THERE is no denying the importance of accountants to every organisation. With increased mobility and global connectivity today, a career as an accountant can take a person far – be it locally or overseas – and lead to a successful career.
To start aspiring young accountants off on the right track, Taylor’s upholds its commitment to provide students a learning experience that propels them towards a meaningful career in the future.
To this end, the esteemed institution recently organised its inaugural Taylor’s International Accounting Day 2022 (TIAD’22), supported by the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA).
Co-hosted by Taylor’s College School of Professional Studies and Taylor’s Business School, TIAD’22 brings students, fresh graduates and working professionals alike together for knowledge-sharing and networking.
Leveraging on the institution’s strong partnership with local and global industry players, the event brought together organisations such as MICPA x CA ANZ (Malaysian Institute Of Certified Public Accountants), (and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand)
GoKudos and TraTax for “meet-the-firm” activities to allow attendees to learn more about the accounting field.
This sets a strong foundation for those seeking a career in the accounting and financial field to increase their career prospects in the public, private or governmental area as they get to network with industry representatives in both the public and private sectors.
“At Taylor’s, we understand that a conventional syllabus can only get you so far. We believe students should gain not only accounting acumen, but also a lifelong career-building experience,” says Taylor’s deputy vice-chancellor and chief academic officer Prof Dr Pradeep Nair.
“Beyond just textbook learning, we also want to nurture young financial professionals to build a rewarding career whereby they can thrive in top corporate sectors supported by the resources and partnerships we have to offer.
“This is why we are hosting Taylor’s International Accounting Day – to enable students and prospects the ability to gain competitive advantage for their careers even before they graduate and build a platform where everyone, including fresh graduates and seasoned professionals, can connect with leaders in the field.”
In conjunction with the International Accounting Day which falls on Nov 10 each year, TIAD’22 celebrated outstanding accounting professionals who have made significant impact on the profession and shown great dedication, passion and professionalism in their work through the Taylor’s Accountants of the Year award.
“Given the economic challenges we have faced over the past few years, accountants and financial professionals are working harder than ever to ensure that the nation’s economic growth and stability are maintained and consistent.
“As the seeds of recovery are beginning to bloom, we owe our gratitude to the hard work and dedication of accounting and financial professionals for their tireless efforts to make businesses thrive, support the economy, and help people navigate the complexities of finance,” Prof Dr Pradeep said.
Seven professionals from various professional accounting bodies were recognised for their contribution to the profession and the nation:
> Securities Commission Malaysia Audit Oversight Board Eexecutive Officer Alex Ooi Thiam Poh
> CIMB Group Holdings Berhad, CIMB Bank Berhad and CIMB Bank PLC chairman Datuk Mohd Nasir Ahmad
> RHB Banking Group, Group Wholesale Banking Managing Director Tuan Syed Ahmad Taufik Albar
> TG Consulting Sdn Bhd Chief Executive Officer and Founder Theresa Goh
> Experian Malaysia Global Finance Services Head Toh Beng Siew
> Tricor Malaysia Non-Executive Chairman Dr Veerinderjeet Singh
> Tenaga Nasional Berhad Integrated Learning Solutions Strategy and Transformation Senior General Manager Yasmin Mohd Ramzi.
As part of Taylor's commitment to nurturing an interest in accounting among youths, high school students took part in the festival’s inter-school accounting competition and competed in the semi-final and grand finals.
The competition judges were professionals from the accounting industry, who evaluated the students’ capabilities in their analytical, communication and teamwork skills to solve real-life business problems.
Team “Kungfu Chicken” from SMK Tinggi Batu Pahat took home the championship title and RM5,000 cash prize.
“I entered this competition on my teacher’s recommendation and also to enhance my resume,” said team leader Hang We Her.
“This competition not only helped me gain experience for future jobs such as accounting, but I got to enhance my communication and networking skills as I met many of the institution’s faculty members and industry partners who have significant, real-world experience in the profession.
“Such knowledge will prepare me for the challenges and opportunities of the complex business environment.”
TIAD’22 sponsors: (Diamond) MICPA x CA ANZ; (Platinum) GoKudos, TraTax; (Gold) ACCA, ATAREK Group, Baker Tilly Malaysia, CPA Australia, CROWE Malaysia, KPMG Malaysia, WHLK, YYC & Co; (Silver) AICPA, CIMA, CapBay, PKF Malaysia.
For more information about TIAD’22, visit https://bit.ly/3MphanH.