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Fate is defined as clearance of something unavoidable to a person. You can call it fortune or destiny. In Arabic this is called ‘Takdir’. As a Muslim, I believe in fate. I also believe that it is possible to change your fate if you work for it. I always try to shape my own destiny. But it is not possible for anyone to shape his entire destiny. There are some times when things go out of your hand and you have to relay on mercy of Almighty. Things might go for better or worse for you. But you have to be patient and believe on the act of almighty.

When I was little, I selected Chartered Accountant (CA) as my aim in life. Why I selected that aim is another story. My be I will tell you another time. When I set my aim in life to be a CA, I had very little knowledge about it. I didn’t even know what a CA does. So when I had to write essay about ‘my aim in life’, I never could write that I want to be a CA. I always used to write that I want to be a doctor and I want to help poor, bla bla bla. That’s because I didn’t have any clue and I was shy to ask other about the ‘thing’ I want to be but have no idea.

When I was in Class 9, I was asked to choose a Study route. At that time, 3 alternatives were available: Science, Business Studies and Humanities. Most of my family members and relatives have studied science background. I also loved science but I used to find chemistry very hard. At that time, someone suggested me that if I want to be a CA, then I should select Business Studies and Study Accounting. I couldn’t recall the person or his his name. But I followed his suggestion and selected business studies as my study route. I studied accounting very hard. At the beginning, it seemed weird and funny. I could never understand the reason I have to go through all those hardship to make a trial balance. But with time, I cracked accounting and started loving it. In fact I started to get highest marks in accounting. Then I passed school and college but kept my dream of being CA alive.

After passing school & college, I went to a reputed CA firm along with one of friend to learn about CA and admission process. We just completed our college education and didn’t have much of clue about corporate attire. We were wearing casual attire at the day we visited that CA firm. When we entered the CA firm, we found someone passing by. We asked him that if he could give us some time to share knowledge about CA and admission process. The person looked at our attire and burst with anger. He insulted for not wearing corporate attire and told us that we were not the type to study CA. We should seek for some firms which allows such audacity. After all the hard talk, he told us to get out of the firm. We felt so much insulted that we could not stay bit more. After getting out of the firm, we two made our life decisions. My friend, who was also interested to be a CA, decided not study CA where as I became more passionate to be CA. I wanted so much to prove him wrong. It was my way to taking revenge.

At the very beginning of my graduation, I decided to select Accounting & Finance as my major. My university provided ‘Accounting & Finance’ as single major. At the second semester, I was introduced to Marketing and Finance. I studied marketing on small scale during my college education. But during my undergrad, I got the complete picture of marketing. I fall in love with both accounting & finance. After couple of semester, I decided to pursue double major and i selected Marketing as my second major. For some reason, I found myself scoring high in marketing instead of Accounting and Finance. In the middle of my graduation, I left my dream of becoming CA and made my new dream to be a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). I shifted more focus on Finance related subjects while pursuing my ‘Accounting & Finance’ major.

At the end of my graduation, I joined Eskayef Bangladesh Limited as ‘intern’. I was assigned under Mr. Razzaque Bhuiyan. He was manager of the accounts and a chartered accountant. There were several others who were from the CA background. I worked as intern in Eskayef for 3 months. During this time I learned many things which includes the roles & responsibilities of a CA, CA admission process, Corporate culture and the value of a professional degree. Mr. Razzaque (Razzaque vai) was caring and very much helpful during my entire internship. At the end of my internship, I requested Razzaque vai to help me to get admitted in a CA firm. He agreed to help me and but warned me that it might take some times.

After completing my graduation, I had to select my future objectives. But I had many options. Getting a job was a very lucrative and reasonable option. Almost all of my friends were getting into jobs with handsome amounts. I thought of getting into a job and help out my family financially. Then I came to know about ICMAB where I could obtain a professional degree besides my job. Some of my friends were getting admitted in ICMAB. I joined them and got into ICMAB. But I was not happy. I wanted to be CFA. So I looked into the CFA process. I found it bit difficult me for that level and expensive considering the family financials.

I skipped the CFA but reverted to CA. I discussed some of my friends and relatives. But most of them discouraged me indicating the poor success rate at CA. I sat down and wrote down all the pros and cons of all the options I found valid. But still I could not decide. So I discussed with my father and shared my concern that CFA will be expensive, getting a job means end of my dream to have a professional degree and admission in CA will make a family burden for another 3 years. At that time, I really thought that studying CA will make me a burden because I will not be able to contribute to my family rather I have to be dependent during the 3 year training period. Finally my parents suggested me to pursue my childhood dream and assure me that they will provide necessary support (financially and mentally). I decided to study CA.

Soon after deciding to study CA, I joined in A. Qasem & Co. for 3 year training with the help of  Razzaque vai. I still could remember the first day at AQC. My seniors introduced me to different rules, policy and practice. At first, I feld captive at the firm. I didn’t know many. I had to obey my seniors, managers and partners. I had to be conscious about my actions to that it doesn’t violate any disciplinary actions. Started to count days. I decided not to stay at firm for more than a day after the end of my training period. I can remember crossing dates in calendar at the evening each day.

