I already kinda have a rough five year plan for my future. Very rough, as the occurrance of one thing is highly dependent on other, and at one time there are a few alternatives while other time, factors beyond my control also exist.
Does that sound like a plan, or what?
So, anyway, one of it is to start working early next year, say in February, in one of the big4 audit firms. At the same time, I will take ACCA. The problems, as I see now are:
1. I have yet to send my resume to any firm. It's only 90% complete. I don't want my resume to be cincai so I take my time doing it. If you don't buy that, here's another reason why my resume is still a work in progress; I'm so chicken scared to call my ex-manager to inform him that I want to put his name as my referee. What am I supposed to say? "Hello, I'm Zarina, an ex VT in EY. Remember me? Oh, btw, can you be my referee, I'm job hunting..".. I am so not good at making small talk. Or formal talk. Dem.
2. I fear the interview. (Okay, this is funny and perasan at the same time because of my sheer optimism of having the opportunity to be interviewed. Entah-entah, awal lagi dah kene reject. Tak boleh blah.)
3. Stiff competition. Need I say more?
4. Juggling studies and work. It sure can be done, but sacrifices have to be made. Social life, SLEEP etc. I remembered my senior adviced my to finish off professional papers before working, but at the same time, Simon Kua (one of the partners in EY) told me to do it on a part-time basis. "Muda lagi, jangan malas" he said, lebih kurang macam tu. I think the workload will still be manageable, depends on the time I take the exam. HOWEVER, today I got the scare when I found a note in my room (yerp, spring cleaning still in progress). It was from a talk I attended last year. What I managed to jot down from two different speakers were:
working + studying = hell
In addition to that, both speakers Ms Harveen Kaur (FCCA) and Pn Zaiton Mohd Hassan (FCCA) adviced us to study full time.
Now, if that is the way to go, I am back to square one. Double dem.