Senior Associate Consultant
Affiliate, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), UK, 2012
My education background is rather peculiar as I did not enrol in an undergraduate degree. Instead, I pursued a professional qualification with the ACCA, here in Malaysia. Sitting for the ACCA exams was no easy task especially in a professional environment but I went full steam ahead. Although the common advice I received was to not dive straight into a professional qualification, I think it’s an excellent way to mature quickly and understand real-life business matters head-on.
Having to sit for multiple ACCA exams as a full-time student does not afford one much time to pursue an internship or part-time job. This is my first professional job since graduating from university.
My company and job
I am a member of a 180,000 strong team spread across the global PwC network. As a Goods and Services Tax (GST) consultant, I assist some of the largest multinationals with their GST implementation ahead of D-Day in April 2015.
The best and worst bits
The GST is still very fresh in Malaysia and I love the feeling of being one of the select few to have the understanding of how it applies across a myriad of sectors. It is still being refined and altered as I write and staying updated with the latest developments is what keeps me ticking. Obviously the long hours and relentlessness of it is the hardest part of my job.
My most memorable achievement at work
Off the top of my head, being told by our clients that the effort and work put in was unsurpassed and much appreciated. I currently work on 12 major GST projects and it is my hope that the positive feedback is the same from all my clients.
Getting the job
Like all interviewees, my script was all prepared and I knew exactly what I was going to say and ask. But that no longer mattered when I was in that room. What mattered was my interest in this niche field and understanding of the nature of the job.
Be prepared for
A lot of learning! Even when you think you know the subject matter back to front, someone will come along and give you a heads up for a better approach. Personally I find this to be the best part of the learning curve.
Personally, I believe having a balanced life of work and play is essential. Your experiences from out of work or study life may play to your advantage when dealing with clients in the consulting environment. As the saying goes, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.