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- May 19, 2019 at 5:43 pm #516465eagledaveModerator
I just want to share with you my experience and hope it will inspire you to keep going with your studies despite the odds.
After about 10 years, I have finally become a member of ACCA. Of course, I stopped in between due to many different reasons i.e. financial, challenging exams, lack of motivation, bitterness, hopelessness, anxiety, work, stress, etc..etc..
So beginning of 2017, I started to pick it up again. It was still very difficult, the journey felt endless. During the difficult times, I learned so much more about life than accountancy, about myself and my character.
For whatever reason, the Universe, you can call it anything, faith and trust, God, Allah, Buddha… I have learned to do my best and then simply trust and let go.
I failed, then I tried again, I cried, I got up again, I prayed, I asked, then somehow, I passed, just passed literally, even when the times when I thought to myself there was no way I could have passed, yet I still did. It was amazing!
To cut the long story short, never give up, keep trying. Do what works for you…music, films, coffee, chocolates, whatever inspires you… You know what suits you best, no matter how long it may take…just don’t give up on your dream.
Best of luck everyone!
EDMay 21, 2019 at 1:52 am #516660farooqshah1986
Brilliant mate! Hope you are happy and content now!
My journey is similar to yours I guess in terms of managing personal aspirations and the harsh realities of life!
I come from a poor/humble family in Pakistan. I came to UK for studies and graduated with a 2:1 BA Hons in Business and Management from Cardiff, UK back in 2010. I always had this desire to pursue my career in accountancy and ACCA was obviously the next logical step but I couldn’t afford further studies since I had to support family back home and I could only do that if I stayed in the UK.
I started working for a business who were happy to sponsor my tier 2 general for the next 5 years. it was a non accountancy role with more to do with planning, forecasting and supply chain side.
It was a high pressure and stressful job and I couldn’t do anything else with it!
Now that I have finally got my settlement status in the UK, the first thing I did was to quit that dead end unsatisfying job and study towards my ACCA, finally!! I am 32 years old but I am as determined and motivated as I was the first day in my Uni over 10 years ago. If I manage to be an established auditor by 40 that would be an achievement!
So yeah life does take you on a bumpy and challenging journey but it all works out well in the end! I hope! Never give up on your dreams 🙂May 22, 2019 at 9:03 pm #516924eagledaveModerator
Thanks Farooqshah1986! Glad you made the decision that makes you happy. No point in staying in a job that makes you feel down. You’re still very young. If you study ACCA consistently, you can finish it quickly. Opentuition helped me pass my higher level papers. No need to spend tons of money. I tried everything in the early days, even getting the whole package with BPP or Kaplan, but still no assurance to pass. Really it all boils down to my motivation to use the resources that I paid for.
I find that when I work on my mindset and attitude, I feel more energised and motivated to pass. Of course, It’s very important to find the style that works for you.May 24, 2019 at 10:52 am #517131siphonkala20155
Thanks for your motivation, I am in the same boat, right now I have financial challenge, is been 3 years not studying but this year I I’m going to study and I have a hope that one day I will complete ACCA.
I told myself that as long as I’m still alive.May 25, 2019 at 1:36 pm #517302farooqshah1986
That’s indeed very useful advice! Thanks a lot 🙂
I was wondering to put this as a new thread post but I will chack it with you anyway, I was working as Production planner for over 7 years and was wondering if somehow I could use this or a part of this towards my 36 months of the PER ?
Just in case you could guide me that?
Like I said it was non relevant field for the most part but a part of my job did involve monitoring and updating overall factory throughputs and individual job yields and costs.
ThanksMay 25, 2019 at 5:23 pm #517328eagledaveModerator
I think you can use that experience as part of your PER. There are different performance objectives that you need to meet. That may form part of the management accounting experience. You still need to meet the other objectives though.
I dreaded completing the record also but the more you read up about the process, the easier it really is. It seems daunting to complete but once you get into it, it is not as bad as it seems. There are also other things you can use from that experience such management, leadership, etc.June 17, 2019 at 10:05 am #520649mwichey
This is really inspiring and thank you for sharing your experience.July 14, 2019 at 10:52 am #523004adam10
I am in the same boat as well,started in 2014
I need some motivation
Left my country as well when I was 19 years old,I am now 25 years old I had to take break of my studies because of illness and lost faith in my studies and in myself as well
I am now afraid of failure but I know failure is part of life
I am trying to find some experience in accounting but it is very difficult
Every time I am opening up my books I think about all exams I failed already
It feels good to know I am not the only one who went through and still going through hard timesSeptember 7, 2019 at 12:26 pm #545447ms95
I’ve fail multiple times but I want to continue with ACCA. My relatives keep saying that “This person is very smart blah blah blah and they are already in their 30s but still struggling with ACCA papers. It’s better for you to do a diploma course and then a degree.”
