1) What prompted you to get admitted into the CA course?
Just one question “What am I going to do if not CA?”. Being in a college that gets over at 10am, I obviously needed a productive use of my time and what’s better for a B.Com student to kill his time and boost his CV than take up a course for which no amount of time is ever enough?
2) In retrospect, what has been your expected/unexpected and most cherished gain from your CA journey?
Yes, I entered this field because I needed to kill time but that doesn’t trivialize the journey that this course has to offer. I started the course with great expectations and I think it’s safe to say that it has given me more than I had expected. The expected gains are obviously the technical knowledge and the decision making capabilities that a CA has to offer. But the unexpected gains are what I feel have made the most difference and have proven to be the most consequential lessons that I have received to date. Not only has the course taught me how to apply my mind, it has also taught me how to stay calm in the most dire of the circumstances (Thank you Big 4 Articleship!), it has taught me how to manage my time and prioritize and most of all, it has taught me how to give up everything you love and work hard for a predestined goal until the fruits of your sacrifices finally pay off.
3) What is your favorite aspect of articleship and why?
There are so many to choose from. The practical knowledge, the access to an unlimited database of knowledge in the form of your seniors, the exposure to the corporate world and the list just goes on. But if I have to choose just one, I feel the best part about my articleship was that it continuously allowed me to test my limits to find out how far I could actually go. I was always given newer and tougher challenges to manage in office along with my academic challenges which have not only fulfilled my self-actualization needs but also built my confidence not only as a professional but on a personal level as well.
4) How do you think life would have been different had you not opted for an CA?
I would have spent much more time on the football field, partied a lot more, slept and done everything I loved and wanted to do rather than spend my life in college, office and tuitions. But then in retrospect, rather than having a worthwhile job, I would probably be unemployed with nothing worthwhile on my CV.
And after all, it’s never too late to once again start doing the things you love right?
5) Any words of advice for future CA aspirants?
The CA journey is like a hangover. It takes away your appetite, it hurts and it throws you to the ground but once the pain subsides, you know that it was just a part of something much better. Make sure that you don’t lose focus and keep your eye on the prize because trust me, that’s gonna be worth it. You’ll get enough challenges thrown your way (at times more than you think you can take) but a bit of dedication and perseverance is all it takes to make it to the final lap.
Also, make sure you’re not working hard but you’re working smart. Randomly going through thousands of pages of materials or trying to memorize the course 5-6 times with an empty mind just doesn’t work (except of course when you’re talking about ISCA). Make sure you know your strengths and weaknesses and plan your course of action accordingly and don’t worry about covering everything multiple times as long as whatever you’re doing, you’re doing it to the best of your capabilities. As my senior once told me, “Quality and not quantity is the key”.
Most importantly, if you’re not ready for the hangover, don’t pour yourself the drink. Don’t do it because someone else forced you to or if you think it’ll be cool and you’ll cruise through it. If you don’t know your capabilities or you don’t follow it all the way through, you might just end up making a mess of the floor. So just make sure that you’re making the right decisions and if you don’t feel that the journey is worth it, it will never be and there are plenty of other options that you have.
All the very best to you guys, may you come out with shining colours and May the Force be with you!