One thing that I find most amusing is the lack of awareness among the general public about the course of CA. I have lost count of the number of times I have been asked irritating questions regarding the course.
I wonder if its the same across the country, or just in my state (Kerala) where the life objective of parents is to suffocate their children with Engineering and Medicine career dreams. So much so that other careers are totally alien to most folks! No exaggeration. Maybe now, with all the new revamped names and new course patterns, CA is also becoming popular with the people here. Anything with Entrance, they’re on, – “CPT? CA Entrance? Cool..Send my child in” Though its too late before the parents and the poor children realise the depth of the course.
Equally weird is when a CA student is asked about which year of studies he/she is in, or how many years more will it take to complete the course. I know many course-mates who take trouble to avoid old acquaintences so as to save self from all the crap!
A typical conversation could go like this: ( The parts inside < > are my thoughts)
Friend: Hey! Long time, I’m doing Mech Engg with XYZ Colg! What you upto?
Me: Cool. I’m onto CA.
Friend: Oh great. Which college?
Me: Hmm, there is no college. We study by ourselves.
Friend: Oh, thats bad. No college life, that would be real sad.
Me: <Yea, as if I dint know>
Friend: So what do you do whole day if you don’t have college?
Me: I work in a CA firm. Its called articleship.
Friend: Oh work?! So soon? So you mean you’ll be earning too? Thats great man.
Me: Yea thats the good part. <Yawn>
Friend: So how much do you earn?
Me: You know its not nice asking a man his salary.
Friend: Oh God! Salary! Already a big-shot eh! So what kinda work do you do?
Me: Its complicated pal, chuck it. <Thank God he didn’t press on the salary part>
…And so on…
Dummies guide to CA is one awesome article regarding the same issues. (Do check out the FAAQ in the last section of the above article) Also, here is a humorous take on the same. If you came to this page looking for serious info on the course, accept my apologies and please visit the ICAI.