Sunday, December 21, 2014

OBU Registered Mentor - Sathiyaseelan Jeyathevan FCCA

Mr.  Sathiyaseelan (Jay) FCCA is on the global mentor database and is an OBU Mentor for the BSc Applied Accounting program for then 10 years.

As a mentor, Mr. Jay has experience in providing mentoring for ACCA OBU students that are planning to to do their OBU in Johor, PJ, Shah Alam, Subang, Sunway and KL

This semester for those planning to do their OBU - please start by reading the following:

Pick a company

Pick the mentor

Start the project

Make sure you have completed the Professional Ethical Module

Make sure you are eligible to submit

Make sure that you have completed F4 - F9

If the all the above is done - there is no problems

Mentoring issues - what happens when you do not get to know the mentor

A mentee for OBU just highlighted the problems faced when doing OBU in a college that charged RM5000 for the OBU.

The whole BRM was not worth while since it did not really add value to the student

The mentee felt that mentoring was not done properly 

The person that was mentoring the mentee did not try to meet the mentee but had provided remote mentoring - finally resulted in failure of the RAP and SLS

If you want to avoid this hassle - get to know your mentor and talk about your plans as well as objectives.

Mr. Jay is a OBU registered mentor that can be identified from the mentee database that is available for you when you sign up with OBU website

So book your mentoring experience know by calling or visiting J Pro Business training on 23 Dec 2014

Saturday, November 15, 2014

OBU Submission 19 NOV 2014

Are you submitting your OBU this time?

Make sure you know that the date of last submission is 19 Nov 2014 and NOT 20 Nov.

The one thing to note is that you should be using the latest OBU Pack when you are doing your submission.

This is HERE

At this junction you should be checking the following:

Word count for SLS is 1,800 to 2,000 and the work is not descriptive but it should be reflective

RAP word count is 7,000 to 7,500 words

Your slides are within 24 slides

Your Appendix is correctly indicated, included financial statements for those doing Topic 8 and 15

Your list of reference is according to BSC pack Appendix 3 requirement

Cut and paste of materials from the net or others will be found out - so this has to be carefully watched since all projects will run through Turnitin.

I would suppose 20% is high unless it was referenced properly.

I have heard about outsider doing the projects for some of the students for a fee - this is unethical and should be avoided at all cost.

Getting a degree that way indicates that you have no awareness of the difficulty of supervised research and never learn anything - the paper would be useless.

Obviously this happens in all courses - there is always someone willing to do the work for a fee.

If you want to be supervised properly - next semester the OBU intake for J Pro will be starting on Dec 13, 2014 at J pro centre 10.00am - 4.00 pm

The fee for 2015 May submission
RM 1,000 for Business Research Methods and OBU Fee is RM2,000.  This must be taken as a package.

BRM will cover
1. How to select the company
2. How to select the topic
3. Financial analysis for OBU (Topic 4/8/12/14/15)
4. Governance analysis for OBU (Topic 17/20)
5. Marketing analysis for OBU (Topic 18)
6. Motivation analysis for OBU (Topic 6)
7. Other issues
8. Using Excel for faster analysis of data
9. Powerpoint presentation for OBU - getting it done in 20 slides
10. Referencing and writing a good piece of argument 
11. Concluding your work properly
12. Reflection on work - writing up SLS 4 Questions

Students that want to just do the OBU alone - the fee is RM 2,800 without any classes for the above.

There will be 3 days of 6 hours class for the BRM to cover all the details.  This should speed up your completion of project by 40% since there is a hand on training on how to get the research done faster and techniques to save time.

The class will be on 28,29 and 30 of Dec 2014

Sunday, October 26, 2014

OBU Mentor in JB

Students planning to get your OBU done in Johor - can also contact me directly to get mentoring done at JB.

This will also be feasible for students studying in Singapore, since you can drop by on Saturday to meet up and discuss the plans for your project.

Mentoring in JB will be starting off in Jan 2015 on 8/9/10 of Jan 2015.

8 and 9 of Jan - meetings will be after 6.30 pm

10 Jan - meetings will be from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm

I will be meeting up mentees on those dates to discuss their projects and what to do moving forward, so please make arrangements with Mr. Kumar on timing for the meetings.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Results are out - ready for next submission?

Congratulations for those that passed the paper, if you had failed - try again next semester or the following.

Those that are planning to start your OBU for May 2015 submission - submission period 30 can get started now.

Latest date to complete the Professional Ethics module 31 March 2015 

Earliest submission of RAP online 01 May 2015

Latest submission of RAP online 20 May 2015 

RAP and BSc degree results release 23 September 2015 

Fee is 191 pounds

The mentoring fee with Mr. Jay is 
RM 2,800 for those that don't want to attend the BRM.

