This past week I have been hit with a lot of questions, all coming from a place of people who have what they think are my best interests at heart. I have been asked "Why didn't you go for a professional qualification? You don't need a masters to be a chartered accountant." Those who have followed me since at least January have asked me "wait, didn't you graduate with something in March, what was that?". I have also received the, "do you have a job" question. So just a moment to clarify.

When I graduated with my first degree 2 years ago, I had to make a choice. I had to choose between the professional route (Articles of clerkship) or the academic route (Masters). The way the accounting profession works, these are 2 distinct career paths. I wanted to be a chartered accountant, had a pending contract with Deloitte Zimbabwe (MY PERFECT FIT), but my support system strongly felt that I should choose the academic route. I was torn; do I go after Deloitte and be a CA or do I pursue masters and then PhD. 

Then it dawned on me, I could multiply. What if I could do both? I didn't know anyone who had done both concurrently, but well, the path being untrodden has never been a factor to me. I went to see Anesu Daka at Chartered Accountants Academy before I was even a student, and he cemented that I can do that, before laughing and telling me CTA was hard (Found this to be a gross understatement). I also knew getting a masters was not going to be a walk in the park. But an idea was birthed.

And today here we are. Paya takutonzi makorokoto. Masters done. And still on my way to becoming a Chartered Accountant having cleared CTA and Board 1. One more exam and the hours that make you wanna run away to go. So yes, I pursued both the professional course route and the academic route, and it somehow worked.

And yes, I do have a job, a dream job if I may add. Working at Deloitte has been a dream, all I hoped for and even more. Maud Chifamba