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Real Business : Issue 2 2009
are regularly updated and useful for my work,” he explains. Khanh is proud to be a member of one of the world’s largest and most widely recognised professional accounting bodies. “When people recognise your degree, they also appreciate your knowledge. And people appreciated by others often have more chances to be successful or promoted in their career paths,” he says. Studying CPA Program also gives Khanh the opportunity to look at accounting from a higher level. He fi nds strategic thinking one of the most interesting aspects of CPA Program – looking at how to apply theories to fi nd a solution and how to analyse how that works. “I have the chance to approach the most advanced knowledge of accounting, auditing and business administration from the root – why they exist, where they result from and why people do that.” At some stage, Khanh plans to work outside of Vietnam. “It will be a great chance for me to learn and work in a more professional environment, to meet diff erent people of various cultures and to learn how people in a more developed country think and do things.” Meanwhile, he is enjoying “hard working in working time, hard studying in studying time and really relaxing in free time.” Khanh says, “I really love listening to half-classical and new age music, especially of Paul Mauriat, Yanni and Hilary Stagg.” QUICK QUESTIONS WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN FIVE YEARS? Firstly, I will be an offi cial CPA Australia member, of course. And secondly, I will try my efforts to be one of the youngest top tax advisers in Vietnam or a CFO in a big company. WHAT DOES SUCCESS MEAN TO YOU? Everyone likes success. People will call me a successful man if I have either a very big success or many small successes in my life. I, myself, prefer the latter. WHAT ADVICE DO YOU WISH SOMEONE HAD GIVEN YOU WHEN YOU WERE YOUNGER? Please think carefully before taking actions. But, once you act, never feel regret. You will never know which choice is better. Th u has also been working to complete CPA Program, which she started in January 2007. “I have learnt how to manage my time and pressure to complete the assignments on time,” she says. “A nice thing about KPMG is everybody here is young, proactive, playful and very co-operative. Senior staff are very supportive of junior staff and peers are friendly to each other. It is the company’s friendly and supportive working environment that helps me reduce the pressure.” To be able to work and study at the same time, Th u has had to make sacrifi ces along the way. “I often travel in my spare time. Th ough during the CPA Program exam season, I skip all travelling opportunities and company trips,” she says. “Th is is a considerable sacrifi ce but I am happy as studying is also an important and urgent task.” Th u is looking forward to gaining experience in an international working environment when she works on secondment in New York city for 18 months at KPMG US. “I enjoy my job, studying CPA Program and my personal life,” Th u says. But to enjoy all aspects of her life, she must balance her time eff ectively. “I always put priority on things that are urgent and important. So it is a matter of allocating my time during the day.” By attending CPA Australia seminars and discussion groups, Th u has the opportunity to network with other members. “Being a CPA Australia Associate member truly helps me network with other professionals in the same industry. In Vietnam, most other members are senior executives in big, multinational companies, so I have the opportunity to learn and ask for work and career advice from them,” she says. QUICK QUESTIONS WHAT DOES SUCCESS MEAN TO YOU? I measure success by my happiness. And I am happy when I complete all my planned, urgent and important tasks on time and effectively. I tend to set myself challenging tasks while balancing work, study and life pleasure. WHAT ADVICE DO YOU WISH SOMEONE HAD GIVEN YOU WHEN YOU WERE YOUNGER? I wish that somebody had advised me to travel abroad more when I was younger. The more travelling I do, the more challenging I set my goals. Goals are more easily achieved when they have been set clearly. QUICK QUESTIONS “I love my job because I like challenges, exposing myself to diff erent entities as well as new knowledge and the most important thing is learning to make the right decisions for eff ective auditing.” Th rough studying CPA Program, Chuyen says she has further developed her understanding of fi nancial reporting and disclosure, which helps her to perform well in her current role as an auditor and to apply her knowledge in a professional working environment. cpacareers.com.au “Being a CPA Australia member has helped to expand my network as well as update me on the latest technical issues in accounting and fi nance,” she explains. Chuyen tries to balance her career ambitions, with study and personal interests by organising outings for the assurance department. She is also a member of the Ernst & Young swimming team. Outside of work, she enjoys going out with friends and spending time reading about interior design. WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN FIVE YEARS? Well, it’s hard to tell. Some of my colleagues became managers in assurance service after fi ve years, some took longer. Hopefully I can make it within fi ve years! WHAT DOES SUCCESS MEAN TO YOU? Success means a healthy, balanced life to enjoy, love and to achieve the best for your career. WHAT ADVICE DO YOU WISH SOMEONE HAD GIVEN YOU WHEN YOU WERE YOUNGER? Read books rather than watch television. 25 23-25_VietnamV6_RB907.indd 25 23-25_VietnamV6_RB907.indd 25 9/07/2009 5:38:33 PM 9/07/2009 5:38:33 PM OK WITH CORRECTIONS DESIGN EDITORIAL PUBLISHER CLIENT By signing your initials in the space provided you are either approving this layout or authorising the listed changes. CORRECTIONS TO MAKE DATE OK DESIGN EDITORIAL PUBLISHER CLIENT ADVERTISING
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