SP Accountancy Career Fair 2017
On the 20 July 2017, SP Accountancy held our SP Accountancy Career Fair 2017 outside MLT12. We had 10 industry partners, namely Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA), Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Australia, local polytechnics and universities (Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Singapore Management University), “Big Four” firms (Ernst & Young) and other smaller accounting firms such as AccountStaff who came down for the SP Accountancy Career Fair 2017. There was an Industry Talk for all accounting students by Ernst & Young (EY), Singapore Management University (SMU) and our very own DAC lecturer, Mr Daryl Aw. Around 200 DAC students from all 3 years of study attended the industry talk and career fair.
Mr Daryl Aw began the industry talk by sharing the various pathways for SP Accountancy students. He presented a very simple and meaningful flowchart depicting the multiple pathways for SP Accountancy graduates who wish to continue pursuing accounting, ranging from local universities to well-renowned accounting qualifications. There were so many choices offered to us that it was challenging to take everything in!
Associate Prof Gary Pan - Associate Dean (UG Admissions & Student Development) of SMU then took over to share with us the numerous benefits SMU Bachelor of Accountancy (BAcc) has to offer. He mentioned that SMU aims to develop students who are not only technically sound but are also “street smart” and able to adapt to changes. He stressed that academic results do not determine everything. SMU’s BAcc course is structured as a 4 years course though it is possible to complete the course in 3 years. This is because SMU believes in the importance of internships, student exchanges and other learning experiences which will greatly enhance a SMU student’s experience in the course. Something that caught my eye was that SMU students have to complete 80 hours of community service work throughout their time in the course. This is to inculcate in students a heart to contribute to society.
Associate Prof Gary Pan - Associate Dean (UG Admissions & Student Development) of SMU
Ms Lee Lai Hiang, a partner from the multinational professional services firm Ernst & Young (EY), carried on the industry talk by sharing with us her personal experiences working in EY for 22 years. She then presented a very informative and engaging video explaining what EY is all about. Ms Lee then went on the share with us the various service lines of EY which include Assurance, Advisory, Tax and Transaction Advisory Service. One of the services which stood out to me the most was the Fraud Investigation & Disputes Services. She shared the importance of these services in the modern day and her own experience carrying out the service as well.
Our alumni also came back to contribute to the school. Ms Ivy Lu, Senior Auditor of EY and fellow alumnae of DAC, shared with us on EY and you (EYU), which is their career development framework. It is designed to provide employees with the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to take ownership of their career. Mr James Lim, Audit Executive of EY and an SP Business School alumnus, shared with us on EY’s Professional Qualifications Programme (PQP) which is targeted at diploma graduates to equip them with the requisite skills and knowledge to help them progress in their career and to become a qualified accountant.
The industry talk was concluded with a Kahoot quiz conducted by Mr Daryl Aw and attractive prizes were given out.
To conclude, I am truly grateful to have been given this opportunity to interact with the members from the various professional accounting bodies through the career fair. In addition, the industry talk has widened my knowledge of the numerous pathways for me when I graduate from SP. All in all, I would recommend this event to any DAC student who has yet to attend it, and even for those who need a recap on what the future has to offer for them.
Written by : Mr Toh Kai Wang Justin, DAC/FT/2A/05, Year 2017/18