Those that attend BRM RM2,000.  The fee for BRM is RM1,000.  If you attend this BRM, you do not need to attend another BRM.  If you have attended a BRM before, please provide evidence of attendance to claim a discount of 50% on the BRM fee.

Please book earlier to get a seat since there is limited seats for mentoring per submission.

All students can attend a free seminar on HOW TO GET AN "A" OBU PROJECT seminar that will be held on DEC 16 2014 at Session 1:11am - 12.30pm & Session 2:3.00 - 4.30 pm

Please call Mr.Kumar 016-263-0649 to book your seat for this event.

There is no obligations for this event.

About Mr.Jay MSc FCCA Pg.Dip Marketing

Qualified with ACCA from Sunway College PJ in 1996 and obtained Pg.Dip Marketing from University of Northumbria (UK) in 1998.  He also got his MSc in Accounting and Finance with distinction from University of Gloucestershire (UK) in 2009.

He has been lecturing in ACCA (UK), CIM (UK), ABE(UK), AIA (UK), CIMA (UK) University of London (external program), University of Newcastle (UK), University of Sunderland (UK), University of Herdfordshire (UK) since 1997.

Subjects that have been covered by Mr. Jay includes Economics, Management, Strategy, Quantitative methods, Advertising, Marketing Strategy, Marketing Research, International Marketing, Strategic Marketing, Intergrated Marketing Communication, Business Law, Audit, Financial reporting, Tax, Corporate reporting, Business Analysis, Performance management, Advance Performance Management, Advance Audit and Assurance, Corporate Governance, Risk management and Financial Management.

That is all the subjects in ABE, CIM and ACCA and some more.

He is involved in toastmasters and has numerous awards. He has completed Advance Communicator Silver level for TM International.

If you are planning to get a mentor, best to get one that is familiar with the area that you are planning to do.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014





This is a critical item in your OBU submission and OBU does not make any exception to this issue.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Thinking of starting OBU 2014?

Are you thinking about doing your OBU and still wondering about the benefits?

I just had one student tell me that her parents want her to complete the ACCA P level before doing OBU.

Well that looks like good advice but does your parent know anything about the industry and how an accountant does their work?

Will you be asking you parent permission to go for an audit assignment in the future or do a tax job in an overseas stint?

Obviously not - because they have adequate knowledge about education up to your form 5 level.

Once you enter ACCA and started taking a professional qualification - it is like doing your medical degree.

All the students should then consider - how they are going to get where they want to be - a Chartered Certified Accountant.

My experience with ACCA P level students, is that, sometimes it takes longer than expected.

There are students that have taken on P level paper for 4 times and still not passed = 2 years of your life doing one paper.

This is a story of 3 of them - Mary, Amy and Linda

Mary did OBU degree as soon as it was available and got the degree, Amy and Linda said that they wanted to clear their professional and felt that doing OBU is a waste.

Mary got a job in Big 4 and started earning 2.8k, reaching assistant manager in 4 years time - earning 6k, while trying to do the last 2 papers. She was accepted because she had a degree.

Amy worked at small firm earning 1.8k for 4 years, hitting senior earning 2.3k, while trying to do last 2 papers

Linda listened to her parents and studied full time for 4 years - earning nothing.

All qualified the same time.

The one that worked in Big 4 got a job as an accountant in a listed company earning 10k per month, also got ACCA membership immediately.

The one that worked in small firm now got accepted into Big 4 as a junior earning 3k - getting ACCA membership immediately.

The one that did not get any experience working did not get a job for another 1 year.  Later got a job in a mid-tier firm earning 3k

After another 5 years.....
The one that did OBU is a FD earning about 40k per month
The one that waited but worked a bit is an accountant for a large company earning RM10k per month
The one that worked in the mid tier firm is still there earning RM6k per month

Moral of the story.  Sometime parents protect you too much, it will cost you later.  Know what is important for you and go get it.

They are not skilled enough to know what is important for you after the age of 21.

You should be responsible for your decisions and not them.

Grow up and make the right decision - get your OBU earlier and go to work.

Practical experience helps in passing ACCA optional papers and this is one of the secrets that you should know.

Parents of ACCA students always think that putting too much pressure for their kids is bad - actually it is good since it creates character and allows them to be stronger when facing stressful situation.  Parents should also talk to people who know the industry and not people outside the industry before giving advice to their kids.

You can still sign up for OBU one to one mentoring with Mr. Jay for Nov 2014 submission (same as the ones in the college)

Fee is RM2,200 - 2,700 per student.  If you have studied with me before, you will get another discount of RM150 per paper studied.

Those with 68 marks and above - your fee is RM2,200
Those with 60 marks and above - your fee is RM2,500
Those with less than 60 marks - your fee is RM2,700

This is full mentoring, one to one, which is the same as the one offered at Sunway University College.  

The difference is the price!  Those that did the BRM can also consider since there is a saving of RM600 for those with 68 marks and above.

Call 017-8786074 for details.