” I want to share that I have once again dared and taken next small step towards my dream – I have started a new journey as a proprietor of a Chartered Accountants Firm in Vadodara.
With the continuing help of some professional colleuges, who supported me in my start up, I am all set. Looking for the best wishes and support from all my friends and wellwishers,” says Anita Kapdi a qualified Chartered Accountant from The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
“To start from the beginning, I was a typical Mumbai girl- always on the go. I completed graduation in commerce from NM College and Law from Government Law College. After marriage at the age of 22, I settled in the milk city, Anand, Gujarat. Here I got an opportunity to start my teaching career.
I started as an Art and Craft teacher in a CBSE school and soon discovered a passion for teaching – especially mathematics. When Commerce stream was started in our school, I got an opportunity to teach Accountancy. Meanwhile, for professional advancement, I completed B.Ed. and M.Com.
I was quite satisfied with my job which had always provided opportunities for growth. I had already completed 23 years in the profession and saw myself retiring from the same. But destiny had other plans for me.
My father who himself is a Company Secretary would often say that he had done me a ‘DISFAVOUR’ by not allowing me to pursue Chartered Accountancy. Two of my brothers are CA’s and one is an MBA.
My CA Journey:
Though I was very happy with my present life, I wanted to do something about it. I thought what if I could present him with my CA degree on his 75 th birthday!!! The thought stayed on and as luck would have it – ICAI announced Direct Entry Route for registering for Chartered Accountancy course. I took it as a positive sign and immediately registered for CA course in September 2012 at the age of 48.
Preparing for IPCC (2nd level CA Exam consisting of 2 groups, Group 1 & Group 2) proved to be more challenging than what I had anticipated. I did not know where to begin from and whom to ask for guidance. I decided to go for self- study. The Study material provided by the ICAI proved to be my lifeline. I appeared for both groups of IPCC in May 2013 and cleared in the 1st attempt with good marks too.
My attempt for CA Final (Last exam in CA course consisting of 2 groups, Group 1 & Group 2)was due on May 15 but had to miss it as just 10 days before the exams my Mother In Law passed away. I appeared for both the groups in November 2015 but could clear only the Group – 1. I reappeared for the Group – 2 in May 2016 and qualified finally, I was a proud Chartered Accountant (CA) at the age of 52.
Besides articleship and clearing the exams, to qualify as a CA, a candidate is required to undergo several training programmes such as ITT, GMCS I and GMCS II. I had to travel to Ahmedabad or Vadodara for the same. Though it was stressful, it gave me an opportunity to make new friends almost half my age. It was fun sharing the classrooms with them.
During this period from September 2012 to June 2016, on the personal front too a lot of things were happening in my life. The marriage of my elder daughter – Surbhi (MD Homoeopathy), engagement of my younger daughter – Anshul (Architect) and Class X boards of my son – Paawan were major milestones.
Maintaining a balance between family responsibilities and personal aspirations was a real challenge.
Despite all these challenges, I NEVER HAD A DOUBT about my success. I NEVER BOTHERED about low passing percentage or number of attempts normally required to adorn oneself with this degree. I enjoyed the learning process and was never overly stressed out. Contrary to the common belief, I enjoyed family outings, movies etc. during my preparations. Last but the most important factor in my success is the strong family support.
My husband, Shyam, a doctorate in Renewal Energy Sources from IIT Delhi, has SET AN EXAMPLE for other men by encouraging his wife for an extraordinary endeavor which is quite rare even today. He firmly believed in my right to fulfill my dream and extended his whole-hearted support.
Real Problems After Qualifying:
The real problems started after I qualified and decided to join this profession. Most of the people I approached appreciated my efforts but were skeptic about my ability to work in the field. It was subtly suggested that I should enjoy the laurels of my achievements and go back to teaching.
I took it as a challenge and persisted in my search for a job as a CA fresher at the age of 52. Once again luck intervened and out of blue, I got a job in Management Audit department of KC Mehta & Co, Chartered Accountants in Vadodara.
I worked here for a few years and realized that I am ready for a new challenge. A few months ago I started my own Chartered Accounting Firm in Vadodara.
I have embarked on a new journey. Each day I am learning new things. It is not going to be easy and I must prove my worth once again before I am accepted by my colleagues. EQUIPPED WITH FAITH IN MYSELF, I AM ALL SET TO SUCCEED,” she concluded.
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