But after several months, I got used to with the firm environment, rules and practice. With time, I came to know all the persons in the firm and got along. I was having different amazing experiences at firm and audit clients. I started loving the firm. I didn’t have much time for my relatives or friends. I had to focus on my study, exams and the auditing activities in firm. I made some friends and got some excellent seniors in the firm and with their help introduced many changes in audit procedures. Our initiatives were appreciated and with time we got the chance to lead the audit teams.

Things became much more interesting when I completed 2nd out of 3 levels of professional exams. I had different opportunities and experiences which are very rare for CA students even in my firm. It became more interesting when the firm became a member or Ernst & Young Global (EY). I was so busy with audit and my study that I forgot to cross out the dates in calendar. Soon I found out that I have competed the training period. After my training period, I got some lucrative job offers. But I decided to remain in the firm until I became a CA. Fate didn’t disappoint me. Within couple of month, I became a CA and now it has been almost a year. After completing CA, I had couple of job offers. But I didn’t like the idea of leaving the firm. Surprisingly enough, I found myself more attached to the firm than I realized. I found myself enjoying seriously flexibility in my works which I will not get in the corporate world and I’m feel happy for the things I do.

It’s nothing but surprise of the fate that I came this far. I aimed for something I don’t know about, I changed my objective but came back to it. I was discouraged to pursue my dream then again I got numerous opportunities and help from countless people while pursing my dream. I had hardship but I had the opportunity to learn how to enjoy it. It’s a surprise alright. It’s nothing but blessing of Almighty. I don’t know what fate has for me in the future but I plant to shape my  own future. I know almighty helps who tries. I am sure I will have the blessings of the Almighty. If things does not go well for you, keep trust on the Almighty. Fate sure will bring a surprise for you.

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In our childhood we have learned the proverb that ‘Time and Tide wait for none’. This had been part of our study text in order to teach us that time is limited and immeasurably valuable. From this childhood education, I’ve learned that time is short and time management is very much important. Until now, I have not been realized how important time management is. I had busy schedule before but not to the extent I had been till yesterday. I was so much stressed and I had slept less that 5 hour per day. Several times I’ve wished that there were 48 hours in a day instead of 24 hours.

Since yesterday I had been busy with my MBA semester finals, projects and hand written assignments. I had to do all these after my office hours. It was so tiring. The whole semester was like this. Although Friday is my weekly holiday but I had MBA classes on Fridays. That means I practically didn’t have weekend for the semester which is equal to almost 4 months. In this semester I had two teachers who loves taking extra long classes and makeup classes without missing a single class. Sometimes it was so boring and tiring that I felt dizzy and sleepy in the class. I already developed habit of sleeping in the bus but in this semester I have developed the ability to sleep in anywhere. I have slept several time in rickshaw. I think you might get the idea how tiresome this semester was. But gladly the tiring semester have come to the end. My semester final exam are now over.

I am hoping to attend the upcoming August 2015 exam of ICMAB. From April 2015, I was planning to take full preparation for my ‘Advanced Financial Accounting – I (AFA-I)‘ course at ICMAB. However, I couldn’t.  I was busy with my Advanced Stage exam conducted by ICAB. Later I got busy with MBA exams, projects, presentations and term papers. I couldn’t’ manage time to take preparation for ICMAB exams. This is when I realized that time management are very much necessary. I have tried my level best to manage proper time for each and every necessary activities which left me tired and stressed.

However, sun shines after the rain. While I was passing my toughest time during the year, I received a good news. Last week ICAB have published its May-June 2015 exam result. The result showed me that I have passed the CA advanced stage. Advanced Stage is the final level of CA exams. There are four subjects of this exams. Passing the advance stage means qualifying as a Chartered Accountants and becoming eligible for the membership of The Institution of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB). As I have passed the advanced stage, now I have become a Chartered Accountant and eligible to be a member of ICAB.

This was my first attempt in advanced stage exams. I didn’t really expect to pass all four subjects in on attempt.  I required two attempts for both the Knowledge level and the Application level. So I was sure that I will take at least two attempts to pass the advanced stage. Moreover, I knew that passing the final level is very hard and there are many brilliant students who are struggling to pass this level. Compared to them I’m nothing and my exams were not that good to pass all four. So when the result came out, I was shocked and surprised. At first I thought there might be en error or I have seen wrong. But later I was made sure that I have really passed the CA final stage. It was way beyond my expectations and seemed like a dream.

When I started CA, my aim was to pass at least two level of ICAB exams and appear at least once for the final level of exam before I complete my CA articleship (CACC). Alhamdulillah I was able to achieve this target. When I achieved this target, I felt aimless and felt there is nothing left to do. I was getting demotivated. So I had set a new aim to pass the CA advanced stage at the first attempt. I also had the target to pass without paying any annual fee which was applicable for CA students who have completed their articleship. With the blessings of Allah, the most merciful and gracious, I have achieved that target .

