Lim Chooi Ling
Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) Accounting, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), 2006
What did you do at university?
I developed an interest for accountancy when I was in high school. I loved the fact that accountancy will allow me to have a wide range of opportunities in terms of careers. I also feel that by taking up accountancy, I will be able to secure a stable job and work my way up the ladder steadily.
Why did you choose a career in your field?
I started my career in SJ Grant Thornton immediately after I graduated. I decided to enter the audit industry because I believe the audit line is the best way to apply the accounting and auditing knowledge that I gained during my studies in university. Besides that, the audit industry can provide me with chances to be exposed to various types of business environments, which I can really learn a lot from.
What do you do in your job?
As an audit manager, I manage audit assignments with a wide range of clients, ranging from small private companies to public listed companies. Besides handling statutory audit assignments, I am also involved in corporate exercises, such as initial public offers and due diligence of local and overseas companies.
What do you like most about your job?
What I love most about my job is the travelling! Although it is for work purposes and not for holidays, I feel grateful for the chance to be able to sit on the plane and be ready for another adventure, ultimately reaching our clients who are thousands of miles away. Besides that, I love to meet people, and I love working with my colleagues. We have been through tough times but also enjoyed good times together. They are helpful and supportive, and working will not be the same without them.
What skills do you consider to be essential for your job?
Apart from technical knowledge in accounting standards, communication and supervising skills are important too. However, in my opinion, time management skill is the most crucial one for my job because in the audit industry, it is all about tight deadlines and we have to meet them no matter what.
What are your future plans?
My future plan is to pursue the ACCA programme and hope to complete it in three years’ time.
Have a clear direction of where you want to go and what you want to do. Do not hesitate to pursue it. Always have the hunger and willingness to learn and don’t be afraid to ask questions when in doubt. Lastly, always be committed and finish what you start.