Feature: Big 4定大Corp ? (Part 3)
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）
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。
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)
和同事之間最喜歡討論 / 分享的話題
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
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).
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.