Chris Watchorn, top achiever march 2017

ACCA_StudentProfiles.ChrisWatchorn.blogCongratulations to Chris for his top achievement in the P5 March exam. We sat with Chris to find a little more on what keeps Chris motivated:

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

Becoming a member of a World renowned board has opened numerous exciting doors on a career basis.  Previously under qualified for senior position roles in finance and financial accounting, through the experience gained, commitment demonstrated and theoretical knowledge acquired in obtaining my membership status, such roles are no longer unobtainable.  Companies’ understanding of the value of the ACCA accreditation have since been portrayed in increased interest and consideration.  With a Board behind me and more bargaining power, I now have the opportunity to find a job that is best sculpted to my desires and dreams and not visa-versa.

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

I am certain that this is the biggest challenge faced by working ACCA students.  Time management and being strict with time allocated to work and studying is of utmost importance.  I found the only way this was manageable was to set goals and targets at the beginning of every week and ensuring that by the end of the said week, all had been fulfilled.  This meant many late Sunday nights trying to ensure the week’s study sections had been covered as well as completing all work demands. Its not easy but nothing worth it ever is. Draft your study schedule on booking your exam, incorporate your weekly work demands and do your best to keep to it, no matter what life throws at you.

How do you stay motivated?

The commitment required to work and study at the same time is extreme and there will be moments when everything seems too much.  With personal demands, deadlines pilling up at work and an upcoming exam, the pressure will build. But do not be dispirited, focus on the good around you. Your wife/partner’s sacrifices to see you succeed, your inner determination to overcome all adversity and belief in yourself and your future.  Find your motivation and bring it to life. For me, it was my little family, my wonderful wife and beautiful son. Find yours and strive to never give up the great that surrounds you to achieve your goals for them and yourself

What words of encouragement do you have for other students?

 

Never give up. Find your source of strength, be Thankful for what you have been provided with and shoot for the stars.

Kirsten Ronaasen kicks F7’s butt!

ACCA_StudentProfiles_KRonaasen.blogWell done to Kirsten who achieved a top score in the recent exams. What drives Kirsten? Read below to find out what motivates Kirsten:

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

ACCA is a globally recognised and respected qualification and I believe that along with assuring future employers of our abilities, it will open doors to many opportunities, whether in SA or abroad.

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

I find it challenging to leave work at work. It is something I constantly have to improve on so that I can focus on my studies and my family, whose time is also sacrificed to reach my goals.

I try to manage my time as effectively as possible, giving my utmost to every task. Sometimes I simply run out of “day” and have to prioritise on what is really important.

How do you stay motivated?

As I still have many exams to go, perhaps I should answer that at the end!

Although I keep the end target in sight, I focus on each exam as its own goal and each one passed as its own success. Celebrate the successes and don’t get bogged down by the failures.

Words of encouragement:  

A quote from Dr. Seuss:

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.

You’re on your own. And you know what you know.

And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go.”

Xolile Khumalo rocks P7 in the March 2017 exams

ACCA_StudentProfiles.XolileKhumalo2Well done to Xolile on his achievement for the March 2017 exam. We are proud of Xolile’s exam result.

We sat down with Xolile to gain further insight into his secrets of success:

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

I believe membership to ACCA will give me access to a reputable professional body and access to credible material for CPD to keep my knowledge up to date in the competitive world of finance.

How do you find the time to study effectively while working full time (if applicable)

I prefer waking up early in the morning and putting in 1 to 1.5 hours of study before going to work, because it’s much tougher to study in the evenings after work.

How do you stay motivated?

I don’t believe in motivation as such, my philosophy is if you want something you get up and do it. Currently I stay motivated knowing that I have the opportunity to make it to membership in 2017.

What words of encouragement do you have for other students?

I would say focus more on questions and augment the areas where you lack theoretical knowledge by going back to your study text. Questions give you a platform to test your knowledge levels and to time yourself as well.