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Pakistani student Zara Naeem tops ACCA exam

Zara Naeem

Zara Naeem, an ACCA student from Lahore, has been declared the global prizewinner, she scored highest marks in the Financial Reporting exam conducted in December 2020.

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) is measured as the gold standard in accountancy with recognition and presence in over 179 countries worldwide. It opens doors to highly respected, fulfilling career opportunities across the world.

However, the global prizewinner, Zara Naeem credited her father as he was behind her success to pursue dreams and break all societal barriers. Zara’s father himself holds a master’s degree. He is highly a passionate person to see his child doing big things for Pakistan.

“My father is a true role model for me. I grew up seeing him reaching great heights in his military service that always inspired me to follow in his footsteps,” she said. “Seeing his gold medal that he was awarded his MBA made me challenge myself to live up to his legacy by dedicating myself fully to my studies.”

Explaining the reason for choosing ACCA, Zara shared, “ACCA was a natural choice for me. Most military families move every few years, so I always knew I needed a qualification that ensures flexibility and offers global mobility. With over 527,000 students in nearly 179 countries studying and sitting the same exams, ACCA is the best option for those who wish to go places.”

Busting the myth that finance and accountancy is a male-dominated profession, she shared, “This is no longer the case. With bodies like ACCA opening access, you’ll be surprised to learn that ACCA now has a female student base of 58%, with more women than ever looking to become professional accountants. So yes, get ready to see cracks in the glass ceiling.”

She now aims to start her own consultancy firm after attaining ACCA membership. She says that her firm would also win international clients due to her globally accepted qualification and worldwide connections that ACCA membership offers.

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