Opportunities with Deloitte in China and Hong Kong

Deloitte China HK

Deloitte China and Hong Kong are recruiting Chinese (including Hong Kong) students studying undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications overseas for all 5 functions including Audit, Tax, Enterprise Risk Services, Financial Advisory Services and Consulting for all branch offices in mainland China and Hong Kong.

They are targeting those with or studying:

  • degrees in Accounting, Finance, Taxation, Economics, Law, Computer Science, Management, Information Systems, and other business-related areas
  • proficiency to read, write, and speak Mandarin for China and with a good command of Cantonese for Hong Kong
  • eligibility to work in China or Hong Kong

If you are a current finalist or masters student you can apply and start work when you complete your course. Durham students and graduates have an excellent success rate in applications to Deloitte. Click here to see previous success stories.

You can read details of how to apply in either English or Mandarin. Applications are open NOW and close at the end of October so don’t miss out!

Opportunities with Deloitte in China and Hong Kong

Deloitte China and Hong Kong have opened their overseas campus recruitment campaign. They are very interested in hearing from Durham University students. 

Opportunities are aimed at final year undergraduate or master’s Chinese students with the backgrounds shown below:

• Accounting, Finance, Taxation, Economics, Law, Computer Science, Management, Information Systems, and other business-related areas

• Proficiency to read, write, and speak Mandarin for China and with a good command of Cantonese for Hong Kong

• Eligible to work in China or Hong Kong

They are recruiting for roles in Audit, Tax, Enterprise Risk Services, Financial Advisory Services and Consulting. Details of all vacancies, along with instructions on how to apply can be found here.

Vivien Tse at Deloitte Hong Kong

Name: Vivien Tse
Course: BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance
Graduated: 2011
Nationality: Hong Kong
Employer: Deloitte
Current position: Audit Associate

I graduated from the BA Accounting and Finance degree in 2011. As expected, I have benefited from the high quality of teaching and the course structure. The common first year with other business students allowed the development of a broad range of business knowledge. The second and third year featured compulsory and optional modules which made it possible to match my interests with the my future career plans. In addition, various summative essays and a final dissertation equipped me with the necessary research and critical thinking skills to increase my chances of success after graduation.

Non-academically, Durham offers many opportunities to join clubs and societies, or participate in competitions outside university. I joined Stephenson College’s Badminton team and became the President of the Durham University Hong Kong Society. I was also encouraged to join the KPMG Business Case Competition with three other Durham students. We later became the UK National Champions with support and training from the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning and Durham Business School (DBS). Besides that, DBS also provided me a scholarship to join the RealAcad Business Venture Startup Camp in the US, where I learnt how to put theoretical knowledge into practice.

The combination of excellent  teaching, training and hands-on experience put me in a great position to apply for graduate jobs. Two weeks into my third year, I applied to Deloitte (Hong Kong) and was later invited to take an online assessment on personality and teamwork. After passing the test, I was asked to attend a group assessment at the Deloitte Manchester office where I met all of the candidates applying for the Deloitte China, Hong Kong and Macau offices. The assessment consisted of two case studies where our group, consisting of 6 students from different Universities, was given time for silent preparation and later a group discussion and presentation to a Human Resources Manager from China and another from the UK. This was an easy task for us Durham students as we had regular team projects in which we analysed business problems and presented complex ideas, which was an excellent opportunity to develop our presentation and interpersonal skills. Shortly afterwards I was notified that I had passed, and was assigned to have a phone interview with a Hong Kong audit partner in a week’s time. At the start of the year I attended the two day Skills for Success bootcamp organised by the Careers Employability and Enterprise Centre, so was well prepared on the selection process. I passed the interview and was recruited by Deloitte’s auditing department in Real Estate, Energy Resources and Japanese Services.

I have now been at Deloitte for five months. The first few months passed quickly, as we were constantly attending internal courses or were training for the accounting exams in December. From January to March, which is our peak season, I was at the client’s office working in a team preparing for the final audit. As a junior, I have learnt how to complete simpler sections of an audit file and have also completed the audit files of less complex companies by communicating with the client for the necessary documents and obtaining explanations for material fluctuations. These tasks have helped me to develop a broad view of the management and accounting structure of the client which is good preparation to complete more difficult tasks in the future.

My advice to the current Durham students is to be proactive in finding solutions for academic challenges and in finding new opportunities. Networking is crucial so create a profile on LinkedIn before you graduate. Also, do have courage in taking chances to develop yourself- after all, what have you got to lose?

