Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Job after you graduate from OBU Degree

Students that have completed your ACCA can now take this BAT by Bloomberg Institute to improve your career chances in the future.

Findings jobs in finance or business is hard, even with an ACCA.  It may not always be fair, since some have the "right connections" and others have none.

I have had students with good grades in ACCA complain that they are not getting the chances to get an interview whereas there are others that can get in even with weak scores.

Obviously this boils down to audit firms and their HR managers being able to practice the firms ethical codes - which is not really in their minds when they recruit.

This happens in all the firms.

If a partner recommends a candidate on the basis of friendship or personal connection, it would appear that the partner has a threat - familiarity or self-interest, with the party that has requested the job.

I have heard of a case where the FD of a large client of a Big 4 asked the partner to get his niece a job in his firm and this was done immediately without any major hiccups.

In this case, the partner was acting out of self-interest, giving a job to client's daughter would keep the client happy and there reduce the risk associated with client loss.

It is the HR manager or partner in charge of recruitment that must do something about this - recruitment should be based on meritocratic manner - this maintains the principle of objectivity and also the quality of the graduates.

In this the BAT helps the firms filter out and pick the great from the so-so candidates.  It is a great ethical safeguards for the HR department other than their internal examination system.

Graduates from ACCA should also have this in mind - it is not only your academic knowledge, your technical skills in audit, tax or accounting that matters.  You must also develop a strong communication skill and interpersonal skill.  The way you look will also impact the interviewer as seen in the following clip from BrainGames

Right now that you already KNOW what is the facts about getting the job, here is the link for BAT


Good luck in your test and hope it lands you a better job in finance and accounting.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

New addition for OBU

I have just added a new material by the side - it is a sample given by OBU for certain topics.

It may be a good idea to review that.

On that note, if you are doing the project this time, please make sure that you can make references other than annual report - if you place too much reliance on the annual report - your are taking a very very risky route to pass.

Reference your ideas is critical - make sure you understand how to reference

Is it possible to still start your OBU now?  Yes it is possible but you need to have discipline to finish it.  It takes 6 weeks to complete the project properly.  

That means if you use the cut off of April 8, the last date for you to start OBU is Feb 21, 2014.

If you want to start your OBU by then - make sure you have finished your online ethical module and are eligible to do your OBU.

Those interested to do can either call Mr.Kumar @ 016-263-0649 or email

Those starting at this point may only consider the CG topic. 

Friday, February 7, 2014



Come to J pro Training @ Kemuning Utama, Shah Alam on the 9th of Feb 10.00 am to 4.00 pm to discuss your options and we can work out a solution for your career and qualification.

Get your degree and go to work first - since practical experience helps students in their exams

Saturday, January 4, 2014

OBU Johor Timing

The OBU session for Johor is on 17th Jan 6.30 pm @ Sunway College

The class will be from 6.30 pm to 8.00 pm.  Objective is to discuss the main outcomes and also work to be completed

Thursday, November 28, 2013

ACCA OBU 2014 Submission on May 2014.

Planning to do your ACCA OBU RAP - if you had signed up for ACCA as a member on 2004, this is your last year to get this degree.  Those who keep telling you that you don't need an OBU failed to understand the importance of research skills a degree.  

Some companies out there will want you to have a graduate degree before HR will short-list you for the job. 

If you only have ACCA, it is not a degree and therefore you may not get shortlisted for some job.

Those planning to do OBU ACCA submission for May 2014 Cohort there is 2 registration and starting point.  Those that want to start in Jan will complete the project by end of Feb and those that start after the results are out in Feb will complete the project in April.

Those that are planning to start after Feb 8, Call Mr.Kumar once you are eligible to do your OBU - completed F4 - F9.

On the topics available for mentoring
3 year performance
3 year working capital
Mergers & 
Islamic finance
Strategic investment
Risk management
IFRS Implementation (New IFRS & it's impact)

CALL 016-263-0649 Mr.KUMAR

Mentoring can be done in Shah Alam / Sunway / Subang / Johor Mount Austin Area only. 



