Participants and facilitators of the EY-SOAF Joint Horizon Event 2017
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) School of Accounting and Finance (SOAF) together with Ernst & Young (EY) Fiji jointly hosted a career event for final year accounting students on 29th April, 2017.
This initiative with a Chartered Accounting Firm is the first of its kind for the School.
The event provided a valuable platform for students to engage in meaningful discussions with EY staff and their USP mentors regarding future career paths in various fields including Accounting and Financial Reporting, Audit and Assurance, Business Advisory Services, Tax Advisory services and Risk Advisory services.
Most of the EY staff who facilitated the event are alumni of SOAF and now hold responsible positions as auditors, senior auditors and audit managers.
Steven Pickering, Country Managing Partner of EY Fiji said “We are thankful to USP School of Accounting and Finance for this opportunity to engage with future practitioners and leaders in a fun and meaningful way; to build on what they have learnt in terms of critical thinking, planning, ethics and applying accounting principles and to provide some encouragement and personal perspectives on work life balance and possible career paths.”
The event was well received by the final year students. Norisha Naicker, accounting student said “the EY Horizons event was a reality check for me and I like the fact that it provided an opportunity for us as students to ask questions on how the interview and selection process is done by EY”.
Dr Nacanieli Rika, Acting Head of SOAF said the School is committed to being a regional centre for academic excellence in Accounting and Finance.
“As part of this commitment, we provide our students with a holistic learning experience that will equip them with skills for work and life. Collaborating with employers to deliver career-focused workshops is an important means to bridge the gap between books and the real world,” Dr Rika added.
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