The Story Behind Malaysia’s ICAEW Professional Level 2020 Award Winners and Their Quest for Success as Business Professionals

ICAEW graduate rebecca and kher huey

The role of an accountant holds significant responsibility in any organisation’s financial statements. Not only are accountants expected to have excellent analytical skills and be detail-oriented, but they are also trained to communicate well, especially when presenting solutions to identify problems. In the spectrum of chartered accountants, to qualify as one means that a person will have a keen understanding of how organisations work through the lens of finance and business. Professional qualifications such as the ICAEW ACA provides world-class knowledge and tools that equip chartered accountants with both the essential leadership and technical skills to succeed in the industry.

With a global network of 750,000 members across 190 countries, ICAEW is proud to be part of Chartered Accountants Worldwide. Emphasizing the importance of inclusivity, diversity, and fairness has attracted numerous talented individuals under their wings, even gifted candidates from Malaysia. Despite being a small country, that did not deter two Malaysian students from outperforming 7,000 others to achieve the ICAEW ACA examinations’ top achievements.

Balancing her degree and ICAEW ACA, Leong Kher Huey managed to achieve the award for Joint 1st Place and the Watts Prize Winner for Audit and Assurance

ICAEW joint first place winnerKnowing the difficulties that lie ahead, Leong Kher Huey, a final year Accounting student at University Malaya, remained persistent in pursuing both her degree and professional qualification at the same time. As Kher Huey said, it is crucial that she begins developing discipline and perseverance to help with her ICAEW ACA journey. Kher Huey believes that practical skills and industry knowledge are what employers nowadays look for. That is the primary reason she decided to pursue the ICAEW ACA, as it provides more practical modules that will train her to become a specialist within the industry.

To get a head start over her peers by completing her exams sooner, Kher Huey devised a study plan to set a daily timetable by drafting tasks that she needs to meet within her set deadline. Through her relentless effort, Leong Kher Huey achieved the Joint 1st Place and the Watts prize for the highest score among those who sat for the ICAEW Professional Level Audit and Assurance examination paper. The news came as a shock to her, but she was still immensely grateful for the unlimited support she received from her family and Mr. Ong, her Audit and Assurance lecturer at Sunway TES. Pursuing ICAEW ACA has prepared her for the future, and she is currently undergoing her internship at EY Malaysia, before proceeding to work as an Audit Associate at KPMG Malaysia soon after.

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Skipping the conventional degree pathway, Rebecca Wong dove straight into ICAEW ACA and was awarded Joint Sixth Place, the Arthur Swinson Prize, the Highest Non-Graduate Student, and the Simon Morris Memorial Prize

ICAEW SEA joint 6th place winner RebeccaWith her dream to help businesses grow and bring positive changes in the accounting and finance industry, Rebecca Wong took the first step by delving into ICAEW ACA. Rebecca believes that the ICAEW professional route is the most time-efficient and cost-effective for her, especially when compared to the conventional degree pathway. Additionally, it will equip her with the confidence and capabilities to solve complex accounting and finance issues. While her decision to not pursue a conventional university degree may have caused some wariness from her parents and friends, that did not stop them from providing an endless amount of support to her which inherently paid off in the end.

With her passion and ability to persevere, Rebecca Wong achieved the Joint 6th Place, the Arthur Swinson prize, the Highest Non-Graduate student, and the Simon Morris Memorial prize. Rebecca is now working in the Assurance, Audit department at Ernst & Young. Landing a spot in one of the Big 4 accounting firms has her feeling grateful that she pursued the ICAEW as it provided her with modules that covered a wide range of areas, such as assurance, accounting, finance, and business subjects. She believes that students who aspire to pursue a career in the accounting and finance industry should consider the ICAEW ACA programme as a pathway towards employment. It will provide them with an accelerated and well-curated module that is perfect for students to kick-start their careers at an early age.

Interested to learn how you can build a resilient career in Business & Finance like Rebecca and Kher Huey? Here’s how you can get started…

If you’re looking to explore a career in the field of business & finance, you can consider pursuing a professional qualification to fast-track your career aspirations. Among the many professional qualifications, the ICAEW ACA is a highly recognised and sought-after qualification. It is also one of the most advanced learning and professional development programmes available.

School leavers or graduates from any background or discipline can pursue the ICAEW ACA at Sunway TES Centre of Accounting Excellence, one of ICAEW’s training providers in Malaysia.

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