Leap of Faith

RECAÑA, EIRVIN KINGBefore I started my journey on becoming a CMA I was a bit lost. I graduated with a course in BSBA Major in Management Accounting, but I felt that I lacked the competency to start working and apply what I have learned in college.

Right after graduation, I thought about applying for a job and so I prepared a resume. I compared it with my colleagues’. At that moment, I felt I needed something more if I wanted to be more competitive; something that would give me an edge, and rise up from the competition. And when I knew that I was qualified to take the CMA examinations, I heavily considered it.

After browsing through the internet, I learned that the CMA credential is the edge I was looking for. The CMA Program demonstrates mastery of the critical accounting and financial management skills needed on the job today. Now that’s what I’ve always wanted. Help the company make better plans and better decisions.

“Am I capable enough to do this?” I asked myself. Doubt started to kick in. But at that moment, I decided to take a leap. I told myself that I can do this. And with the help of Insights Financial Review Services, the support of my family and colleagues, I made it. I passed the CMA examinations.

It was not an easy journey; it forced me to change my old habits, set my priorities straight, and sacrifice short term happiness. But after knowing the results I knew that it was all worth it. I realized that I may not be the best of students during college, but with the right tools and the right mindset, even students like me can turn around and change for the better.

Eirvin King Recaña_USTAs early as now I can see the fruit of this hard work. I have been appointed as the Vice President for Student Affairs of the IMA Philippines local Chapter. I have been meeting new friends during our school tours at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, University of San Carlos in Cebu City and, most recently, at the Ateneo de Zamboanga University, South of the Mindanao archipelago. It’s all FUN, FUN, FUN, as we conducted CMA orientation to bring awareness to schools and students all across the country about the value of an internationally recognized accounting credential.

I am just so glad to have embarked on this CMA journey. I am glad I chose to believe in myself. A lot of people have gone further than they thought they could because SOMEONE ELSE thought they could. I am so blessed to have been one of them.

I take this opportunity to thank everyone who had been with me as I played this chapter of my life. I want to thank Insights Financial Review Services for making sure that I was equipped to pass before taking the exams; for believing that I CAN; and to my colleagues, friends and loved ones, for the endless support.

Above all unto God, the giver of all hope, and the one true God who makes everything perfect in His time.

Eirvin King Recaña at HyattLife as they say may be a step by step process, but every once in a while, we must be willing to take a leap, jump into unknown territories, if we wanted to grow as a person.


The author, Eirvin King Recaña, is a 2014 Management Accounting graduate at De La Salle University-Dasmariñas, and scored 430/500 in both Parts 1 and 2 in the June and October, 2014 CMA examinations.

He is now a 5th year BSA student at La Consolacion College, intending to take the CPA board examination in 2016.


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