My name is Shahroze Naeem and I am the latest addition to this wonderful community of ACCA student bloggers. I completed my O level and A-Level qualifications in a span of 3 years, after which I decided to move forward and pursue my career as a professional accountant.
Choosing Accountancy – from being a future engineer to being an intern at the Stock Exchange
I perfectly remember how at first, I used to love science, especially Physics. I was not that much of a genius at school – just an average student who was irritated by early morning alarm clock bells, who was punished at school for not being attentive most of the times, and, most importantly, who was in love with Physics.
At just the age of 15, I went to the stock exchange as an intern because my father had good relations with an issuing house there. He wanted me to explore the hidden opportunities the corporate sector had to offer to me.
This span of 6 months quoting share prices, being guided and scolded by the house’s owner on tiny mistakes, and maintaining long-distance relationships with international clients proved to be the defining moments of my professional life.
That’s when I picked Business Studies, Economics and Accounting as my subjects in O and A Levels. I had heard about ACCA before, and after my father’s recommendation, I decided that I would opt for ACCA in the near future.
Being affiliated with ACCA is a privilege of being tagged by a prestigious accountancy body. It signifies our brilliant minds and makes us stand out in the crowd.
Measuring the miles travelled
I have taken Papers F8, F9, P1 and Paper P2 in the December 2013 session. If all goes well as planned, I will be an affiliate by the end of June 2014. Looking back at how far I have come, it all seems not real. I never thought working at the Stock Exchange would make me review my decision about my future.
Standing at the 4-way intersection – where am I headed in the near future?
I definitely see myself as an auditor in the near future. I believe Audit provides you with the challenges and the space to grow and become a skilled and qualified professional. I am also interested in the fields of Performance Management and Corporate Law, but because Audit provides me with just the right exposure to practice my skills over a far larger spectrum (or so I believe). I would love to be a part of a Big Four firm one day.