Jeremy Tan

Associate Consultant, Emerging Markets Group – Tax

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Business and Management at Nilai University College, 2010

At university
I studied physics when I was in Form 6. Back then, I thought engineering was what I really wanted to do after I completed my STPM exams. However, after a couple of months studying mechanical engineering in a public university, I found that I had enough of formulas and calculus. I then started applying for scholarships (with my STPM results) to study business. A few months after leaving engineering school, I received a scholarship to study at Nilai University College.

My background
I initially worked with an oil and gas company in the human resource department and that was the closest job in relation to my degree. However, after a few months in the job, I got acquainted with a colleague working in the finance department who had previously worked in an accounting firm. I was then informed that I could pursue professional work even though I wasn’t an accounting graduate. I was really excited and submitted my application to an established professional services firm right away!

What do you do in your job?
My job requires me to liaise with my clients and the various government bodies and authorities. I am also required to ensure that my clients are compliant (ie ensuring that they pay their instalments on a timely basis). Besides that, I assist my managers and directors on tax incentive advisory work.

What do you like most about your job?
My favourite thing about my job is my spacious workstation. I know that space is never enough for people in this line as we love to hold on dearly to our files! Ultimately, the coaching culture and the exposure I get are the reasons why I love my job.

What skills do you consider to be essential for your job?
I am still improving my technical skills, however, the more important skills are interpersonal and communication skills. This is because at the end of the day, we deal with people all the time and these skills are crucial when it comes to ensuring customer satisfaction.

What are your future plans?
I see myself moving towards a senior position three years from now, handling more advisory related work. I have plans to pursue a professional qualification (ie CPA or CTIM). I also have plans to study German and Japanese before I turn 30 and have included them in my to-do list.

Some advice
The best way to get the job is definitely getting good grades (show consistency in your results) and to impress the interviewers (not with flowers or chocolates, of course, but with the qualities that you already have). I would say that having work experience definitely is a plus point but at the end of the day, it’s your personality that counts.