The rewards of helping others on their ACCA journey

soramsey —  5 September 2013 — Leave a comment

By ACCA student blogger Pantellis Fouli

Hi guys. Greetings from hot and sunny Cyprus. I hope that now the dust has settled after receiving your results and that you are all en route to preparing for the ACCA exams in December. The December sitting for me will be P2 and I now need to make a time line for consistent and focused study and then stick to it. The only time I can study is weekends. I am not as brave as most; where I can come home from work between 19.00-20.00, see the children, then buckle down to a study session, so I opt for Saturday and Sunday mornings instead.

When I wake up early on the weekends to study, what drives me? Is it the faces of my 2 daughters sleeping, knowing that by obtaining the ACCA Qualification I can offer them a better future? Is it remembering how I felt when I received my last ACCA pass? I assume for us all it’s a mixture of recollections and emotions but let me also share with you a story that inspires me.

I had the pleasure of working with a young man who had 7-8 years of solid accountancy experience, but was never fortunate enough to embark on a journey to become qualified for his experience. Seeing that his colleague (me) decided to restart his ACCA mission after an 11 year layoff coupled with a few pointers in the right direction from me made him decide to pursue ACCA. I put him in touch with the right people who immediately agreed to assist him in obtaining his ACCA Qualification. The organisation saw how driven he was and agreed to assist him financially also. He made a study plan to attack F2 and F3 first. What I saw unfold before my eyes was quite remarkable.

I saw a young man who usually preferred the night life of Cyprus to studying in the evening, apply himself, attend classes and study hard over the weekends.  This for me was very inspiring because it just goes to show you that the phrase ‘where there is a will there is a way’ is true.

A few weeks ago when he received his results, he passed his first 2 ACCA papers with flying colours. He was on top of the world and so was I, because I felt very fortunate to have been a part of his joy and success. So the moral of the story here is that when we seek help and assistance, in whatever we do and when we take the first step to assist someone else, it truly comes back tenfold to you.

So let’s spread the word regarding ACCA. Let’s give our friends and colleagues (who may be thinking of starting ACCA, or may have quit) a push in the right direction. You may be surprised by just how much you will be inspired.

Till next time!


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