Sharing an Inspirational story of Sharada Narayanan who started her CA journey at the age of 37.
“I was 37 years when I enrolled in the CA course. Some people have the Eiffel Tower on their bucket list, for me, it is being a Chartered Accountant (CA) by 2018,” says Sharada Narayanan a perfect example of a GO-GETTER MOM.
“I completed ICWA in 1996 after my graduation. Post that I started working with an MNC. I continued working even after my marriage. From 2001, I kept travelling with my husband as and when he got transfers to different cities. Life was wonderful, colorful and interesting experiencing different cities, meeting new people however the constant transfers made working difficult for me.
With every transfer, I had to change my job as well. Hence I stopped working when we relocated to Delhi in 2009. It was then that my husband encouraged me to pursue CA.
As a child I always wanted to be a Chartered Accountant (CA), it was MY CHILDHOOD DREAM !!!! I thought finally I will fulfill my dream and enhance my resume. These transfers proved to be a blessing in my life!!!
In 2009 I registered for CPT (1st level CA Exam) and cleared it in ONE GO!!! I continued the next level of my CA studies – IPCC. I worked REALLY HARD for it. Almost putting in 9 – 10 hrs of daily studying. I cleared IPCC in the 1st attempt again. It gave me such a boost and enhanced my self-confidence greatly as I was halfway through CA!!! I enrolled for my articleship as well thus managing the house, work, and studies altogether.
It was at this time I enrolled for the Company Secretary (CS) course as well. Surprisingly, I cleared CS – all the levels in my 1st attempt !!!
I have 2 sons aged 18 and 12 (age as of now).There were days where we all studied together. Its a wonderful experience studying with your kids! My elder son says – Mamma, there is a CA post vacant somewhere in some company for you, JUST KEEP GOING.
From 2014- 2016 I was busy with my elder son’s preparation for his MBBS. He was in 11/12th his career was more important for me. I wanted to be there for him…I decided to set aside my CA preparations!!! I supported him throughout, he got an MBBS seat in a deemed university in 2016. His dream was fulfilled. It made the CA wait all SO WORTH IT for me!!!
I again started thinking of giving my CA Final exams. In Jan’17 I had to undergo a knee operation. I was told to take ‘COMPLETE BED REST’. I started dancing in my head on hearing this, complete best rest means I could study for my CA final exams. Another blessing in disguise!!!
I took this as an opportunity and started studying for CA Final. After setting up my kids career, now I gave my CA Final 1st attempt in May 2017, though I am somewhat doubtful to clear this attempt however I am positive about things. Now only I have boarded CA Final train destination will surely come, it might take some time but MANZIL ZARUR AYYEGA…!!!!!!! I am ALL SET TO work really hard!!! Please wish me luck…My family is waiting for me to be a CA..!!!
My Mantra is PASSION… Juggling studies and family can be tough, but when you’re passionate about something, GO FOR IT. We are NEVER TOO OLD to start something new…We should never blame the Institute. They are the ones who are filtering and bringing out CAs who are the base for running companies. The only difficulty I have faced in the CA journey is memorizing section numbers…It is just the ‘age factor ‘ I guess Aur woh bhi ho jayega.” she giggles
“Once I am a CA will go back to the corporate world, will get some experience and then plan to start something on my own !!! I don’t have any ego. Will accept any suitable post with my resume – a respectable one for a triple qualifier…I will be 44 in August!!! ”
What is your ADVICE to others,” My HARD WORK and GOING BACK TO STUDIES have given my kids a solid example of someone SETTING A GOAL AND MEETING IT. People can find every reason in the world why they can’t accomplish something – I WANT MY KIDS TO SEE THAT IF YOU ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES, YOU CAN GET WHAT YOU WORK FOR.
Also, I always tell people MARRY THE RIGHT PERSON!!! I am blessed to have married one. He has mentored, encouraged, supported and guided me throughout this journey,” she concluded.