Australia

Kin Shan 

  • Service: Audit
  • Level: Accountant
  • Joined: 2005
  • Location: China
Kin Shan

My job is to assist my seniors in the Audit department. About a third of my time is at client sites, sometimes in Hong Kong and sometimes in different cities in China. I spend the rest of the time at Prince's Building, Central, Hong Kong. The great thing about this job is that I get to meet a lot of people. A typical day consists of understanding the client business and gathering supporting evidence by liaising with client staff — maybe alone or in teams of up to about ten of us — all from very different backgrounds.

 

What attracted you to KPMG?

KPMG is a leader in its field and it offers the opportunities to achieve my ambitions and also to broaden my horizons. Also, I believe it provides excellent training support for my professional development, as I would like to be an expert in Audit. My ambition is to rise to senior managerial or partner level.

 

Tell me more about the training

Clearly training is important technically for professional development and being at a leading global organization means it is constantly striving for high quality. I look forward to being in a position to train others. I believe I can learn even more, when given this opportunity. Aside from having to thoroughly understand what you are conveying, it helps with presentations skills and with being confident in front of a room of people.


What about international moves?

I haven't yet but I would certainly love to be seconded to an overseas member firm. I studied for my degree in Australia. I gained a lot from that experience and I am aware of how different other cultures can be, both the values and the lifestyle.

 

What have you learned from your work with clients?

At this stage I have learned that technical knowledge is important, it is why clients come to KPMG. But equally important is a good client relationship. Good observation and communication skills are the means to achieving this. If you can get to be in charge of a team, or an IPO, you can show what you've learned and perform to the best of your ability.

 

What would you say to a potential applicant?

There are many things to learn and yes — you will work hard — but this is all preparation for an exciting career ahead.

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