Career Talk by Ernst & Young
On 12th January 2011, Ernst & Young Singapore (EY), one of the "Big Four" accounting firms conducted a career talk to Singapore Polytechnic Diploma in Accountancy 3rd Year Students.
The talk began with Ms Lee Soo Fern (Partner) introducing EY and the career opportunities available in the advisory, assurance, transactions and tax departments. Typically, as explained by Ms Lee, polytechnic graduates will begin their career as Audit Assistants in the audit department doing assignments under the Small Medium Enterprise (SME) Group. While working, they will be strongly encouraged to undertake the EY sponsored Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) course. This is in line with EY’s passion to help people achieve their potential. In about 3 years, they can complete the course and be recognized as a qualified Accountant and choose to remain in the SME Group or switch to audit other types of companies.
To help students gained insight of what to expect working at EY, two Singapore Polytechnic alumni, namely Lim Yu Lin and Cecilia shared their work experiences at EY. They enjoyed their work as they had many opportunities to connect and communicate openly with their colleagues. They were also granted flexibility in terms of managing themselves and making decisions about their careers. Their sharing shows that a strong and open culture exists within EY.
After the talk, afternoon tea was provided so that over food, students could mingle with the twenty plus EY staff to chat about anything from life as an Accountant, dealing with changes in the Accounting Standards to tips on how to further one’s career.
All in all, students benefited from the talk and allowed them to gain more insight about the career opportunities that awaits them in EY and compare them with opportunities at other Big Four accounting firms like Price Waterhouse Coopers and KPMG which had also given talks in the past few months. Big Four accounting firms, watch out for Singapore Polytechnic graduates!!!
Written by George Go and edited by Ronnie Hoh