Moments after passing CA seemed different than ever. I was unsure with my result while others were congratulating me. I was not sure what to say or how to act. But I was appropriated by my family, relatives, friends, colleagues, partners and senior partners of the A. Qasem & Co. After passing my CA exams, I have been promoted to Manager of Audit & Assurance service from the position of Assistant Manager. I have also been  assigned with a new room at A. Qasem & Co. I’ve received many advises from my senior colleagues. This sort of experiences are new to me. I’m really enjoying these experiences. However, there is nothing that can change who I am. I will remain the same old me.

It was my life long dream to be a professional accountant. Specially to be a Chartered Accountant (CA). Therefore, after my graduation, I joined in a CA firm named A. Qasem & Co. It is the first CA firm and one of the top ranked firm in Bangladesh. It’s also the only cooperative firm of PwC in Bangladesh.

After i joined in CA firm, many of the senior articled students and managers advised me to start studying from the very beginning  They advised me to buy the books and take preparation for the exam which was then due in one and half years. I started studying but I could not grab much of it. It was hard for me to understand the terms and procedures followed by the team. None of the senior team member tried to make me understand what I was doing and what was the reason of it. All the did was direct me to what to do and how to do. But I don’t blame them. They didn’t have time to make me understand all those things. When I started auditing, then I came to understand everything. Then when I read my manuals I could understand everything and I started to enjoy it. Soon I finished 5 out of 7 books.  Rest 2 books are kept for reading two months before the exam.

In the mean time, 12 months have passed. Exam time is almost here. Yesterday I saw the exam notice for May – June 2013 exam of ICAB. I started to become panic. All of a sudden I felt that I am not prepared for the exam and exam is due with in a month. I started to panic. I could not concentrate on the study. I was alone at home which was ideal time to study and finish off several chapters. But as I could not concentrate on my study, I could not study a single chapter.

Later I clam down a bit and started to analyze my preparation. I found that it’s not that bad. All I need is to revise the books couple of the times and practice all the maths. Also I have two months in my hand. In this time I have to attend the classes which is a plus point for me. If I attend the classes regularly, I will understand which topics I need to focus more. But there is a downside of attending the classes. It drains out the energy out of my body. I don’t have any stamina left when I return to home. It’s already dinner time when I reach home. After refreshing myself and having dinner, I hardly get chance to study, Moreover I have to attend office next day morning and so I have to go to bed within 12 am.

On the other hand, my ICMAB exam are due in next month. I will attend two subjects this time. I failed in both subjects in earlier exams. So this time I want to pass the both of them. I have to prepare for those exam too. From now on I have to preserve my stamina and reduce the unnecessary things I do. I need to do lots of library work and revise all 7 books by April. Then I will finalize my preparation in May. Hope this plan will work out for me. I plan to pass all the subjects in the first attempt. In Sha Allah! Please pray for me.

January 2012 to March 2012. Life was good during this 3 months. No office No work. Just go to university & ICMA for classes. That was nothing as it was only twice in a week. I could sleep whenever I wanted. I could wake up as much late as I wanted to be. Life was best.

But all good time has an end. For me it was March 31. On April 1st, one of my aunt ( paternal side) died. However, in the same date I got called twice. Once for an interview at trust bank and another was to join in A. Qasem & co which is a chartered accountant firm and affiliated with PwC. It was my deam to be an Chartered Accountant. So I joined in. And that is why my life got busy.

No, I am not telling that my life got busy because I joined in CA firm. There were several other things. You might know that I was attending an extra semester and North South University (NSU). As the semester was close to the end, pressure for studying was increasing. My result of first two mid term did not meet my expectation. Therefore I was studying hard for the final exam. Also I had to think about the quiz and the assignment for the course I was attending.

By now you might know that me & my friend Reaz run a joint-initiative under the name SPSS Assistant (Visit: http://www.facebook.com/spss.assistant). Till march we had no client. However we faced the pick time during the semester, I was getting lots of calls from people asking for assistance and suggestion about SPSS. We took several request and working on them. At a certain point we crossed our limit. However we were still getting calls for assistance. This time people started pushing and requesting emotionally. So we had no other choice but to take some more requests. Till now we are working on them.

Our clients were putting us on tight schedule. We could hardly manage but yet we completed what we were requested for. We had to work till late night and start again in the morning untill it was time to go office.

I mentioned earlier that I joined in A. Qasem & Co. Chartered Accountants firm. It is a full time job. I have to be present from 9:30 in the morning to till 5:00 in the afternoon. By the time I reach home, it is already post evening. last few days of the month I had start working on SPSS assistant’s project when I got back at home. I had very few time for chitchat or for facebooking. I missing my usual life.

Today I am done with my final exam at north south university. Also I don’t have  pressure to work for spss assistant. Just tonight I got time for myself. Tonight I will sleep well. But from tomorrow life will be busy again. Although I won’t have work much for spss assistant during the days left in this month, I will remain busy. I will get back in my study. I have to make up for the lost days. I have to work for fulfilling my dream.

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