Can you give us a summary of your career so far?
I left school in 2007, after my Cambridge O levels, and went straight into full-time employment as a sales representative for a foreign exchange company. Within 18 months I was in charge of the cash department and after five years I was given the opportunity to launch a new branch in Dubai, where I was both the youngest and newest of the five employees chosen to work there. After the company was taken over I returned to Karachi and joined a real estate firm, where I am now a property administrator and financial accountant.
Why did you enrol with ACCA-X?
Financial constraints had prevented me from taking my A Levels, and it wasn’t until 2019 that I finally mustered up the courage to go back to my studies. I started with my GED US High School Diploma, which I passed with a score of 86%. This made me realise that you are never too old to continue studying and, although it may be difficult after a major gap, it is still achievable. It also encouraged me to consider ACCA as the next step in my education and in my career.
Which ACCA-X courses did you take?
I first enrolled for the FA1 and MA1 exam preparation courses (in bookkeeping and management accounting) in order to familiarise myself with the syllabus, as I was looking at options for what to do after the GED.
What has been your learning experience with ACCA-X?
I found the ACCA-X courses to be quite helpful, especially the question banks, and course content was comprehensive and insightful. Each course kept me on a consistent learning path and helped me brush up my knowledge of some core concepts. The ability to track progress and assessments at the end of each module was also a plus point.
Where are you now in your studies?
After I completed the FA1 and MA1 preparation courses, I was encouraged to pursue the ACCA Qualification, and so formally registered as an ACCA student. I began my Accountant in Business exam studies and hope to sit the exam this year. I also intend to continue on to the MA2 ACCA-X course.
How will your ACCA-X experience help your career, both in the short and long term?
For me, the free ACCA-X courses have been stepping stones to the ACCA Qualification which, I believe, will lead to a number of fruitful career paths, so that one day I can, in return, contribute both to the profession and to society.