Vanquish the blues with hard work and optimism
After graduation, Veronica Lee Wing-men (left) joined Ernst & Young as a staff accountant in the audit department. Through the firm's rotation programme, Lee had a chance to move to the tax department, where she excelled and was promoted to manager of tax and business advisory services. She talks to Wong Yat-hei
What's your academic background?
I have a bachelor of business and administration from the University of Hong Kong.
How do you start your day?
We have meetings and conference calls with clients every day, but these can be held any time, so I have no fixed routine. Aside from the meetings, I would always start my day checking or responding to e-mails. I also call my clients. Then, I would walk through my work list, arrange each task's priorities and allocate work to my subordinates.
What does your job entail?
Generally, my work includes reviewing my subordinates' tax compliance or advisory work, providing tax advice and preparing presentation materials for client meetings.
What are the major challenges you've encountered so far?
I was recently involved in a project mid-way, so it was difficult to catch up.
What have you learned about your career? What are your plans?
Our job is challenging, but with hard work and optimism, we can overcome.
Any advice for those who are planning to enter your industry?
To be successful, you have to be focused. Be patient when dealing with a big work load and new challenges.