Meet Meesha Gandhi, the 14-year-old achieving great heights!

What motivated you to pursue the ACCA Foundation in Accountancy (FIA) programme at such a young age?

I’ve known for the last 2-3 years that I wanted to specialise in accounting. I was exposed to it as a child as I’ve seen my family members grow in the field and that always fascinated me. This summer my parents came across the Academy website and enquired about the age requirements for the ACCA programme. We straight away received a call from one of the course consultants, who gave us a few options. Although our initial plan was for me to pursue ACCA after school, upon further thought, we decided that it would be beneficial to start earlier than planned. FIA is the perfect starting point for a career in accounting and finance and was definitely the right choice for me as I feel more confident and learnt new skills that prepared me for the future.

What message would you like to convey to other students?

It's better to be sure about one's interests before taking a decision to pursue a qualification. However, it's equally important to ask yourself "why not" or "what's the harm in trying" when considering your choices. Oftentimes students at my age are unable to discover their full potential because they are hesitant to try but I believe it is "better to try and fail than to not try at all".

Where do you see yourself in the next ten years?

I would like to think that I would be working in an organisation where I can learn, grow and develop my skills as well as be financially independent. I want to be in a position where I can contribute to society and solve important problems. As I further pursue ACCA, I will be able to learn and practice various different skills, without which I wouldn't really be able to achieve where I want to be in the next ten years. Hence this is indeed a very important aspect of my life and I wish to see myself grow.

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