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Reflecting on my ACCA studies before my last exam

by ACCA student blogger Yani Shi

How time flies! I am in the last few months before I finish all my ACCA exams. I completed my master’s degree last November and I am working as an auditor now. This is my last article on the ACCA student blog, and in it I am going to reflect on my years studying ACCA and look forward to my career in finance.

I have already been studying ACCA for about five years, and I will be sitting the last paper – P5 in June. Through studying ACCA I have not only learnt professional knowledge in accounting, auditing, taxation and management, but many other things which I believe will have positive effects on my future career. I have learned critical thinking skills and various study methods that will help me adjust to new work environments and learn from practice quickly and confidently.

I started working as an auditor in an accounting firm in China two months ago. I believe what I have learnt from studying ACCA will have indirect benefits for me, as well as directly benefitting from what I have learned from the syllabus.

ACCA will help me get promotions and work as a leader in the future, either in accounting firms or in big international companies. I hope to finish the last paper successfully in June so that I can become an ACCA member as soon as possible. I know there are still many things I need to learn, so I will continue learning to keep my knowledge up to date and I will learn from practice.

The current economic climate is challenging, but there are still many opportunities out there, especially for qualified accounting professionals in China. It is crucial to equip ourselves with the relevant knowledge and skills and have an international view of business, so that we are able to survive fierce global competition. I think ACCA will help me achieve my career goals; one day I want to become a professional working at the top of a world-leading accounting firm or in an international company.

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Hi! I’m Ng Jia Wen. Just to be clear, Ng is not my first name, it’s my surname – Jia Wen is my given name. And I’m a (Chinese) Malaysian. I’m an ACCA student who has just finished exam papers F7 and F8 of the ACCA Qualification in the December 2012 sitting. I will be attempting F9 and P2 for the June 2013 sitting. Something special about me would be that I was one of the students in the batch which underwent the transition from CAT to Foundations in Accountancy.

What you can expect from me in the next few posts would be:
• study tips
• a day in a life of an ACCA student
• study/life balance
• exam tips

I may be young (not maybe – I AM young) but I refuse to let that deter me from pursuing my ambition and my dreams. I hope through my blog posts I can inspire my fellow students and those are not yet ACCA students and encourage everyone to work hard towards their goal. The road ahead is very long and maybe a little bit winding, but I believe we’ll reach our destination, with hard work and determination.

Aside from studying ACCA, I enjoy writing about my perspective and experience. This can be book reviews, movie reviews or food reviews. Food reviews would be my specialty – after all, I’m Malaysian – so food would top the list of anything and everything, wouldn’t it? ;)

I am also very passionate about football even though I am a girl (but who says girls cannot watch and understand football?) I try to keep myself updated with most of the big leagues and football nations, which can prove a difficult, if not impossible task to juggle with my studies. But I am more inclined to follow the English league and FIFA World Cup.

Until next time!