Trials and tribulations of student life – dealing with disappointments


“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity” (Albert Einstein)

I hope that this academic year goes plain sailing for all students. However, it won’t be long before we start getting our first marks and it won’t be long before our expectationEinstein quotes are challenged.

Nobody feels great when things don’t go the way they planned. And it is sometimes difficult to come to terms with that situation. We start asking questions: “Who, how, what went wrong?” “Am I to blame or is it someone else’s fault?” “How do I get back on track?” Continue reading

A Personal Reflection


As I reflect upon the journey that has, hopefully, just ended, and while I await the result of my rigorous efforts, the relentless march of Time has already separated Pradeep in his study spaceme by two months from the submission date of my final project of the SFP module in the Master of Science in Professional Accountancy (MPAcc) degree. The pain has somewhat lessened and I can now view, through a perspective infused with nostalgia, the many moments that consumed me entirely.

In my seventh decade, I may have, by a blip, increased the average age of the student cohort, comprising mainly of young, ambitious, career-minded individuals, sacrificing their present consumption wisely in favour of a rosy future. What reason can I have for subjecting myself to the same sacrifice? Perhaps a rosy future? Not really! The motivations that propel us beyond securing life’s basic necessities cannot always be measured according to the Laws of Logic. Continue reading

Studying – experience ‘of’ or ‘for’ a lifetime?


That’s a good question isn’t it?

Last year, when I was considering enrolling in the MSc in Professional AccountanLearncy, I thought about this question a lot. I already graduated twice, I am in full-time employment and I am a fully qualified ACCA accountant. The value of returning to Higher Education wasn’t that obvious.

In Higher Education, are we just reading recommended books and articles and submitting assignments and when it’s all over, time for work? Or are we primarily doing this as preparation for the world of work? As such, do we learn to learn for life? Continue reading

Studying and depression


Depression is a mental illness that has been in the headliDepressionnes recently. I always think “mental illness” is a slightly derogatory term and just consider myself living with a long-term illness. That’s just me though and I don’t want to (and won’t) get into a debate about the correct term to use. Certainly a significant number of students, at some time in their lives, have to face this illness. So I thought it might be worthwhile writing a blog from a “depressed student’s” point of view. Continue reading

Isolation


As Pink Floyd (The Wall) said: “Hello, is there anybody out there?”Hello

Since changing jobs and not likely to get a phone before the final project is due, I have lost contact with the SFP module WhatsApp group.  Now I am not getting my daily dose of international (student) news, titbits of wisdom on the course, highlights of key areas to watch out for or areas to ensure I cover. Continue reading

I am not doing this for the fun of it


challenge I have never written a blog before but I thought it would be interesting to give a slightly different perspective on life and the reasons for doing the MSc Professional Accountancy course.

Just a warning, unlike some of the other bloggers, I don’t see the studies as a “calling”, I have studied over the past years (BA, BSc, ACCA, ACT, and now MSc) as a means to achieving certain professional goals.

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Life is all about making the right decision at the right time


Quote 'distance between dreams and reality is called actionHello Folks, my name is M.Usman Aqeel, a Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), SAP Financials Associate Certified, and recently enrolled on the MSc in Professional Accountancy programme with the University of London. I am currently working in the construction industry as an Asst. Finance Manager with a group of companies in Dubai, UAE.

Before enrolling on the MSc programme, I discussed this with my seniors and colleagues, and some of my colleagues were concerned that I would not gain any immediate benefits from studying this programme, but others were encouraging. And I thought what will I lose if I started? I had nothing in my mind, and thank GOD I took this decision and got the opportunity to pursue my masters from one of the world’s top universities. I met with amazing people from different parts of the world on this platform where we share different ideas and work as a team. I also got the opportunity to connect with professionals in my field with different schools of thought.

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