natural choice to want to join this global accounting icon. I hope to be a CFO one day and certainly the ACCA Qualification will help me achieve that goal when I complete the Professional level at the end of 2013.