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Real Business : 2013 Issue 1
Alison Yam ASA Senior associate, Deloitte & Touche Financial Advisory Services, Hong Kong aS a BachElor of Commerce graduate from the university of adelaide with a couple of years’ experience working for restructuring services at Deloitte & touche Financial advisory services, alison Yam believes chances are for those who are well prepared. “attending the expo presents a good opportunity for students to talk to prominent business leaders,” Yam says. she has attended every CPa australia Career expo since she graduated in 2010. ”especially for first-timers, the expo is a great place to ask questions and discover different firms and industries to determine a suitable career path,” says Yam, who is a member of the CPa australia Young achievers Group and Corporate sector Committee, and will sit her final CPa Program exam in May. “the expo is the perfect place to ask people in the industry how you can be successful,” she says. the expo also allows visitors to engage with employees of exhibiting companies, Yam says, and get advice from leading industry figures from some of the largest and most renowned accounting firms in Hong Kong, many of whom are senior members of CPa australia. On a personal level, Yam says she takes pride in helping those who are in need, and would love to pursue a life that makes a difference to the community. ahead of the pack 9 “standing up in front of the large expo audience and sharing my dream to combine CPA Australia skills with travel was very empowering,” Lillian Li Oi Ying says. Li also found listening to CPA Australia CEO Alex Malley’s presentation inspiring. “Alex spoke about having an airplane-type black box to store your strengths and inspirations, I will use this concept for my own aspirations,” she says. One of her main aims, Li adds, is to complete her accounting studies and CPA qualifications and combine her knowledge and skills with travel. Nelson Hon CPA Assistant manager, China corporate tax, KPMG Hong Kong Cpa australia Young Achievers Group member Nelson Hon says the expo is the place for student visitors and jobseekers to gain a better understanding of the Chinese market. “Increasing cross-border activities between China and Hong Kong create a lot of diverse opportunities for accountants, but they need to understand the business and cultural environment,” Hon says. “ With the Big Four and other firms represented at the expo, students have a chance to find out what opportunities are out there in the market. “Expo visitors might only talk to hiring firms for a few minutes, but they do have the chance to make an impression.” Hon attended his first expo as a jobseeker in 2009. “The expo provides a fantastic opportunity to ask about different departments and functions, the roles of the people you talk to and the company in general.” > You can find out a lot about accounting firms online, but there is nothing like learning about the profession by actually talking to someone.” Lillian Li Oi Ying Accounting student, Hong Kong Baptist University You can find out a lot about accounting firms online, but there is nothing like learning about the profession by actually talking to someone.” geoffrey lee aSa, senior auditor, Deloitte touche tohmatsu
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