Getting ready for joining a Big 4 firm

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28 September, 2016

When the Centennial College started off its Bachelor of Professional Accounting (Hons) program (i.e. BPAcc) in October 2012, the program team has been offering to all students the monthly professional accounting seminars on campus, which is a unique feature of the BPAcc program.  Since then, we have been inviting well known and very experienced professional accountants or CPAs as guest speakers, for sharing their ample wealth of knowledge and experience with our students, especially BPAcc students, who have been aiming at becoming a CPA and engaging their accountancy career.

Similar to the over 2,000 accounting degree graduates generated by more than 20 local and overseas universities and colleges in Hong Kong in every year, most of our BPAcc graduates are eager to work for the “Big Four” accounting firms (i.e. Deloitte, EY, KPMG & PWC) as their first full-time employment.  In order to help our BPAcc students and graduates-to-be preparing for applying the “Big 4”, we used to invite partners of two to three of the Big 4 accounting firms as guest speakers of our monthly professional accounting seminars in each academic year.

On Wednesday 28 September 2016, our College had the great honor to have Mr Ernest Lee as the guest speaker for our monthly professional accounting seminar titled “Getting ready for joining a Big 4 firm”.  Mr Ernest Lee is a Partner of the Professional Practice Department of Ernst & Young, China.  He has over 20 years’ experience in auditing and providing technical advice on accounting and auditing related matters in a variety of industries in the Asia-Pacific Area.

Within the 90-minute interactive seminar, Mr Ernest Lee shared the following topics with our accounting- and business-major students.

• The service profile of EY
• What candidates is EY looking for?
• How to prepare yourselves?

• Sharing of experience as a Partner of a Big 4 firm
• Q&A session

Interestingly, we learned that Mr Lee gave up his Bachelor of Medicine (Hons) program with the University of Hong Kong in 1990/91 and undertook the BA (Hons) in Accountancy program with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in the same academic year.  At the end of the seminar, Mr Lee encouraged our students to nurture the following 4 key success factors whenever their career goal has been determined.

• Professional Ethics and Integrity – at all times must be observed and complied with.
• Faith – in yourself, your profession and your career goal.
• Technical knowledge – to be acquired and updated for both technical and soft skills.

• Persistence – in accumulating the required knowledge continuously on a daily basis. 

Awarding Certificate to Mr. Ernest Lee from Prof. Joseph Yau and Mr. Edward Chiu