After more than 20 years of working as an accountant in the banking sector, Paul Tsang, deputy head of the finance department at Shanghai Pudong Development Bank, says his work remains diverse and exhilarating. "With constant rule and regulation changes, the industry is always evolving," Tsang says. These evolutions are often in response to serious financial catastrophes, several of which Tsai has witnessed in his career, including the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis, the dotcom bubble, severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and the most recent global financial crisis. Were it not for a summer accountancy course recommended to him by a friend, Tsang may never have joined the profession. "I often say the accountancy profession chose me, rather than the other way around," Tsang says. "I completed the summer course and enjoyed it." Accountants working for banks are often involved in analysing business operations, trends, costs, revenues and financial commitments. They also prepare, examine, and analyse accounting records, financial statements and other financial reports to assess accuracy and conformance to reporting and procedural standards. Tsang began his career two decades ago at Hong Kong-based French Bank. He says his HKICPA training provided him with a solid foundation to work his way up in the industry. "My CPA has given me a solid career and equipped me with the skills I need for making daily decisions and providing advice," he says. He adds that technology has had a huge impact on the speed and the way accountants prepare and deliver advice, and that anyone interested in joining the banking sector as an accountant needs to be dedicated, enthusiastic and future-orientated.