Shadowing, practising make perfect for Deloitte intern

PUBLISHED : Friday, 09 September, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 09 September, 2011, 12:00am

Hoping to nurture young talent, Deloitte has been inviting year one undergraduate accounting students to join the Deloitte Club. Fonnie Tang Fong-yuen (left) was one of the 30 successful recent applicants. She talks to Wong Yat-hei about how she was awarded an internship at Deloitte's auditing sector for the global financial services industry (GFSI) division

What is your academic background?

I am studying a BBA (Hons) degree in accountancy and law at City University.

How do you start your day?

During the first week of my internship, I attended a one-week training course to learn about accounting techniques. I also had lectures on ethical issues in accounting. After training, I was assigned to assist some of Deloitte's permanent staff.

What does your job entail?

I work at the GFSI division of the auditing sector, which is responsible for financial institution clients. I follow the company's staff on visits to clients' offices, prepare trial balances, financial statements, and so on. I also assist with administrative work.

What are the major challenges you have encountered so far?

Assisting colleagues in the preparation of accounting documents can be complicated.

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

Unlike most white-collar employees, an auditor does not stay in one place at all times. Also, you need to have good interpersonal skills to get on well with clients.

Any advice for potential interns?

Recognise your weaknesses and capitalise on your talents. The key to success is to have a sincere heart and a desire to learn.