Our first Industry Insight professional is Ivan Liu, who was the President of this club for the 2011-2012 year!
I graduated from UBC Sauder School of Business in 2012 with concentrations in Accounting and Transportation & Logistics. Upon graduation, I started working at Deloitte for three years prior to moving into industry this past August. As of right now, I have been employed at Steve Nash Sports Clubs & Fitness World for about 3 months as a Senior Financial Analyst.
How did working in public practice prepare you for the work in Industry?
Public practice is unique in allowing you to work with several different business, often in different industries, at the same time. This opportunity has allowed me to pick up on how different companies operate and adapt quickly to different processes and systems. The ability to adapt and learn quickly has helped me transition into industry with relative ease.
What is the best way to find out more about the industry you are in?
The best way to learn about any industry is to speak with professionals employed in the industry. There are many ways to do this, including informational interviews, networking events, co-op and internship opportunities, etc.
What are the most important skills you learned in post-secondary that have carried over to your career?
Time management and juggling deadlines and priorities was an important skill that I had worked on in post-secondary. Being involved on-campus helped me learn how to balance different priorities. For example, in my final year with the Accounting Club, my responsibilities as President required me to constantly evaluate the immediate priorities for the club, the executive team and my own education in order to make the most efficient use of my time. Ensuring that a comprehensive list of all tasks was constantly kept up to date helped me ensure that urgent items requiring my immediate attention are dealt with in a timely manner and that there are no miscellaneous tasks which are missed. It is common in any work environment that there will be more asked of you than what you can accomplish in a day or even a week. The ability to prioritize and communicate your priorities to your team and your supervisors will ensure that all team members are on the same page.
What advice would you give someone considering to pursue a career as a CPA?
It’s often difficult to know by the time you graduate exactly what you want to do with your degree or how you want to build your career. Explore different career paths, companies and industries during your time in post-secondary to get a sense for what you would like to do through the opportunities and the resources available to you on campus.