How To Prepare Yourself To Be a Professional Accountant?

English Version Only

28 September 2017


Cert presentation
Prof Joseph Yau and Mr Edward Chiu present certificate and souvenir to Ms Winnie Ki.

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 three to four of the Big 4 accounting firms as guest speakers of our monthly professional accounting seminars in each academic year.

On Thursday 28 September 2017, our College had the great honor to have invited Ms Winnie Ki as the guest speaker for our monthly professional accounting seminar titled “How to prepare yourself to be a professional accountant?” Ms Winnie Ki has worked in Ernst & Young for over 20 years and is currently an Assurance Partner in Ernst & Young, Hong Kong. She has experience in serving both multinational client and listed corporations and has involved in a wide range of services related to local and cross-border initial public offerings, merger and acquisitions, internal control reviews and corporate restructuring. She has been involved as a trainer in the firm’s coaching events in both Hong Kong and Mainland China, and in staff recruiting activities in Hong Kong.

Within the 70-minute interactive seminar, Ms Winnie Ki shared with our BPAcc students her journey of choosing a career after graduation is not an easy task. Her sharing covered the following topics:

  • The manpower demand of accountancy professionals in HK
  • 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

At the end of the seminar, Ms Ki offered some tips for our students in applying the Big 4 accounting firms, including the willingness to work overtime.

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