Live the World, One Country at a Time
What has your career-path been: how did you get where you are today?
“I envisioned living overseas ever since my inaugural trip across the Atlantic at the impressionable age of 13. This nascent desire gained further traction throughout my undergraduate years and eventually attracted me towards the global business environment. Accordingly, I completed a 30-month Chartered Accountant programme with Deloitte Canada in 1999 and transferred to Australia to gain additional experience internationally. Financial advisory expertise is essential across several industries and remains a marketable attribute for the global finance professional.
Since leaving public practice with Deloitte, my career has principally focused upon the upstream oil and gas industry and spanned a broad spectrum of responsibilities within finance that includes corporate governance, financial reporting, taxation, commercial, budgeting, treasury and merger & acquisition activity. As a recent graduate of the Executive MBA programme at Cass Business School with a 20-year blend of comprehensive management and advisory expertise, I consider myself privileged to have lived and worked across five continents that include such disparate countries as Australia, Switzerland, the Sultanate of Oman and Nigeria.”
What does your current role entail? What do you like most about your job?
CPA Australia is delighted to be working with City to help open opportunities for students focussed on building dynamic and rewarding accounting and finance careers in the Asia-Pacific. We are really excited to be meeting many of you at the Finding work in your home country session on Wednesday 11th Feb at 1pm-3pm in ELG11. Before we do, we thought we would take a moment to introduce ourselves…
Who is CPA Australia?
City students at the closing ceremony at Christchurch Cathedral
Guest Blog Post written by Jennifer Murphy
3rd year BSc Psychology student
City University London
“As a BSc psychology student, currently in my 3rd year, I heard about the undergraduate awards towards the end of my 2nd year. I soon realised that to enter all I had to do was submit a piece of existing coursework and 15 minutes later I had submitted my piece entitled ‘Susceptibility to false memory: factors that facilitate and inhibit’.
I was thrilled to discover that my piece had been highly commended by the judges, renowned experts in their fields. Before attending the UA summit in Dublin 2014 I wasn’t sure what to expect and was nervous about the prospect of spending 3 days with such incredibly accomplished undergraduates from all over the world. However, upon attending I encountered was a group of incredibly friendly, modest and inspirational undergraduates from a variety of disciplines, from philosophy to medicine.
All industries have their common misconceptions, but none more so than finance. For many people, the concept of working in finance immediately brings to mind an image of The Wolf of Wall Street, with shady investment bankers screaming down the phone while their lackeys run around doing all the legwork. In reality, however, finance incorporates as wide a range of careers as any other trade, with each profession bringing their own distinct talents to the industry. Financial corporations therefore need to hire employees from a broad base of skill sets and backgrounds by necessity, even requiring those who might not immediately appear to lend the relevant experience.
What is an actuary?
How can you improve your interviewing technique?
Interviews can be hard, the final stage towards getting that job you need. To succeed in interviews there are a few key factors and common errors that it is best to be award of, correcting these common errors will enhance your chances against your counterparts. To think of a company use a recruitment company like Hiring People who post a single job on 100 different job board you could potentially have 10 apply to each posting which accounts to 1000 other applicants apply for the same job as you so you need to ensure you and your cv are ready to impress.
In this article we look at how you can enhance your chances at interview, because no matter the qualifications you hold it is important to succeed at this process to earn yourself the job you desire.
With almost half of recent graduates in the UK still unemployed, or even employed in jobs that undergraduates could do – it begs the question why are they not getting the jobs they are enabled to do? It could be simply down to not grasping and executing the basics of interviewing, meaning that older and more experienced people may be getting these jobs. Thus showing how you imperative it is to know what to expect.
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Five things never to put on your CV
Writing or updating your CV takes a lot of effort, so you’d probably be surprised how little time graduate employers take to assess whether you might be the right candidate.
Five minutes? One minute?
Try six seconds. This is a field where first impressions count for everything, and where mistakes or a lack of professionalism can make the difference between the in-tray and the discard pile. Often those errors are seemingly trivial ones that you may not realise are what’s behind your application getting rejected.
Make sure your CV passes the six-second test by ensuring these five things never appear on it:
- Your life story or too much personal info.
The startup scene is booming at the moment. Companies like Facebook and Google have glamorised startup culture and these days, the “next big company” is nearly always a startup. Most people think startups are full of hip twenty-somethings lounging around colourful, gimmicky offices, playing table tennis, writing code, and discussing techy-sounding marketing terms. Admittedly this is a pretty accurate picture of what a startup actually looks like, but there’s a lot more involved if you want to succeed at a startup.
For recent graduates, working in a startup can be a bit of a rude awakening – no one will hold your hand or micro-manage you and, if you’re not willing to put in the work, you might well fail.
I work for carwow, a rapidly-growing startup based in London. In the six months since I started, we’ve grown from a team of seven to 19 and seen a 150% increase in revenue. We’re still very much in the startup phase, though, which means rapid growth and facing new challenges daily. Things move at a frenetic, dizzying pace and everyone is expected to pitch in to meet deadlines. To succeed at a startup, you’ll need to be proactive, able to work independently, and willing to be a jack-of-all-trades. Work ethic is valued over years of experience and innovative solutions over traditional fixes. You’ll learn new skills daily, on the fly, and have to learn to adapt constantly.
Guest blog post by Mars
Think M&Ms, Uncle Ben’s, Pedigree, Whiskas and Wrigley, iconic billion-dollar brands. Think the world’s third-largest food company, generating annual revenues of more than $30billion and international operations in 370 locations. Think Mars.
Hot in the summer, mild in the winter. Any teacher knows that longitude/latitude tell the truth! Here, you can wear all of your best clothing for all seasons!
Only here will you be in a Special Administrative Region. You will hear people say “One country, two systems”. Understand HK embraces free speech. Also understand that HK is still part of China.
Never a dull moment. From the Chinese Opera to the Fringe Club…to the performers in Times Square to the beautiful lions dancers, Hong Kong is full of culture.
Grand views from our mountains and from our seas. Imagine jumping into the South China Sea from a “junk” (party/event boat) with the world at your fingertips. Incredible.
Konger. That is what you shall become if you come. A “Hong Konger”. Part of the scene, the life, the education system. Join us!
Other cultural interests include: ballet, local acting, fishing, boating, relaxing, football, sports,
Need a friend in HK? Not to worry, you can call Headstart. We take pride in offering outings for our more than 100 teachers each month or even offering suggestions via your newsletter.
Going somewhere? Hong Kong is the perfect “lift off” to anywhere in Asia. Plus, your teacher concierge will help you coordinate your first trips until you feel comfortable!
Find out more about working in Hong Kong as a teacher with Headstart Group: http://www.headstartgroup.co/ or follow them on Twitter: @headstartgroup1
Start-up at Scale – The New Mould
Only shooting stars break the mould. It may be 15 years since Smash Mouth penned those words, but the sentiment is one that has stood the test of time. The modern equivalent might be something like: go hard or go home. In start-up land you most definitely have to go hard; and since the second year of university going home has not been an option for Eoin and I. Simultaneous studies and paid work leave little room for creativity, but if you are committed to breaking the mould, then you find a way.
Creative Fair was born out of a need for us to take control. Research released earlier this year showed that the creative industries are worth £71.4 billion/year in the UK alone. One breakdown gave this as being equivalent to £8 million/hour. It also showed that the sector accounted for 1.86 million jobs in 2012 or 5.6% of all employment.