Sometimes, preparing in advance for victory actually gets you the victory.
I wrote this article in my notebook during my December holiday. This was before I even knew the outcome of my exam.
Sometimes, we travel a journey we thought short, for so many miles. To the point, we feel like it is never-ending. We sometimes get discouraged and alight that bus.
It’s okay to quit if you feel something doesn’t serve you. It is not okay to quit if you still have even the tiniest willpower to pursue it.
When a course is close to my heart, I hardly quit. I will stop for a while when it gets weary then resume later.
The statement above defines my journey with a KASNEB (Kenya Accountants and Secretaries National Examinations Board) course. A journey known by many Kenyans.
How I begun my C.I.F.A Journey
I was a second year in Kenyatta University taking Bachelor of Economics and Statistics. We used to have long holidays of up to four months where we’d sit idly at home. So I figured, how about finding another course to pursue. I approached a lecturer who advised me to take the then CSIA (Certified Securities and Investment Analysts). My parents were in full support and so I began in 2012. I enrolled at Star College of Management Studies which up to date is the best CIFA (the name changed from CSIA) college.
CIFA (Certified Investment and Financial Analysts) has six sections each with three units making a total of 18 units. Exam sittings, which take three hours per paper, happen every six months, in May and November. The shortest period one can take to complete the whole course is one and a half years – by combining two sections. The longest period is indefinite as some never really complete.
How I hit rock bottom
The beginning for me was easy as I passed Sections one, two and three without much hustle. In section four, I failed one unit which I had to redo in the next exam sitting. Failing means you have to pay KASNEB again to sit for that exam. I passed then went on to sections five and six which to be honest, crushed me. I would fail, repeat, fail again, repeat until I decided to take a break.
Well, my break took four years. It’s crazy how fast time flies.
Within the four years, it kept bugging me that I need to get it done. To update my CV that am done with CIFA. So, I set my mind in 2018 to finish CIFA in 2019. Since time had passed, I had to take the whole section six exams again. It’s a rule that if you don’t retake the failed exam for a certain period, you have to redo the whole section. I passed two papers and was left with Derivatives. I did Derivatives in November 2019. I’ve never been more hopeful about passing. And guess what, I did.
Thing is, the going might get hard, but if you are determined to finish, you will. No matter how long it takes. And you will feel so damn proud of yourself. Even if the world doesn’t notice, your closest people will and that is enough.
Understand that there are people who will choose the same journey as you. Some will not finish, others will finish earlier and others later. And that’s just how life is.
I recall cussing at KASNEB sometimes when the going got hard, with me saying once done with CIFA am done with KASNEB.
The guy who said never say never was right.
I cannot wait to begin my next journey.