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I graduated from BBA, majoring in Econ from a reputable local university. I have 5 yrs of working experience. I am assisting my boss in handling investor relations of my company. My company is a listed blue-chip property developer. I have been working in my current position for more than 3 years. I would like to change my workplace as i found i can be hardly advanced in my current position.

I had interviews with several companies but failed. When the interviewers asked me the reason to leave my current job, i don't know if my answer looks appropriate. I usually told them that i want to take more responsibilities. I do not have any professional qualifications like CPA, ACCA, etc. I wonder whether the reason for my failure felt more to my qualifications or my presentation skills during the interviews.

My concern is that whether i should pursue an accounting diploma or ACCA so that i could obtain a higher role in investor relations? However, i am assigned to more admin role rather than analytical role now. My career in this company stop at this. Even i got changed to a higher title, my responsibilities are the same. Should i consider to switch after i obtain a diploma / ACCA, not now?

I'm sorry that my message is not well organised but i do hope i can get some advise.

Thank you.

Posted by FY on Tuesday, 04 May 2010

Comments :

Career Doctor

Posted Friday 7th May 2010 08:22:00 PM


I really can't comprehend why everybody tends to believe further study and/or qualifications can work magic? Tell me why and how those ACCA, CPA, or whatever accountancy qualifications can help in your investor relationship career. And judging from the way you write, no matter how confused of a state you were in when you wrote this posting, you don't write well at all. Your degree from a local reputable U can perhaps help in finding your first job, how far you an go, how high you can climb, all depends on you yourself! Don't waste time looking for excuses on why you failed your previous interviews. I've said this too many times here before, employers already knew day one when receiving your application you don't have any accountancy qualifications. Should that have mattered then why grant you interviews? So it must be your experience which they find relevant and therefore want to "see" you. Meaning very likely, and most likely, there's something wrong about your soft skills, including but not limited to your presentation skills. When you're not sure if what you've said in those interviews were appropriate, most certainly they weren't! If you're really prepared, you would have done thorough research about the company and the job you're applying for. Why do you find yourself fit for the post, and what you have to offer. The reason of wanting to change job is a must asked question, you don't even bother to spend the time to work that out?


Posted Friday 7th May 2010 12:09:00 AM


You did not specify the type of jobs you were being interviewed for. I assume from your message you were looking for accounting roles. If that's the case, then having a CPA/ACCA qualification will help, but relevant experience counts a lot, too. You need to know what it is that you really want to do rather than just saying that you want advancement in your career. Pardon my directness but I suspect your presentation skill has a lot of room for improvement judging from the way you wrote your message.


Posted Thursday 6th May 2010 11:04:00 PM


Thank you for your comments, passby. I am interested in investor relations but so far i found that many job posting in relations to this field want candidates with audit / big four experience or accounting qualifications. That's why i have this question.


Posted Wednesday 5th May 2010 11:22:00 PM


In HK, seems everyone wants to be accountants, but in reality, most who obtain professional qualifications end up merely working as "accountants". Being an accountant doesn't mean you got a career advancement. What's your real interest? Banking? Fund management?