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My ACA experience: Keertthna

Keertthna started her journey by studying ICAEW CFAB and then completing the ACA at EY Kuala Lumpur. She is now a Finance Analyst in Shell Business Operations.

Keertthna's story:

Tell us about your career journey and what you do day-to-day in your role?

I started working in EY Kuala Lumpur’s assurance department in 2016 and was there for over 3 years. Subsequently after obtaining my ACA, I joined Shell in April 2020. I’m now a Finance Analyst in Shell Business Operations, involved in month and quarter end processes like production unit updates, depreciation analysis, producing and presenting reports for stakeholders and more. 

Why did you choose CFAB over other qualifications?

I chose CFAB as it was the fastest route to obtain the ACA for school leavers, and since I was sure of getting the ACA qualification when I left school, the CFAB was a natural choice.
 
Who or what inspires you? 

My family is my biggest inspiration as they’ve always supported and stood by me through everything, especially during challenging times like when I had to juggle work and studies while completing the last 3 ACA papers as well as manage my demanding audit career then.

 

Tell us how your work experience helped shaped the Finance Analyst you are today? 

Beginning my career in audit gave me immense exposure to various industries’ accounting practices and also instilled in me problem solving skills which I now use in my current role as a Finance Analyst whereby I use whatever resources readily available whenever there’s a challenge to resolve.

What advice would you give to students considering CFAB? 

If you’re thinking whether the CFAB is worthwhile, the answer is yes! I started with the CFAB when I was 18 and by 23 I had already completed all my ACA papers and had 3 years working experience under my belt. This just proves how fast the CFAB can help you progress in your career and also on your journey to becoming a chartered accountant.

How to become an ICAEW Chartered Accountant

You can qualify as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant by completing the ACA qualification. The qualification is made up of four key elements which include: 15 exam modules; 450 days work experience; demonstrated professional development and a comprehensive ethics programme.

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