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by ACCA student blogger  Mukund Agarwal

Hey guys, please allow me to introduce myself to you as I hope we shall soon be interacting in the upcoming months. My name is Mukund Agarwal. I am 21 years of age and am currently working in an accounting and advisory firm in the United Arab Emirates while studying for my ACCA Qualification. My leisure-time activities mainly include two things – reading up on a lot of fraud related news and playing and watching a lot of football.

Initially, for my first six papers I self-studied and let’s just say it didn’t quite work out as well as expected. Having learnt from my mistake I decided that going forward studying with an Approved Learning Partner (ALP) would be the most appropriate course. As of now, I have happily passed eight papers and recently sat my next four in the December 2014 session.

I guess I have always had an interest in the accountancy field, particularly forensic accounting. At a young age, I liked to read detective fiction such as Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie books; as well as watching and helping my dad a forensic accountant at work which only served to pique my interest further. But how to get there? The answer lay in the second word of ‘forensic accountant’. This set the ball rolling towards me starting my ACCA Qualification.

Why ACCA? Why not any other accounting qualification? Many reasons actually, the foremost being its prestigious standing among other qualification bodies in the world and respect and adulation awarded to its members. This, coupled with the flexibility and ease of studying for the exams made it a sure fit for me and thousands of others. Furthermore, an aspect of ACCA that I personally admire is its unparalleled focus on ethics and integrity of its members. These crucial facets of any professional are drilled into your heads in every paper to produce an outstanding and exemplary individual, in a personal and a professional way.

All of the above combined with the ever increasing demand in the market for qualified accounting individuals and lo and behold, you have a perfect qualification, both demanding and reputed, that will ensure your success at any point in your career path.

The immediate outlook for my future includes a priority to become an ACCA member as soon as I can, thereby opening many more doors so I can further my professional development and eventually achieve my goal of becoming a leading fraud investigation professional.

I feel very proud being a part of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants and even prouder to be part of this elite group of bloggers who have been given an opportunity to share their knowledge and experience with the ACCA world at large. I look forward to a productive partnership and am always willing to help out, in my own little way, anyone in need of assistance.


I have always believed that accountancy is a branch of science that consists of conveying a story using numbers. But sometimes these numbers are intentionally used to conceal the truth or unintentionally convey incorrect and misleading information due to errors. The urge to find out the truth behind the facts presented and provide information that is true and fair led me, Diksha Jeswani, to pursue ACCA.

There were many reasons why I decided to pick the ACCA Qualification. From a very young age, I had an ambition to do something different. When I was looking into potential career options in Dubai, I always wanted to combine my studies along with real world experience. When I heard about ACCA, I realised that this could be something which would fulfil both, along with it being a qualification that is recognised globally, and so I embarked upon this as a career choice.

I also believe that along with gathering knowledge, it is necessary to gain practical experience in a field in order to enhance your understanding of the subject. To fulfil this objective, I started working in an audit firm, Horwath Mak Limited, as an audit associate after clearing the first 3 papers of the ACCA Qualification. I have completed 12 out of 14 papers and will be attempting the final 2 papers this June.

My ambitions for the short term are to pass my remaining papers of the ACCA Qualification, as I have to still pass my optional papers and then to become a member after completing my practical experience requirements (PER). Then I would like to maintain my CPD requirements and try to give back to my profession as much as possible.