Andrew Camilleri Kamsky and Matteo Rubei both work as senior associates with Ernst and Young (EY) Malta. They form part of the Accounts and Corporate Reporting department and previously worked in the Transactions Advisory Services department. Andrew Camilleri holds a degree in Economics from the University of Malta and Matteo Rubei holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Insurance and Management from the University of Malta. They are both fully ACCA qualified.

Matteo Rubei

Matteo Rubei

Why did you opt for the accountancy profession?

In secondary school I chose accounts and immediately took a liking to it, which resulted in me opting to continue studying it at ‘A’ level. Knowing I would study ACCA at a later stage, I chose to pursue a Bachelor of Commerce in Insurance and Management to keep my options open.

Why did you opt for ACCA?

I wanted to start reading for a qualification which allowed me to work and study at the same time but also gave me enough flexibility to be able to choose which exams to sit for and when to sit for them.

ACCA proved to be the perfect fit. Being a globally recognised qualification, it provided me with the opportunity to travel, plan out my studies and sit for exams according to my needs. Another decisive factor, when choosing ACCA, was the ease of accessibility to a vast number of online resources.

Tell us more about your learning experience

I attended lectures and revision courses at AIM academy. In my experience juggling between work, lectures and training was definitely the most challenging part as it required a lot of planning and time management. I always found that studying with friends, in groups or even over the phone, helped me remain more focused and ultimately get more work done.

Completing ACCA was…

…a tough but equally rewarding experience.

However waiting for results was always stressful since you never knew exactly what time your results would arrive and every minute felt like an hour, especially when your friends and colleagues would receive them before you.

Receiving the final email confirming I had finished my exams filled me with a sense of pride and accomplishment as all the hard work I had put in throughout the years had finally paid off.

ACCA and your working career

I completed my ACCA while working full time at EY. One thing I particularly liked about the exams was that in order to do well you would need to be able to apply the knowledge gathered from your textbooks and lectures to the different scenarios and case studies in exam questions. Having come across similar scenarios in my day-to-day work definitely helped make this task easier. In turn, the knowledge gathered while I was studying for my ACCA was extremely helpful at the workplace.

What advice do you have for our readers?

When it comes to exams, if you’re trying to balance work and studies, it’s very important to study smart. Most of the focus should be on question practice and exam technique in order to give yourself the best possible chance to be prepared on the day of the exam.

Andrew Camilleri Kamsky

Andrew Camilleri Kamsky

Why did you opt for the accountancy profession?

I had initially chosen economics at university together with marketing. However, during my third year of studies, I realised that neither would provide me with as many work opportunities as I wanted, and so that same year I started ACCA, knowing full well that Accountancy coupled with an honours degree in Economics would open up a new range of possibilities.

Why did you opt for ACCA?

A friend of mine had started ACCA just a few months before and informed me that the course allowed flexible hours and that no previous knowledge in accounting was required. It seemed like the best value for time course I could find so I decided to pursue it.

I also planned a gap year in Australia as a reward for finishing university. I chose ACCA as it allowed me to go on holiday without any guilt and get back on track once I was settled again in Malta, a year and a half later. Once I was back in Malta I felt re-energised and motivated to finish as quickly as possible so that I could begin focusing on my career.

Tell us more about your learning experience

Studying ACCA was at times mentally and emotionally draining as most exams required a lot of attention. This meant I had to make many sacrifices on weekends and throughout the duration of the course. The hardest lectures were definitely the eight-hour ones on a Saturday morning.

Completing ACCA was…

…incredibly satisfying. I felt a great sense of accomplishment after working hard all those years. Waking up to my final two passes (P6 and P7) was a surreal moment for me. After finally completing my Hons degree in Economics and becoming an ACCA affiliate, I can rest easy knowing that from an academic standpoint I have attained exactly that which I had set out for myself.

ACCA and your working career

Working at EY allowed me to use the practical knowledge I picked up at work and apply it in examination questions where necessary. I found this to be especially helpful once attempting the professional papers, as I had opted not to attend lectures for P1, P3 and P7 in order to make myself available for cross border engagements with EY.

Overall, ACCA goes hand-in-hand with my working career and will continue to serve as a basis for my decision making throughout my career. The fact that it is universally recognized is a major plus, in my opinion. Should I ever wish to further my career abroad, I can rest assured knowing that my qualification should be accepted and looked upon favourably, allowing me to branch out and gain further experience overseas.
What advice do you have for our readers?
Study smart: Always focus on the last ten past papers as they provide a insight into what is most likely to feature in the exam. Obviously, this does not mean you can neglect other areas of the syllabus as anything may be examined. Another area of focus I would say is ensuring that any ethical questions asked are answered with confidence as most of the time, if answered well, they could score you those crucial marks that will push you over the pass mark.
I always found that these techniques helped me and gave me the confidence needed to pass.

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