Apr 2016

Fastest ACCA qualified student at LSBF!

Special interview with Jeyamkannan - Fastest ACCA qualified student!  


What is Jeyamkannan doing now?

Chandrasekaran Jeyamkannan, age 27, who landed a job before his official graduation ceremony in June, is an audit senior at a local auditing firm. He draws a comfortable salary of between $3 - $5k. 

How did he do it?

Jeyamkannan admitted that he would not have been able to complete ACCA in record time of two years through his own effort. He had helpers, a team of helpers in fact. His secret weapon was the ACCA tuition provider he chose to go with in Singapore- London School of Business & Finance (LSBF) who provided an excellent student support network and innovative teaching methodology. Jeyamkannan confessed that he would regularly pursue the ACCA lecturers and bombard them with questions of all kinds. ''Never had lecturers so accessible in my study life. I could actually check their timetable and easily find their free time to approach them!'' said Jeyamkannan.

Why ACCA at London School of Business & Finance (LSBF)?

It was already clear to Jeyamkannan that he wanted a career as a chartered accountant right from the start pursuing ACCA is one of the fastest way to attain that accreditation in Singapore. As to why LSBF? Jeyamkannan recalls that he didn’t want to take any chance with his career and chose to go with an ACCA Platinum Approved learning partner like LSBF. He happily tells us that he got more than what he bargained for, having experienced a fruitful campus life as a member of the student council and ''Go Green'' Club. He even volunteered in the Chingay and SEA games with the school!

Tips for ACCA students

Of course, we wouldn't miss the chance to squeeze a tip or two from Jeyamkannan, and lucky for us, he is not your typical top student who credits everything to ''hard work'' (like we didn't know that).  Jeyamkannan revealed that the revision classes helped him to focus on the most important areas highlighted by the lecturers, thereby saving a lot of his study time. In fact, he took revision classes for all papers he sat for.  There was also the mock exams in which he received feedback from his lecturers on his mistakes made. It proved to be tremendously beneficial by helping him to uncover his blind spots.  Lastly, Jeyamkannan advises juniors to never follow more than one book in ACCA.   

Any regrets?

It does seem like Jeyamkannan has had a smooth-sailing academic journey in LSBF Singapore and we sure are curious about whether he has regrets like any student does? And true enough, Jeyamkannan said that if he was to do it again, he would have planned the sequence of his papers better, so he would be eligible for the BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting degree at Oxford Brookes University. Having completed ACCA leaves him just one research paper away for a bachelor degree! What's more, he would have had the chance to tap on the resources at LSBF once again to complete the last paper. (For readers, important tip is to plan your papers at the start!)  That said, Jeyamkannan is looking forward and making plans for future.

 What’s next?

''I look forward to coming back to LSBF to get my CFA qualifications. By doing so, I can value-add my clients by providing financial advice, on top of accounting ones'', said Jeyamkannan

Jeyamkannan comes across as an individual who is very clear about what he wants in life. When asked about where he derives his motivation, he attributes it to his father. His father wanted to be an auditor when he was younger but couldn't continue due to financial constraints. He works hard so that the next generation can have a better life. Indeed, Jeyamkannan has done his family proud now !


More about ACCA 

ACCA is short for Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and is the most popular professional accounting qualification in Singapore that is recognized by employers worldwide. With 110 years of history, ACCA is even older than Singapore!  

Source: http://news.efinancialcareers.com/sg-en/212016/acca-cpa-aca-cima-which-accounting-qualification-will-get-you-a-job-in-asian-finance/  

ACCA examinations are administered by the London body and comprise a total of 14 papers including 9 fundamentals and 5 professional papers with an average passing rate between only 31 - 53 % for the professional ones. Failures would no doubt have to retake the exam.  In a year, ACCA runs 4 exam sittings allowing students to take a maximum of 8 papers. Therefore, the fastest duration possible to complete ACCA is 2 years. Most people take 3 years but some can go on for 6-7 years.

Chandrasekaran Jeyamkannan, whom we have the privilege to talk to, completed ACCA in just 2 years!  

More about LSBF Singapore

London School of Business & Finance (LSBF) in Singapore was established in 2011 with the support of LSBF in UK, under the royal patron, His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent GCVO.

As a global institution, the School has grown exponentially; receiving numerous awards and accreditations in Singapore and boasting two impressive campuses, right in the heart of the Central Business District.

LSBF in Singapore equips its students with the requisite knowledge and skills through 6 unique business units – School of Professional Education, School of Business, School of Hospitality, School of English, Chinese Business Department as well as Executive Development and Online unit.

With good lecturers, holistic student support services and resources, LSBF in Singapore is committed to break providing the highest quality education to students from every corner of the globe.


This article is written by Ted

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