ACCA South Africa hails the success of nine ACCA Graduates
For nine ACCA students, success never tasted sweeter! They were thrilled when they passed their final examinations written in December 2004. Read how Philisa Jordan succeeded, and hopefully it will serve as an inspiration to you.
Philisa Jordan - ACCA Affiliate from Dec 2004
"ACCA like any professional examination needs hard work and dedication, you cannot do it half- heartedly and expect to pass. From September, ACCA was my priority. Everything else was of secondary importance. I think what really got me through was my attitude, it was a rough ride leading to the exams but I never even once entertained the thought of failing. Every time I felt tired and despondent, I would just imagine how happy I would be after I had passed. I kept telling myself that it was better to suffer fully for those 3 months and make sure that I passed than suffer a bit and end up failing which will require me to suffer again for the coming six months before the June exams."
"It is common knowledge that you need to work hard in order to pass your exams. Another thing that is equally important is your attitude. Your attitude can make or break you, especially in the later stages. You can know the work but if you have the wrong attitude you are likely to fail. It is important to believe that you can make it".
"It is important to pay attention to exam technique. I believe that a lot of students fail, not because they did not know the work, but they had the wrong exam technique. It is critical to practice time management and techniques to select questions well before the exams. It is common for students to make wrong choices in the exams because they just saw a word they liked in the question and, then discovered when they are already doing the question that they made the wrong choice. By this time it is too late to go and start an alternative question."
"I am very positive about my future, you tend to get more respect and audience when you have a professional qualification. There is possibility of a promotion within my current organization. I have decided to concentrate on the soft skills this year like communication, people management etc. in order to make sure that I develop myself holistically."
Philisa is currently employed at the South African Revenue Services in Pretoria. Well done, Philisa!
The South African Revenue Services (SARS) is ACCA Platinum approved accredited employer since 2001. Over 50 students are registered on the ACCA Professional scheme. SARS supports these students in their studies through paying their fees, allowing students time off to attend classes, giving them study leave to sit their examinations, allocating mentors to students in assisting them in acquiring their relevant and appropriate competences and ensures that rotation takes place for their practical training to be achieved.
Benefits for the SARS
- Facilitate improved examination pass rates by optimizing study policies and practices
- Developing better motivated staff, helping the organization to maximize the return on the training investment
- Offering enhanced capability to recruit the best people by gaining recognition in the market place as an organization committed to employee development.
- Providing help in benchmarking the SARS training support against best practices
- To rotate roles to meet ACCA's practical training requirements.
Other graduates from the Dec 2004 exams are:
Lucy Bili, Vincent Gyan, Tendai Burutsa, Joseph Hagan, Jason Blumberg, Steven Gill, Annelie Stapelberg and Richard Malaka. Congratulations and well done!