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Jeffrey Lau(劉怡銘),ACCA,助理會計師,OVE Arup and Partners HK,畢業於中文大學(酒店及旅遊業)

你是否早在畢業或入行前已計劃進入大公司做Accounting?

我很清楚自己的強項和興趣都在商界,但決定成為專業會計師,是由職業生涯所驅使的。當時我有機會在沒有會計學學位的情況下到一家公司的財務部工作,我想都沒想便答應了。後來也是職業生涯驅使我修讀專業資格和成為研究生,我很慶幸自己做了這些決定。

有沒有後悔入錯行? 或許應該這樣說:如果可以再選擇的話你會否選擇這條路?

我曾讀過一篇文章,當中指出要在職業生涯中成功,須在特定領域中擁有四樣要素: 1)知道自己在該領域有優勢。 2)如果該領域所要求的特質是自己的弱點,就應要避免,無法避免的話,就要盡力改進。 3)知道自己與眾不同,在工作上能有所作為。4)有在該領域工作的熱情。平衡這四樣要素,我相信我在這一行定必成功。

究竟你的工作有甚麼魔力?令你繼續在這在外人眼中不見天日的行業打拼?

我現時是環球工程顧問公司Arup助理會計師,負責監督一些在印度、柬埔寨、泰國和菲律賓等東南亞的公司的會計營運工作。學習機會是讓我工作的原動力。現今專業會計的角色已和以往大為不同,要在這領域成功,需要成為更多元化的通才,具有商業意識也非常重要。

舉例說,我正協助公司在東南亞其中一個國家設立子公司,除了專業會計一般要處理的金融和商業營運事務外,我還要處理公司的登記和企業管理監事Corporate Governance)問題,也需要與當地不同人士協調。這些工作令我真正了解到如何開展和運行業務的全貌。

Typical 的工作天

與這一行的常規相比,我相信自己的工時很合理:辦公時間由早上8:30至12:30、下午1:30至5:30,而我通常可在7點下班,但偶爾也會晚1至2個小時。

你滿意現時的待遇嗎?還是總覺別人比自己的待遇好?

我很滿意。其實除了金錢,工作上也有很多不可量化、以金錢衡量的益處。事業才起步不久,所以我視工作的每分每秒為學習和投資,以備日後所需,未來對我來說相當重要。

你最討厭做的工序。同樣, 你最喜歡做的 (或至少, 最不令你反感的)
沒人喜歡做如Data Entry的工作,但這卻是職業生涯的基石之一。如果你夠細心的話,就可找出一些營運上的不足之處,也會明白要如何改善。提出改進前,你需要知道營運目標,再令建議符合財政部門的策略目標,甚至是公司的業務策略。這是你理解公司為何以這種方式運行的機會,亦能夠從財務和業務的角度更深入了解公司。

我最享受解決挑戰性大的問題,特別是需要內部(英國總部的工作人員及在東南亞辦事處的本地會計師)和外部(如銀行,核數師及政府)雙方合作與協調才能得出解決方法的時候。

你的嗜好

絕對是看足球比賽,以及到羽毛球場做運動。

在休息日, 我會:

與家人朋友暢遊郊外。

和同事之間最喜歡討論 / 分享的話題

我非常重視常識,與同事們無所不談,話題廣泛。

你未來五年的大計

亞洲國家是21世紀的新興市場,全球經濟也主要由中國和印度等亞洲國家推動。我想好好裝備自己,出國工作,迎接不同挑戰,同時擴闊自己視野。任職於跨國公司,在未來幾年,我希望在公司找到往海外工作的機會。

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原文:

Background

Although my degree is not in accounting discipline (Note: BBA major in Hotel and Tourism), I am a graduate under business faculty which helps a lot when I started my career in accountancy industry. My current position is assistant accountant in a global engineering consultancy company, over-seeing different offices and accounting operations in various Southeast Asia companies including India, Cambodia, Thailand and the Philippines.

Was it your plan to join the corporate sector? Why? Or did you have a clear
career map before graduating/ joining the industry?

I knew that my strength and interest lies in business sector but to be a professional in accountancy, that is a career-driven decision. I had a chance to work in a finance department in a corporate without a degree in accounting discipline. It is a no-brainer and I embraced my chance immediately. My subsequent decision on professional qualification and postgraduate study was also career-driven and I am really glad that I had made those decisions.

Have you ever regretted to join the industry? Or put it this way, will you choose
another path if you have a second chance to choose?

I had read something in an essay in the past, suggesting that, to be successful in a career, you need to have four elements in that particular field. 1.) You know that you strength lies there. (强项) 2.) You should avoid working in the field if it requires a particular attribute that you are really weak in. If it is unavoidable, work hard to improve it. (弱点)3.) You know you can make a difference in the jobs and you are different from others. (与众不同)4.) You have the passion working in the field. (热情) Balancing those 4 elements, I believe I will be a success in this industry.

And so, what is that magic that keeps you working in this ‘crazy’ and seemingly
boring industry?

The magic that keeps me working is the opportunity to learn.

Nowadays, modern accounting professionals have very different roles compared to the past. They need to be more diversified, generic and business sense is very crucial in order to succeed in the field.

For example, I am helping out my company to establish a subsidiary in one of the Southeast Asia countries. Other than the financial and commercial operation which normally an accounting professional does, I need to take care of the company registration, corporate governance issue and coordination with country leader. You can really learn that how a business starts and operates in a full picture.

Your “typical” work day.

I believe my working hours are reasonable compared to the norm in this industry. My official office hour is 0830-1230 & 1330-1730. Usually, I can get off from work at 1900 but occasionally, it will be one or two hours later.

Do you think the job pays better where you are at now, or the other side of the
fence is richer?

I am satisfied for the remuneration. However, other than money, there are always non-monetary benefits that are non-quantifiable. In this early stage of my career, I see that every minute in doing the job, I am learning and investing for future use and that is what matters to me.

Which part/ area of your job you hate the most? (say, data entry) and same,
which part you enjoy the most (or at least dontt hate)?

No one like data entry but it is one of the building blocks in your career. If you are detail enough, you can figure out some deficiencies in the operation and you know the way to improve. However, when you propose the enhancement, you need to know the objective of the operation and align it with the tactical and strategic objective of the finance department or even the firm’s business strategies. This gives you a chance to know why the company are running in this way and you can know better about the company financially and in business perspective as well.

I enjoy most when a big challenging issue was solved, especially when the solution was come up after the collaboration and coordination with different parties internally (Staff from headquarter in UK and local accountants in Southeast Asia offices) and externally (Such as banker, auditor and government).

Your hobbies

Definitely watching football match. Do some workouts in badminton court.

On a day off, I will:
Go to countryside and enjoy a day off with families and friends.

Favourite subjects/ issues that my colleagues and I chat on

I value common knowledge very much so I talk widely with my colleagues.

My plan in the next 5 years

Asian countries are the emerging market in 21st century and global economies are driven mainly by Asian countries like China and India. I want to equip myself well to work abroad so as to get ready for the challenges and personally, broaden my horizon. As I am working in a multi-national corporation, I would like to explore the opportunity within the company to work aboard in years ahead.

Ginn Fung

Ginn Fung is the editor of Education Post.

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