Feeling so discouraged now. What should I do?September 7, 2019 at 5:33 pm #545495eagledaveModerator
In my experience, when I was going through the same struggle, I stepped back and tried to find myself, what really worked for me, try not to listen to others, but simply do what works best for me when I study. I also suffered from the comparison disease which made me feel even worse.
There is a reason for the title of this thread. If I gave up two and a half years ago which I very nearly chose to do, I would probably have never experienced being qualified at 40. It’s never too late, nothing is. Try and find that place that gives you positive energy.
Best of luck!!October 1, 2019 at 3:50 pm #547760tennyson123
Its vey encouraging and motivating to know the stories behind the success of people. I am in my late forties, still struggling to complete thee course ;so many “problems” like anyone .What keeps me going on is the dream that one day I will have that letters after my name. Thanks to everyone sharing their stories and I am sure that it must be encouraging some out there who is thinking enough is enough.October 18, 2019 at 4:40 pm #550113suddi
if you struggle to complete ACCA You have to do following steps.
1). Start studying before 45 days of exam date.
2). Study 2 times study text and do 2 times revision kit. (when you finish your chapter do relevant pass papers from revision kit)
I completed my last paper in 6th attempt. This is possible to complete never give up. I did exams each 3 months. Do not skip any exam if you fail.December 1, 2019 at 6:25 pm #554349annamanna
Congrats eagledave! I remember reading some of your comments that you have few papers left. Now you are done with it! I wish this will happen for me one day. I keep failing F5. I am so sick of it. Its super hard to stay motivated and believe that I will ever pass it. Looking at the same stuff again and again makes me question my ability…..June 6, 2020 at 10:16 pm #573008manjeet1210
I usually feel a bit uncomfortable writing or replying in public..
But after reading your story i couldnt stop myself.
I felt myself in you,
10 years ago i registered with ACCA but haven’t cleared a single exam of it
I am now 32, happily married and a mother of 1 year old boy, honestly speaking nothing brings smile on my face but a thought of being ACCA qualified. This thought somewhere keeps me going and i havent given up, like most of us, responsibilities, laziness, fear of not passing and specially when you look at your family some kids are graduated and highly qualified and you are still stuck where you were 10 years ago.
I was really down the other day and telling my husband that i dont think so that i can ever do ACCA now, now that i am a mother also and he said no, i know you will do it one day and i was like how can i and felt somewhere he is just saying it to keep me calm.
But after reading your story, i will prove my husband right and atlast all thanks to you..
I am really grateful to you for writing your story, people like me really need such motivation and support.
Thank you once again and may god bless you..June 8, 2020 at 9:18 pm #573238annamanna
I hear you! I am in similar situstion. I also have 1 year old at home and trying to do exmas! Lets keep the motivaion high:) Lets show mother support to each other 🙂 Where do you based, if you dont mind saying?June 9, 2020 at 2:46 pm #573296manjeet1210
I am based in England. What about you?June 9, 2020 at 7:16 pm #573308annamanna
Not too far.I am in Ireland. What is your study plan? Are you taking any exam in September?June 10, 2020 at 9:02 am #573346manjeet1210
Well i always plan but always end up giving priority to other things in life…
Lets do it together and encourage and motivate each other, I am planning to give f1,f2 and f3 till september. Have you given any exams or planning to give in September?October 19, 2020 at 8:19 am #590262lucygoose
Have just passed my final exam after eight years of studying alongside having severe clinical depression. I’ve been fortunate in other ways – family support, finances haven’t been an issue, I’m generally good at exams – but repeatedly losing weeks and months to black chemicals swirling around my brain has made it very, very difficult (both in terms of my ability to study and my ability to keep up any sort of motivation)
I’ve kept going out of sheer obstinacy that I will not let this thing beat me, and victory feels all the sweeter at the end of it.
Keep going. One foot in front of the other. You CAN do this!October 19, 2020 at 10:25 am #590362Marzena
Thanks for sharing! I am still on the go! Good luck everyone!October 21, 2020 at 9:52 pm #591034okey1305
Great!! Thanks for starting this tread to encourage folks still in the journey and providing a platform for those with similar success stories to share. To the glory of God, I also qualified as an affiliate and have applied for membership. Honestly, I can’t take the credit. As a Christian I had to pray and trust in the mercies of God in Christ Jesus for every paper. Yes, I did what every student does which is to read and practice exam type questions but I recall that there was no single paper I wrote from F5 up to the professional papers in which I was very sure of passing. So, after exams I always had to pray for God’s mercy and believe for His Grace in Christ Jesus. God in His faithfulness saw me through a journey from re-registering and starting from scratch in 2018 to my qualification in 2020. I also trust God that my application for membership will be successful. Like Eagledave, please keep pushing and don’t give up. For believers in Christ like me, ask Him for guidance while preparing, do your part by reading your study text, examiners report, technical articles and solving exam type questions. Prayerfully write your exams and pray for His mercies afterwards and stay in faith that God will prosper you. I tell you He will.
Thank you opentuition for your support in helping students access resources at no direct cost. You guys are amazing. I love you all and God bless.
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