What did I learn from the meetings with your project mentor,including the presentation that I gave to your project mentor?
Planning for meetings and presentation
Planning is important because it helps you to work smarter rather than harder. It keepsyou future-oriented and motivates you to achieve results you want.
(John W. English, 2006)
My first step towards execution of my Research and Analysis Project (RAP) was tounderstand the requirements, for which I thoroughly read guidelines from ACCA website. After that I requested Mr. Abdul Raffay (ACA) to spare some of his worthy timefor my mentoring. I requested him to give me half an hour for each of the threemeetings to be held at the mutually agreed place and time.
I planned before everymeeting and especially before the presentation as it enabled me to utilize the timeeffectively. The schedules of the three meetings were as follows:
First meeting at July 5, 2008
Before first meeting I spend a lot of time in short listing topics of my choice and finallyselected the
The business and financial performance of an organization over threeyears period
I was a bit confused in selection of the industry, company and thesources for gathering of accurate information. After thorough discussion with mymentor, I was able to decide that I was going to analyze the business and financial performance of Lucky Cement Limited (LCL) because it is most reputed cementmanufacturing company in the cement industry. In first meeting with my mentor I wasalso able to identify the objective and research questions of my project.
Second meeting at August 2, 2008
At this stage I had finished the assembling of information, sorted and categorized thedata in order to prepare my interim draft report. This helped me in formulating theagenda for discussion at this meeting. I also listed down all important questions that Iwanted to ask from my mentor. His sharp-eye pointed out my weakness and mistakesfor which he recommended improvements. Many questions which pinched me during preparation of project were briefly answered by my mentor after that I was able tocomplete my final draft report for next meeting.