KUCHING: Besides paper qualifications, intangible factors such as a positive attitude, self-confidence, resilience and the will to succeed are the keys to a successful career.
This was the message 150 students at Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus took home from the CPA Australia Undergraduate Business Conference organised by the university’s CPA Australia Student Charter recently.
Themed “Dare to Live Without Limits”, the conference featured interactive activities and talks by guest speakers, including CPA Australia regional manager Geetha Kanny and relationship manager Edwin Wong. Also on the panel were Alex Ooi of accounting firm BDO and its talent acquisition director Thong Siew Fong.
Geetha emphasised the importance of the right attitude to succeed, including having self-confidence and the courage to take on challenges.
She advised the students to be tough but respectful of others, resilient and to manage situations well.
Ooi shared how he rose to become a partner in BDO, the fifth largest accounting firm in the world.
“Nothing comes easy, so work hard,” he told the audience.
He also encouraged them to network and to have an open mind, adding that having a mentor and upholding integrity could not be emphasised enough.
Wong said a professional qualification helped one to “be heard and recognised”. He urged the students to sit for the CPA professional exams in order to become professionally qualified accountants.
Thong, who conducted quizzes and icebreaker activities, advised the audience to believe in themselves and be persistent and patient in striving for their goals.
The students, who included those from non-business courses, said they found the conference helpful.
“I learned that if you have a chance to go for a professional qualification such as CPA after you’re done with your degree, just go for it. With proper time management, we can do it,” IT and multimedia foundation student Dalton Yeo Yuen Shuen said.
“I’ve also learned that it’s always best to pursue your career first then later enjoy when everything is stable,” he added.
Civil engineering student Wan Faris Ali Ibrahim commented: “It’s important to have the right mentality. That way, success is a bit easier to achieve.”