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Real Business : 2013 Issue 1
Simon Ho ASA Vice president sales and marketing (Asia), The Financial Express MC at the CPA Australia Careers Expo, Simon Ho believes there is nothing more rewarding than meeting potential employers and obtaining an insight into the industry. “Students have the opportunity to ask questions and share their views, as witnessed during one of the open forums at the expo,” says Ho, who worked in the accounting and finance industry for almost 13 years. “It was my chance to give back to an industry and the association [CPA Australia] which have given me a great foundation to my career,” Ho says. “Although no longer in accounting, the training has deepened my knowledge of the commercial world and provided the relevant exposure to become a leader in finance.” Another interesting aspect of the expo, according to Ho, was the different presentations provided by firms on a wide range of topics. 10 Real Business ISSUE 1, 2013 Ivy Ho Graduate, University of Melbourne “OnE thIng i found useful was finding out how internships vary from firm to firm. it encourages you to look at your options and decide what you want to gain from the experience. Talking to people who have a few years work experience and finding out what they have learned was also helpful.” Business is definitely conducted differently in Asia and the expo is the place to ask questions and discover the differences.” Baldwin Wai ASA, economist, arup Sharleen Yam ASA Graduate, University of Adelaide “thErE IS the impression the Big Four firms are fairly similar, but when i talked to the representatives i learnt the cultures are quite different. For example, some have stronger client relationships with the banking and finance sector, retail, property and luxury brands. learning about these client associations can help you make a more positive career choice.” Johnny Li Accounting and finance student, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology “talking to people and finding out about their different responsibilities was useful,” Li says. “Attending the Expo is a fast way to learn a lot about the business, and there is a lot to learn,” adds Li, who would like to keep his options open before targeting a firm to work for. Like other Expo attendees, he is interested in the way companies treat employees during the good times and the bad. Li is a CPA Australia Student Ambassador who enjoys taking part in CPA activities. “My questions might have been a bit different to the regular ones, but I did receive some positive answers,” he says. WEBlInk to find out about upcoming CPA Australia events, see the calendar at cpaaustralia.com.au/realbusiness
Issue 3 2012