by ACCA student blogger Diksha Jeswani
14 exams…… 3 years of practical experience……1 ethics module…sometimes it just seems intimidating …..right?! When I started working, after completing the Fundamentals level papers, my decision was met with consternation from my family and friends. But it’s been 3 years now, and I don’t regret my decision at all! I feel working has definitely changed me completely – for the better!
Also, I feel working alongside studying ACCA does contribute a lot to your personality as well as assisting in your career development. Working has given my communication skills a boost, and has also enabled me to approach situations, be it at work or with studies, with confidence. Maybe it was working in this particular environment with a strong support system and colleagues who were pursuing the same qualification, which enabled me to come such a long way with my ACCA studies. When you see your colleagues working alongside you and still passing their exams, it gives you just the boost you need to give it your best shot with each exam you attempt.
But sometimes I have seen colleagues so caught up with their schedules of studying and working that they do not have time for themselves, which I believe is just not right. Yes, it is tiring and frankly, a little crazy sometimes, trying to manage both these areas, but then that’s what makes life interesting!
I guess the key to effectively managing both these areas is to ensure that you enjoy yourself with whatever you are doing. Enjoy your work and keep yourself motivated when you go to work every morning, so that you give your best. Enjoy your studies, be curious, ask questions, gain knowledge for the sake of learning and not just to add 4 letters after your name. And above all, cherish yourself, take time out, indulge in hobbies you like, and make sure you live your life to the full!!
As they say, ‘You live this life only once!!’
And until the next time………Cheers.