Khalid bin Kamarulzaman, 21
Qualifications: Certified Accounting Technician - Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), 2010, ACCA - (UiTM), 2012
Job Title: Auditor (Staff Assistant)
Has been with this company for 6 months
My dad inspired me to choose this career/industry/line of work
I pursued my studies in ACCA after completing my CAT in UiTM. Why ACCA? Because ACCA provides a good foundation in accounting principles and it is a globally recognised professional qualification. As I have always wanted to pursue a career in accountancy, getting a professional qualification would be an added advantage for me to excel in this field. I chose ACCA due to its comprehensive programme to meet the demand of the current job market.
I was a full-time student prior to joining Deloitte. I had some experience preparing the financial statements for a small company while pursuing my studies. This was done with a group of friends, under the guidance of a lecturer from UiTM’s accounting faculty.
The small and profitable company has a benevolent cause as it provides employment to the physically challenged individuals. Even though we were not paid for our services, but the experience was very valuable to me as I believe learning is not limited to textbooks or classrooms. Many things can be learnt from “Life” itself.
My Company And Job
Deloitte is a reputable professional services organisation and one of the Big Four. I am presently attached with the firm’s audit and assurance services. The misconception of many is that the role of an auditor is to identify fault in the work of others.
However, from an auditor’s point of view, we assist in promoting transparency in the financial reporting process. Auditors also provide clients with recommendations to improve on issues identified during the course of the audit. This not only helps clients to recognise the problems and take corrective actions at an early stage but we also act as their business advisor or partner in many areas. I believe being an auditor is a noble profession.
The Best Part
The best part of being an auditor is the opportunity to meet different people and work in different locations. We are not confined to the office as we are constantly on the move. So we do not get bored easily because each client is unique.
A Worthy Challenge
Apart from the nature of the job (fast paced and long working hours), the challenge is finding a solution to deliver Deloitte’s services effectively and efficiently. As each client is unique and they have different business needs, hence they must be advised differently. A good understanding of the clients’ business operations and risks profile is required in order to provide them with value added solutions and advice. Timely advice together with good implementation is the real challenge but it is a rewarding experience.
My Oscar Moment
I am still new to the organisation so I guess my most memorable achievement at work would be the recognition I received for my achievement as ACCA’s Top Affiliate in Malaysia. The news came after I joined Deloitte.
Getting The Job
I was spotted by Deloitte after receiving the World’s Best CAT Graduate award in 2010. Deloitte offered me a scholarship to complete my ACCA and employment in the firm upon completing my studies.
I completed my ACCA, just recently. I have to admit that it does help me a lot in my career.
Where I'll Be in 2020
I would love to see myself being in a senior leadership position in Deloitte 10 years from now. Meanwhile, I will focus on my primary goal in acquiring as much knowledge, skills and experience so I am able to assume more responsibilities and guide others. I believe things will fall into place once we set the right primary goal.
Take any job as a learning experience. We are bound to make mistakes but you do learn and become a better person. Do not look backward only forward!!