“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” - George Bernard Shaw
“Oh, so you’re still appearing for exams? Since last four years this is what I’ve been hearing. Oh come on, you wouldn’t want to miss your cousin’s wedding!” Anuradha Aunty exclaimed.Meeta’s sullen face was noticed by her mother. She persuaded the nosy Anuradha Aunty to change the topic to something which did not involve Meeta. Yet again, damage was done. Meeta had been subjected to the taunts and mocking comments of her friends and relatives since quite long. Meeta remembered the day how excited she had passed her CA Intermediate exam. And here she was appearing for her Final step of Chartered Accountancy. It had been almost 7 attempts and so much time invested in trying to clear the examination. Meeta’s parents were increasingly getting worried about her dropping confidence level, thanks to her constant failures in these exams.There are many other similar stories like Meeta. As a bright student, she chose the glamorous and one of the most difficult examinations in India, i.e., Chartered Accountancy. A mistake that almost every student does: following the herd, not analyzing his/her needs & skills, not researching future trends. Meeta always loved planning personal finances and she had the knack of finding the right investment plans. She could have considered alternative course such as the CFP (Certified Financial Planner) which she would have enjoyed more, or even passed the examination with flying colors.
From Meeta’s story we can learn that it is time to reconsider other options too. There are multiple careers with global recognitions in the field of business and finance. So why are we recommending these courses? Of course, globalization has brought in a sea wave of change in the requirements of the companies. The growing interest of foreign companies in India has resulted into a revolutionary change in the expectations from finance candidates. Today, many of them are in the lookout of candidates who can fit in the ‘global setup’, understand global financial reporting requirements and adapt to the growing challenges of constant changes. While hot careers in India like Chartered Accountancy and MBA Finance certainly pay a handsome salary, many students find it difficult to clear through the funnel system of these highly competitive examinations. Plus, there is cut-throat competition with many candidates vying for their dream jobs. So, instead of embracing frustration, why not embrace some change?
Let’s explore other options by qualifications.