Kamran Malik
divisional financial controller
Emerson Process Management.

Kamran first became aware of ACCA when he was about 16 while studying for his GCSE exams in Pakistan. He discussed his options with his teacher and mentor Mr Nadeem, who convinced him to pursue a career in accountancy. Kamran says 'It's all thanks to him for the success I've had so far in my career.'

Of the many different accountancy qualifications available Kamran chose the ACCA Qualification because, 'ACCA is a globally respected and recognised qualification which requires a great deal of hard work and dedication. The ACCA Qualification covers all aspects of finance that an individual can face in practical situations and gives you lots of flexibility to pursue a career wherever you want.'

During his studies Kamran knew that if he was focused and had clear objectives then there would be no obstacles to prevent him from succeeding. 'One needs to be determined and should always keep in mind that once you have done your ACCA then a bright future is within your grasp.'

If he could give advice to someone starting out as a trainee accountant, he says, 'Effort and dedication, give 100% effort and dedication towards passing your ACCA exams and set clear objectives to achieve your practical experience requirement. Also, believe in yourself. Success is a journey, not a destination, so keep on working hard, believe in yourself, and you will achieve everything you want to.'

Kamran's typical working day is quite busy and interesting, as every day he gets an opportunity to learn something new and exciting. One thing he loves about his current company is that finance professionals are not restricted only to numbers but are fully involved on the business side as well. He finds it fantastic to be at the heart of the business.

'ACCA has brought great success to my life. At the age of 26 I am working as financial controller and looking ahead to a great professional life. This will give me a fantastic base to reach a top level position like chief financial officer or vice-president of finance at a very young age.'