Saloshni Govender – Top Achiever: P2

Well done to Saloshni for being our top achiever second time around!

 

Which ACCA resources did you make use of to prepare for the P2 exam?ACCA_StudentProfiles.jpg

 

I used the material provided on the ACCA website (past papers, notes etc) as well as other material from research on the internet etc, and also study material I obtain from friends also study through ACCA.

 

Please share tips on pre-exam nerves…how do you stay calm?

I keep telling myself before a paper just to take each paper as they come and give my all to the one that I am writing and forget the rest.

Greg Hodgson – Top Achiever: F8

Well done to Greg for succeeding as top achiever in the December exams. Keep going Greg!

 

What do you believe being an ACCA member will do for your career?

 

I believe that being an ACCA member will certainly open a lot of doors for me both locally and internationally. Having those professional letters after your name demonstrates that you not only have the requisite technical knowledge and experience, but also that you have the hard work and determination required to pass demanding professional exams.

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How do you stay motivated?

 

I am motivated by the long, fulfilling and rewarding career that having the ACCA qualification and membership should offer, and the respect it will garner from friends, family and colleagues alike.

 

What words of encouragement do you have for other students?

 

I think that setting goals, both short-term and long-term are an important step to remaining motivated and for planning purposes. It is important to remain focused and not allow oneself to get too distracted by the many things that can sway our attention these days like social media and the internet etc.

 

I also like to remind myself  of the often quoted expression “Nothing worth having in life is ever easy to achieve”, in order to stay motivated.

DIGITAL DARWINISM, ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND TECHNOLOGY

Darwin wrote about natural selection and the need to evolve in order to survive. The same can be said for both digital technology and entrepreneurship. With ongoing technological advances playing a significant part in economic growth, entrepreneurs, if willing to adapt, can benefit significantly from an ever changing digital landscape.

 

At a recently hosted event on entrepreneurship, ACCA (The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) along with leading industry panellist raised significant trends into the technology and digital tools that will help entrepreneurs succeed.

 

Based on the event’s discussion theme; digital technological evolution in business, ACCA used the event as an opportunity to present the report ‘Digital Darwinism: thriving in the face of technology change’. This report focuses on 10 key digital based technology trends that may have direct bearing on business ownership and entrepreneurship:

 

  1. Mobile: Anywhere, anytime access to broadband connectivity from a range of devices, wireless networks, operating systems and applications.
  2. Big data: The massive quantity and variety of structured and unstructured data from internet-connected systems, devices and physical objects.
  3. Artificial intelligence and robotics: The broad range of machines and computer systems that demonstrate limited characteristics of intelligence.
  4. Cybersecurity: Protection from new forms of cyber risk, attack, crime and terrorism caused by increased reliance on personal and professional digital devices and data.
  5. Educational: Trends and tools that are changing and enhancing educational achievements, developments, techniques and possibilities.
  6. Cloud: Internet-based technology resources – such as software applications, computing power and data storage – provided remotely as a service.
  7. Payment systems: New, evolving and emerging internet-enabled software applications, currencies, payment platforms, devices and services.
  8. Virtual and augmented reality: Technologies that use computer modelling to simulate, overlay and supplement reality and enable people to interact.
  9. Digital service delivery: New technologies used to provide online, interactive, self-service, business processes, software and services.
  10. Social: Technologies that support social interaction and are enabled by communications technology, such as the internet.

 

CHOOSING THE RIGHT TECHNOLOGY BY UNDERSTANDING YOUR CUSTOMERS

 

Notwithstanding the merits of the 10 digital trends outlined above, it is important to mention that entrepreneurs should be aware of their market, and choose the right technology for their business. There is no need to embrace all 10 technologies, or to over-engineer digital products, rather be selective and with the help of a clear business plan choose the right technology that can help move your business forward.

 

Knowing your customer’s needs and preferred technological platforms will help reduce the choice of technology you may need to engage with.

 

Understanding of your customers, market and your key performance indicators is as important as choosing the right technology that can help your business move forward.” – Zolani Ngange, Chief Executive Officer at NexBrill Capital

 

For further details on ACCA’s entrepreneurship initiatives and up and coming events, e-mail:  Nomsa.Nkomo@accaglobal.com

YOLANDI CAMPBELL – TOP ACHIEVER: P4

Meet our ACCA top achievers in the September exam session P4. This rising stars proves that hard work and dedication pay’s off!

 

What is Yolandi’s motivation?

 

I believe ACCA provides me with a platform from which I will be able to propel myself, while giving me readily available access to information that will ensure my knowledge remains current and relevant.

acca_studentprofilesWhen preparing for exams, it is more important to prioritise and be comfortable with your choices, realising that you will have to make sacrifices and forgiving yourself for them. At this stage in my life it is more important for me to be a good wife and good employee, while still progressing through my studies.

 

I remind myself that I chose this path and focus on the rewards at the end of the journey. There are harder things in life than having the privilege to study and better yourself.

 

Finally my words of encouragement: “Grind while they rest. Study when they party. You’ll live like they dream.” – Grant Cardone

MAHENDRAN NAICKER – TOP ACHIEVER: P5

acca_studentprofile_imageWe sat with Mahendran Naicker and ask a few questions on success, the ACCA qualification and staying motivated:

 

What do you believe being an ACCA member will do for your career?

 

Firstly this professional qualification is one of the most internationally  recognised chartered accountancy qualifications. There are different types of accountancy bodies globally but  being an ACCA member will allow me to be associated with an  internationally recognised professional accountancy brand  which I can leverage with providing me with a whole lot more opportunities. I see ACCA as the worlds local accountancy body and a leader in supporting me with the latest technical standards and resources that will keep me at the forefront of my career.

 

How do you find the time to study effectively while working full time?

 

Look studying part time is never going to be easy and without challenges but I found ACCA to be geared up for working full time candidates due to their effective and flexibe exam sittings. I always planned in advance, practicing past questions and staying connected with ACCA study forums helps.

 

How do you stay motivated?

 

You got to finish what you started. I looked at it as a journey and you got to love what you do otherwise it is not worth the effort.

 

What words of encouragement do you have for other students?

 

Keep going, stay humble and do what you love!

 

ACCA would like to take the opportunity to congratulate Mahendran Naicker on his success as top achiever September 2016.