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Common sense in demand

Published on Friday, 11 Jan 2013
Ronald Yam

RSM Nelson Wheeler

RSM Nelson Wheeler is joining the CPA Australia Career Expo not only to meet potential recruits, but also to be able to present its company credentials, culture and work environment to more than 1,000 participants.

“Talent drives the success of our firm. We are interested in meeting CPA Australia members who are eager to work and learn, and ready to share their experience and knowledge,” says Ronald Yam FCPA (Aust.), a partner at RSM Nelson Wheeler.

A member of RSM International, the world’s sixth largest network of independent accounting and consulting firms, RSM Nelson Wheeler provides a wide range of auditing, tax, risk advisory and other services to local and international clients. It is currently the auditor of more than 50 listed companies.

Eyeing to hire 40 to 50 fresh graduates this year, the firm expects aspirants to be honourable, hard-working, responsible and committed. They must also have good communication skills and the resourcefulness to work smart.

Since they will always be required to complete assignments using limited resources and within a demanding time frame, aspirants are expected to know how to work effectively.

“They should understand work objectives and ask their seniors or managers if in doubt. They should have common sense,” Yam says.

He also recommends that aspirants develop their presentation and communication skills, and to be fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin. Being able to listen attentively and demonstrate a positive and proactive work attitude are also essential.

RSM Nelson Wheeler provides in-house training and mentoring programme to help new staff adjust to the company culture and work ethic. It includes a two-day orientation programme to inform them about how they are expected to contribute to the firm. Each new employee is assigned a counsellor holding a managerial or higher position as a mentor.

The firm would be providing new recruits opportunities to improve their knowledge and skills through trainings and education programmes, but they must likewise show eagerness for self-study.

“They should always read newspapers and business journals. They should be linked with the world and understand what’s happening around them,” Yam says.

“Taking professional examinations and obtaining practical working experience at the same time is tough and demanding. They need to be well-planned in advance and strike a balance among work, studies and private life,” he adds.

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