By Daphne Ng Yun Ying, DAC/FT/2B/09
80 students from the Diploma in Accountancy(DAC), Diploma in Business Administration(DBA) and Diploma in Financial Informatics(DFI) courses visited Deloitte, one of the “Big 4” accounting firms, on 11th November 2016. Organised by the DAC, this event is catered for Accounting students who are keen to know more about the audit industry and the career opportunities that Deloitte offers.
To kick start the programme, the students were privileged to have Mr. Yang Chi Chih, Audit Talent Partner of Deloitte Singapore, to share his life journey as an auditor. His journey in audit started off with a four week internship at Deloitte back then in 1997 and he officially joined the firm in 1998. He was promoted to an Audit Manager in 2004 and was admitted to the partnership in 2011.
In his sharing, Mr. Yang highlighted that there are a variety of opportunities which promote international exposure and experience of the firm’s professionals. As Deloitte recognises the growing interest in employees to develop global skills and enhance global knowledge, the professionals are offered either short-term or long-term international transfer opportunities. Mr. Yang was part of the transfer and he has spent 18 months in the United States. Also, he shared about his interesting encounters during on-site audit inspections. One instance was during his audit of the oil and gas industry, where he was transported to an oil rig by an offshore helicopter and how he was required to examine the existence of oil.
Moving on, Ms. Jasmine Tan, Audit Talent Manager of Deloitte Singapore introduced the Audit Junior Associate Program which is a comprehensive learning and development program tailored for Polytechnic Diploma graduates. The graduates will go through on-the-job training by experienced audit professionals and involve in deliberate management of engagements to ensure balance in time management and engagement exposure. Enrolled graduates will be awarded a full sponsorship to study for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) qualifications to become an ACA. Mr Yang explained that with the ACA, our graduates can go to ISCA to apply to become a Chartered Accountant of Singapore under the Singapore Accountancy Commission (SAC).
She also outlined the differences between the Audit Junior Associate Program and the new Singapore Accountancy Commission - Ngee Ann Polytechnic (SAC-NP) Advanced Diploma in Accountancy whereby graduates from the Advanced Diploma will be able to embark on the Singapore Qualification Programme upon completion to attain the CA of Singapore designation.
In conclusion, the short evening spent at Deloitte was simply insightful and fulfilling as not only I was introduced to more pathways available after graduation, I was also able to network with the Deloitte professionals where I learned more about the Audit world and to create meaningful conversations. Therefore, I strongly encourage students to be part of this visit if you’re passionate about the Audit industry and want to be mesmerized by the majestic view of Deloitte’s office!
Mr. Yang Chi Chih’s sharing on his life as an auditor.
Ms. Jasmine Tan was equipping students with information about the professional qualifications they can pursue.
Students were listening attentively during the sharing.
Finally, a group picture after the wonderful session!