Studies: Joined ACCA in 2005 and completed his final exams and gained his BSc in Applied Accounting in December 2008.
Career at a glance: 14 months' experience working at PwC in Lahore, Pakistan, and has worked at a firm in Singapore for the past nine months.
Hobbies: Watching and playing cricket and football.
Affan Ali, originally from Pakistan and now living in Singapore, completed the CAT exams, ACCA exams and gained a degree from the UK's leading modern university, all within five years. 'What's best is that I didn't have to repeat any studies,' says Affan. 'I used the CAT Qualification as a fast track on to the ACCA Qualification, and the ACCA exams I passed contributed towards achieving the BSc degree. It meant I only needed to complete a Research and Analysis Project and the Professional Ethics module to gain a BSc (Hons) degree in Applied Accounting awarded by Oxford Brookes University.
'Attaining the degree shows employers that you have the key graduate skills of self-reflection and communication,' explains Affan. 'To complete the project I chose to focus on the accounting and business issues within an organisation and explained why a company's financial performance had changed. You need to look into its business environment and identify those actions taken by the company, its competitors and government which led to changes in the overall business performance.'
Affan chose Shell and was awarded a prize for the best project out of the 2,500 ACCA students who submitted their projects at the same session. Judges said his analysis was coherent, accurate, informative, logical and intelligent. 'It's my proudest achievement to date,' says Affan.;
It took Affan about two months to complete his Research and Analysis Project. 'In terms of the usual time and costs involved in undertaking a degree it's great value for money and a clever way of getting your ACCA studies recognised by a UK university. But more than that, I wouldn't have otherwise had the opportunity to be awarded a degree. And the beauty is that students can gain a degree from Oxford Brookes University from anywhere in the world.'