Sherianne Llewelyn grew up in the inner-city community of Bay Farm Villa in Kingston 11 in a single parent home. Despite that, it is her belief that everything in life is achievable with hard work, focus and determination. Sherianne attended the Holy Childhood High School (HCHS) to the Fifth form level. At Holy Childhood, she was always commended on her discipline, academic achievement and focus on her educational goals. During all five years of high school, Sherianne’s ambition was always to become a journalist, specifically a war correspondent.
However, her dream changed after leaving high school as her focus was turned to the accounting and finance field. Based on this, she completed a one year Diploma course at the University College of the Caribbean in Accounting and Financial Management. During the period of August 2004 to August 2009, Sherianne attended the University of Technology, Jamaica where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration Degree (Hons.), majoring in Accounting and minoring in Banking and Financial Services.
Sherianne has been employed to CIBC First Caribbean International Bank for the last fourteen and half years. She started with CIBC First Caribbean as a Heart Trainee in September 2002 after attending the Holy Childhood High School. During the years at First Caribbean, Sherianne has held several positions as Customer Service Officer, Retail Sales Support Officer, Mortgage Administrator and, currently Senior Treasury Specialist in the Regional Treasury Operations Department. As such, she gained a wealth of knowledge in respect to the banking industry. During her tenure at CIBC First Caribbean, Sherianne has received numerous forms of recognition for being a team player, hard worker, and for customer service and risk mitigation.
It was always Sherianne’s intention to attempt the ACCA papers after completion of her first degree programme at UTech. Therefore, in 2014, she took up the mantle and after much research made the decision to enroll with the Global Accountancy Institute to complete her professional accountancy studies.
There were stumbles in her first attempts at the exams, which was a totally new feeling to her in all her years of studying. However, after much in-depth thought and review; Sherianne dusted herself off and restarted with the aim of never looking back or failing again.
Sherianne successfully completed her final ACCA professional examination, obtaining the highest mark in Paper F8 (Audit and Assurance) in Jamaica in the December 2015 sitting. She also placed first in the island in Paper P1 (Governance, Risk and Ethics) in the June 2016 sitting of the ACCA examinations. She describes the journey of completing her ACCA’s exam as a rough, tiring, disciplined and focused one but where in the end, the hard work, determination and dedication paid off. “There will always be naysayers but you should know when to shut them out and press on”, she said.
Sherianne thanks her mother, family members, friends and co-workers who always encouraged her in her educational journey. She also thanks lecturer at the Global Accountancy Institute, Dr. Glen Brown, for his support. “My recommendation to current students is never give up on your goals. Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it. If you quit once it becomes a habit. Never quit!” she advised.