John moves to BarCap

Name: John Poothicote

Qualification: MSc Finance &

Investment

Graduated: 2006

Nationality: Indian

Employer: Barclays Capital

 I was part of the MSc Finance and Investment class of 2005 and graduated in 2006. Subsequently I joined Deloitte, the professional services firm. I spent 3 years with Deloitte and found it to be a fantastic place to work in. I was promoted to the position of Assistant Manager in Audit and completed the ACA qualification. Subsequent to this, I decided to seek a new challenge and moved to Barclays Capital, the investment banking wing of Barclays Bank in London, as an Analyst in FX Exotics Risk. My work is largely based around analysing the macro economic factors and looking at how they affect the positions of various trading desks.

The first time I applied to Deloitte, my application was rejected. This prompted me to visit the Careers Employability and Enterprise Centre to find out what the issue was. What I found was that while I had a broad range of skills from my various experiences, including the very fact that I was in a country different to mine and that I managed to get involved in part time jobs/extra curricular activities, I was failing to put them across convincingly in my application. This may have been primarily because in India, we use the CV to apply for a job while in the UK the employers place a lot of importance on the application to draw out specific examples of traits that they look for. While I did have those traits, the examples that I used were not good enough to convince the employers that I had them. I was able to correct this by making use of the Careers Centre and attending recruitment events of potential employers.

I also gained contacts at various companies by attending recruitment events organised by the Centre. They were able to guide me in exactly what the firms were looking for. I also realised that potential employers expect you to have a good understanding of what the role you are applying towards entails. Conversations with people who are already doing what you want to do are crucial in this regard.

The opportunities for international students from outside the EU are limited because of the fact that they need work permits which the employer needs to obtain on their behalf. From my experience, only the big employers usually get you this. Also since the time I joined Deloitte, the economic/political environment has changed and I would imagine there is pressure on the number of graduate places/work permits available. But the fact remains that there are opportunities for people who show potential. Firms place a lot of importance on diversity and regularly employ students from outside the EU. They obtain work permits for those who require them. However due to the limited number of places and because of the time involved in getting a work permit you should apply as early as possible.

I can say that for both my employers the work challenges you and what you believe you are capable of. You are driven and pushed to be the best you can be. However, ultimately, it will be your interest in what you do (or want to do!) and your passion to excel that will differentiate you from others. This is true from my experience and I am sure this will be the case in your application too!

Opportunities with Deloitte in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South East Asia

Durham University is one of the few institutions in the Deloitte Global Universities Program

Angel, Tommy and Vivien on the path to success

This matches top international students from select universities with career opportunities in their home country or another location of interest.

Last years’ successful Durham applicants include Angel Chan, Tommy Poon and Vivien Tse, all from Hong Kong. They were all accounting and finance undergraduate students at Queen’s Campus involved in extra-curricular activities as well as their studies. This is what they advise:

Angel – ‘Get involved in societies and be confident’

Tommy – ‘Show the employer what you have learnt while you were at Durham. The Careers Centre presentations and Skills for Success programme can help you to prepare’

Vivien – ‘Join societies to help your language skills and to adapt to UK life’

Deloitte are currently recruiting students to join member firms in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand where opportunities are available to start in Autumn 2012 in Audit, Tax, Enterprise Risk Services, Consulting and Financial Advisory. Opportunities are available in Taiwan in Audit.

As a minimum requirement, they are looking for students who are eligible to work in their country of interest and are fluent in the local language. If you are looking for a career in one of these areas and would like to find out more about these opportunities please visit www.deloitte.com/gup 

 Application deadlines are:

14th November 2011 for China and Hong Kong

 30th November 2011 for South East Asia

31st December 2011 for Taiwan 

Deloitte recruiters from overseas will conduct interviews at UK offices soon after the deadlines.

From Vietnam to Southampton with Deloitte

Name:  Hillary Nguyen

Degree: BA Business Economics

Graduated: 2009

Nationality: Vietnamese

Employer: Deloitte, Southampton, UK

 My wish was to work in the UK after graduation, and I was fully aware that this would require great determination and effort. Therefore, I started researching graduate jobs in my first year. I applied for an Audit graduate position at Deloitte in my second year via the Fast Track event, in which two interviews and an assessment centre were held on the same day. In order to prepare for this difficult task I visited the Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre for information on interview skills and feedback from previous applicants. I also did more searches on wikijob where students shared details of similar experiences. Participating in different social activities and working part-time at university helped me improve employability skills that were assessed during the interviews. I was offered the job shortly after. This meant I could focus on study and enjoy uni-life in my final year without the stress of job hunting during a recession.

I have been with the firm for 18 months and completed the professional stage of the ACA qualification. I really enjoy working in different industries with colleagues from diverse backgrounds. It has been a very steep learning curve and there are always new things to learn since I was a new joiner up to now working as a senior associate. It is definitely challenging and hard work but rewarding at the same time as it equips me with a wide range of valuable employability skills.