Yap Joyee

Staff Assistant II, Audit

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

At university
I am pursuing my Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) qualification while working in Deloitte. The course is very relevant to what I am doing now as an auditor, as it equips me with the financial and accounting knowledge needed. Any subjects that are related to accounting, financial and business are useful and relevant to what I do.

My background
Deloitte is the first company that I started my career with, including my internship. I reckoned audit could help me gain more knowledge and exposure across multiple industries as well as real life experiences by learning how to deal with people. The audit practice in Deloitte is different from other firms as we are not fixed to only auditing a particular field or industry. As such, we are exposed to all types of companies, which to me is one of the many benefits of working in Deloitte.

What do you do in your job?
I perform audit fieldwork and support my seniors in any related work. As part of my job, I also ensure good communication with our clients in order to gain a sound understanding of their business. This is essential for us to effectively detect any risks in the accounts.

What do you like most about your job?
Everyone thinks that working as an auditor is stressful. Most jobs are stressful anyway, otherwise it would not be challenging, would it? On the bright side, we have the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life, gain a wide range of industry exposure and travel around the globe. Furthermore, I like the working environment in Deloitte as the people here are nice, helpful and friendly.

What skills do you consider to be essential for your job?
Auditors cannot live without their laptops or computers. All of our work is done on our laptops, so it is essential for me to know basic computing skills such as Excel and Word. Additionally, it is important to learn how to communicate effectively and be able to empathise with people.

What are your future plans?
I plan to finish my ICAEW course in three years. Then, I might consider taking up the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) professional course.

Some advice
First impressions are always important. Present yourself professionally in front of everyone, be it the way you speak or the way you dress. Last but not least, work hard to achieve your personal and career goals but remember to play hard too!