NUS Accountancy Networking Night 2016

Date: Friday, 26th August 2016
Time: 7.00pm to 10.00pm
Venue: CPA Australia, One Raffles Place

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After the resounding success of last few years’ networking  events, the NUS Accountancy Networking Night made a triumphant return in 2016. Organized by the Accountancy Arm (Academia) of NUS Bizad Club and in collaboration with NUS Business School Accounting Department, CPA Australia and supported by NUS Business School Alumni Association (NUSBSA) 160826 NUS Accountancy Networking Night 2016-26and NUS Global Alumni Network Office (GANO) the event followed the same ‘speed networking’ format as last year. Esteemed Accountancy alumni shared personal insights and answered questions about potential career paths, while a buzzer sent the students moving from table to table to gain further insights.160826 NUS Accountancy Networking Night 2016-96

Fourth year student Derrick Kew Deck Guan was the emcee for the even160826 NUS Accountancy Networking Night 2016-63ing. After graduation, he will be embarking on his career at  Ernst & Young, starting in insurance auditing. He directly attributed this choice to his own experiences at Accountancy Networking Nights. The valued input of successful alumni was a deciding factor when choosing which of the Big Four he wanted to join.

The evening didn’t just benefit the students. It presented alumni with a unique opportunity to share their experiences and catch up with old friends. Wan Tuck Wah, from the inaugural accountancy batch back in 1967, returned once again to give back by mentoring current students. Chong Kek Sing (BAcc 1977) also expressed how much he likes helping students on their path to success: “I’m glad the students have this opportunity to hear from alumni and make informed choices. It’s great to be able to share my thoughts and experiences.”

Interested in getting involved? Please stay in touch if you’d like to be a part of the next Accountancy networking event!

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Exploring opportunities at the NUS BizConnect Finance Networking Dinner

Date: Wednesday, 24th August 2016
Time: 6.30pm to 9.30pm
Venue: Folks Collective, Asia Square Tower 1

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A night of networking, new connections and authentic Thai cuisine, hosted by the committee members of BizConnect, the event brought together over 70 current undergraduates and alumni from the finance industry in a lush, chic setting.

DSC_0078Under the warm lights of grand chandeliers, participants mingled and shared their business opportunities, experiences and aspirations. Laughter and light-hearted chatter filled the air as the alumni and undergraduates got to know each other. And with undergraduates rotating DSC_0050between tables throughout the night, there was alDSC_0048ways something new to share and discover.

Fourth-year BAcc student Christel Yeo, who attended the event to find out more about the finance industry, enjoyed herself immensely. “Throughout the night, I networked with many people who have travelled the same path that I’m now on,” she said. “Hearing from them has given me a much wider perspective on the different careers I can pursue.”

Sharing her sentiments were fourth-year BBA student Kenneth Wang who added: “I have gained many insights that I wouldn’t have gotten just from reading the job descriptions alone. Speaking with the alumni has given me a clearer direction on the position I’m interested in.”

And judging by the presence of the two head hunters from Mizuho Bank’s talent acquisition team, Cheryl Lee and Jill Chan, these undergraduates might just be clinching their dream jobs sooner than expected.DSC_0025

But it wasn’t just the students who gained from the experience. Many of the invited alumni enjoyed the opportunity to share their stories, insights and learning experiences with the younger generation. Wan Tuck Wah (BAcc, 1967) was one of them, captivating his listeners DSC_0037with his experience as a student back when NUS was still known as the University of Singapore.

Some alumni shared that they too had much to learn from the students. Kenneth Leong (BAcc 2014), a regular supporter of similar events, explained: “It’s really refreshing to meet with the undergraduates to learn about their experience in school and hear their views on the industry.” Lui Seng Fatt (MBA, 1984) agreed, adding: “It’s extremely interesting to see how the younger generation deals with challenges. Speaking with them has given me a whole new perspective on the future of the industry.”

As the event wound to an end, Benn Ng (BBA, 1989) summed up the evening’s festivities perfectly, saying: “Tonight, everyone benefitted in some way, whether from making a new friend, learning something new or even catching up with an old acquaintance. I think we can all agree that it’s been a win-win experience for all.”

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