Throughout my journey completing the ICA, I realised that I have grown a lot and that my journey does not end upon submission of the ICA on the 26th of February. This is my first time being away from home, I had to learn to live independently, juggling this with my studies and assignments. When exposed to the ICA last year, I was nervous about it as I had this mindset that it would most likely determine my degree classification. I knew that in order to score this ICA, I had to start off at the right foot by choosing the proper topic. I have always been more inclined towards the financial area compared to the accounting sector, hence purposely ignored topics from both the financial and management accounting areas. I struggled to look for an appealing topic in the financial sector as it was either difficult to narrow down my research topic or I did not have any solid background on the topics which interest me. I had discussions and received opinions from several lecturers and friends to help me decide on my topic. The greatest lesson learned was to be patient and to persevere. I realised that the process became easier as I continuously read about the issues highlighted by authors of various background. As I read, I would continuously ask ‘Why?’ to get a clearer picture of the problems. After completing my report, it cropped up that the process of completing the ICA would have been easier if I were to have identified the main issues properly and be clear on my topic during the submission of my topic choice form. The main issues I identified at that time differ significantly from the issues which I have identified in my final report. This was because of my ongoing poor time management skills. Lecturers have warned students about proper time management during workshops and lectures. My time management skills were put to test for the Advanced Management Accounting assignment. I neglected that assignment and only attempted it two weeks before it was...
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