In this interview, Loris shares his journey to becoming a prizewinner, including top tips for aspiring CIMA students.
Congratulations on your CIMA Highest Achiever award for Management Case Study! What do you think was the biggest factor that lead to your achievement?
Thank you very much! I would say lots of preparation. This is absolutely key. FI is really good at providing good preparation work with Mock Exams for instance. It is important to fully understand the pre-read by reading it again and again.
What made you choose a career in Accountancy? Was there anything that triggered your decision?
When I was still at university, I fell in love with Finance thanks to my teacher who was really good at transmitting passion for numbers. I understood then the value that Finance Analysts /Accountants can bring to any organisation. This added value is really was emphasised by CIMA, which I think is great.
For your studies so far, you’ve tried our FI Online courses. How did you find this study method? What was your approach to studying for this module and are there any study tips you recommend to other online students hoping to achieve a CIMA Highest Achiever Award?
FI Online courses are more than helpful I should say! The online preparation offered to students is more than enough to pass any CIMA exam. This is a resource that every student should use in order to achieve success. If I could recommend just one tip, it would be to use as much as you can of every single resource FI provides; study materials, course notes, and most importantly, the question bank and mock exams. The best way to check your knowledge is to test yourself with the question bank and mock exams. I used to attempt these two under real exam conditions!
Which qualities would you suggest a new learner looks for in a tuition provider to get the best experience from their studies?
Availability, quality of materials, and the possibility to test yourself enough through the tuition provider’s platform before going into an exam.
What support have you had from your employer, colleagues, friends and family so far during the course of your studies?
I had the chance to have a supportive family and girlfriend. Let’s be honest, it is not always easy to study after work and during the weekend. It’s important to talk with family and friends about it, and if you’re lucky, they will do their best to help you out! I will add that I received a lot of support and trust from my employer and my line manager, which helps a lot as well.
Do you have any goals/plans in mind for once your CIMA studies are finished?
For the short term, I think I will try to enjoy my time without having to think about exams!
A big congratulations from Team FI, Loris! Keep up the hard work and we can’t wait to see what you achieve at Strategic Level.