You can read more about my post-qualification journey and challenges here
Why am I sharing this?I’m sharing my Chartered Accountant qualification journey for accounting students who need to know that their journey doesn’t need to be ideal in order to be successful. Students studying towards a professional qualification face a lot of challenges. Passing exams make up some of these challenges, but the mental challenges, self-doubt that creeps in, the long road ahead of them and the enormity of the task they’re set themselves add to this stress.
- It took me 11 years to qualify as a Chartered Accountant instead of the 7 years it should take. (I never failed a subject, I just had to fight the system and my circumstances).
- I didn’t have university entrance after school. I had to study other courses for two years before UNISA ‘allowed’ me to register for my degree.
- I studied under- and post-grad, distance-learning (correspondence), part-time, working full-time through all of it
- I had incredible marks at school. I was a perfectionist, terrified of failure, and doubted myself through the entire journey
- I started lecturing Auditing the year I started my Articles, so I worked two jobs through my Articles, while studying for my Board exams