The opportunity to work at global internet media firm Travelzoo has enriched Linda Yiu’s understanding of financial and managerial accounting – from bookkeeping to financial analysis. Thanks to career services at her school, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), she was recommended for an interview with Travelzoo Asia-Pacific. After interviews and tests, she was offered an internship at the finance department. She talks to Wong Yat-hei.
What is your academic background?
I am an HKUST student, majoring in accounting, with a plan to double-major in finance.
How do you start your day?
I start my day by collecting relevant information from different sources and preparing reports for management and operational use. I assist with the gathering of results for [Travelzoo’s] local deals business. These are placed in the company’s system and checked for accuracy. I work in the regional finance team, so I am exposed to working with different foreign currencies. I also assist with the company’s monthly and quarterly closing.
What does your job entail?
Travelzoo is a global internet media company and the most trusted publisher of travel, entertainment and local deals. My job is to assist in collecting relevant information from different sources and write reports. I am also exposed to its accounting operations at the regional level. I believe being detail-oriented and articulate are key to this position. For this job, I need to communicate with different teams in the region and learn their culture.
What have you learned about your chosen career and what are your plans?