It pays to think of yourself as a detective

PUBLISHED : Friday, 15 July, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 15 July, 2011, 12:00am


Andrew Wong On-yu literally had to fight for his internship at PricewaterhouseCoopers: He got the job after winning first runner-up in the Hong Kong competition and the China grand final of the ACCA Job Hunting Competition in 2009. He talks to Wong Yat-hei

What is your academic background?

I am studying for BBA (Law) and LLB at the University of Hong Kong.

How do you start your day?

I read the news in the morning. The business world is dynamic and every piece of news may have a huge impact on financial institutions.

What does your job entail?

Apart from doing the computation of tax returns and drafting letters to clients, I am also involved in tax investigation cases and responsible for some data analysis.

What has been your major challenge?

It is bridging the knowledge learned from the university and in the real business world. Working in real life requires more than good grades. The ability to work under pressure and communicate effectively with colleagues and clients are essential.

What have you learned about your chosen career? What are your plans?

Attention to detail is crucial. A good accounting professional is like a detective in the sense that he has to work with a vast amount of information and get only the precise data. I would like to get more experience in different industries so that I can look at the business world from different perspectives.

Any advice for potential interns?

It is difficult to know how things will work out without actually experiencing it. Do an internship and observe how experienced colleagues handle their responsibilities.