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.