Tuesday, November 19, 2013

OBU Submission for 2013

Submission periods 
The next two RAP submission periods, and the dates on which RAP grades and BSc degree results will be dispatched, are as follows: 
Period 27 
Latest date to complete the Professional Ethics module 
30 September 2013 
Earliest submission of RAP online 
01 November 2013 
Latest submission of RAP online 
20 November 2013 
Oxford Brookes University BSc Examination Board 
March 2014 
RAP and BSc degree results despatched 
26 March 2014 

Please note that projects must be submitted online at the Oxford Brookes University website by the date of latest submission.

When you submit there is 5 files to up load
1. RAP in word
2. SLS in word
3. Appendix in pdf
4. List of reference in word
5. Power point in PPT


Power point only has to show part 3 findings in summary format, it does not need to part 1 and 2 of the project

Students that are planning to do OBU next semester - Dec 23 2013 9.00 am - 4.30 pm.  Those of you who have friends planning to do OBU next semester should also inform them about the open day at J pro for OBU.

This time there is a research class for the students that would provide hands on research techniques.  The planned date for complete the OBU is 1.5 months from the start.  Official starting point is Jan 2 for all the students and completion is timed at 15 Feb 2014.

Students should start completing their online ethical module, check eligibility and finally ensure they have passed all their F ACCA papers.

Next semester J pro will be running the following classes
P4, P5, P6, P7 Part time (sundays)
P1, P2, P3 Part time (evenings)
F4, F5, F6, F7, F8, F9 Full time (morning + afternoon)
F1, F2, F3 full time (mornings)

What is the benefits in doing ACCA at J Pro.
Save money since there is no resource fee and titas subjects.
Save time since you get to study in focused environment (24 students maximum)
Free online learning solution from J pro
Expert tutor who has 17 years experience in ACCA - currently lecturing in platinum college in JB.
Online exclusive forum for students 
Lecturer marked scripts with feedback
Flexible timetable - class starts after exam results

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Latest ACCA OBU Update

Last semester 100% of the students that did OBU under Mr.Jay passed.  20% of them got an "A" - that was even sweeter news.

The current sitting for ACCA OBU - Nov 2013 submission there is some major changes that has taken place

There is a new OBU pack that has been released for students that are submitting this time.  Biggest change is the word count

It has been revised to 7,500 words and a minimum of 7,000 words.  Obviously the current Nov 2013 is a transition period and both the packs are acceptable - so you can use 6,500 as a limit or 7,500 as a limit.  You have to state that in your project - which pack you have made reference to - OBU has decided to allow transition arrangement for this sitting.

If you are submitting this time around - read the new OBU pack, which has been added on the side bar

You will probably need to be aware the following indicative word counts have been given
Part 1 - 1,000
Part 2 - 2,000 (increase 500)
Part 3 - 4,500 (increase 500)

This could be a blessing in disguise for some of the students and could be dreaded for others.  Well - other way, it should be fine for you to organise your work according to the requirements of your project to hit those word limits.

This limit includes the graphs and charts - so it represents the total count using word from the start to the end of the RAP

Those planning to do OBU in Johor / Ipoh / Klang Valley can contact Mr.Kumar or email to book a spot.

The fee for next semester is RM2,700 which includes Mentoring + Meetings + Online closed forum access + Free Mapit Online lecture or revision course for P1 - P7 (except P6 and P5) worth RM250.

There is a free preview which includes a training session on "How to score an "A" in your OBU project" conducted on Dec 23 - Monday at J Pro Training centre 

This is a free session for students that are interested, you should book your spot (26 per session) since there is 3 session Morning 9.00 am to 10.30 am, 12.00 to 1.30pm and 3.00 to 4.30pm

Remember - this is a free preview session that teaches you what you have to do to get the "A" in your ACCA OBU project and would be ideal for those that want to understand complexities of an "A".  Those attending would also understand the difference of professional training for ACCA set up vs. College lectures set up for ACCA - feel the difference.

Mr.Jay has been mentoring since 2003 and has 150+ students that have completed their OBU successfully under his guidance.  Most of them don't just learn about completing their degree, some also got tips that lead them to pass their ACCA papers with Malaysian prizes.