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Jamaica

Accountant, Citizens Security and Justice Programme

Ministry of National Security

Jaquean Morris

Jaquean Morris

Route to ACCA Membership:

1999    Diploma in Business Administration

 

2000    Started ACCA studies while working at NEM Insurance Company Limited

2008    Passed final ACCA exam

2009    Became an ACCA member

 

 

For Jaquean Morris, ACCA exams were so challenging that when she became an affiliate, she thought that ‘it did not seriously matter’ if she did not progress to membership. ‘I’m certainly glad I changed my mind,’ she says now, ‘and the process was not as onerous as I had thought, especially as I had worked while studying.’

Jaquean’s original career inspiration came from family members already in the accountancy profession. Having completed a Diploma in Business Administration, majoring in Accounts, Jaquean registered with ACCA, but her confidence was dented when her first set of exams proved harder than expected: ‘I immediately knew this would be an uphill task,’ she recalls, ‘but I do not give up easily, and I received great support from family, friends, and especially from my mother, who wanted me to make the most of opportunities she never had.’

 

But as Jaquean had to combine work, study and raising a young family, the challenge was even harder: ‘I had many re-sits and there were times when I thought I would never finish – so when I passed my final exam in December 2007 I was ecstatic!’

 

Encouragement – again from family, but also from other ACCA members - persuaded Jaquean to progress to membership, a decision she has never regretted: ‘Membership is the icing on the cake,’ she says. ‘It drives your professional development, and there are great networking opportunities. For example, as an ACCA member I have attended events held by ACCA and also our local accountancy body ICAC (Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Caribbean), where I have met accountants (and others) from all around the world, maximising my opportunities to network. I have also enjoyed debates on issues of national importance – such as a recent seminar on risk management which included a presentation from an IMF representative.’

 

Jaquean is now the accountant for the Citizens Security and Justice Programme, a social intervention programme run by the Government of Jamaica’s Ministry of National Security. Here she helps the financial specialist oversee the programme’s funding, received from the Government and two international funding agencies. She also mentors three ACCA students: ‘I find this truly fulfilling,’ she says. ‘It helps me repay the assistance I received, and is an excellent way to empower people, helping them perform better at work.’

 

Jaquean remains proud and honoured to be an ACCA member: ‘It is one of the most prestigious professional institutions in the world, and the support it offers ACCA members means that our knowledge is current and relevant; this makes us more effective at work, and more proactive in our response to issues facing the profession today.’