How I landed an internship in Singapore

It has been two weeks since I started my internship at EY Singapore. This was not an easy start because I arrived to a new country by myself and I didn’t really know what to expect. The feeling I got when I first arrived Singapore was somewhat similar compared to when I first landed in Australia.

For many accounting students, getting an internship in the so-called “big four” is a very desirable goal. As an international student in Australia, it is really hard to get into the big accounting firms in Australia. So I decided to apply for an internship with the big four accounting firms overseas. Singapore, the financial hub of south-east Asia, became an ideal option for me.

All the EY 2017 winter interns

The application process was very straightforward. I submitted my internship application online. Then after 3 weeks, got a phone call from HR scheduling a Skype interview. After the interview, I waited for about one week and was told by phone that they decided to offer me a place.  During the 30-minute long Skype interview, I was asked to introduce myself and share the reason why I wanted an internship with EY.

This recruitment process was much simpler compared with the Australian big four recruitment process, where you also need to go through an online testing and assessment centre.

EY Orientation day with my team

It turns out that during every winter season (summer in Australia), the local accounting firms in Singapore hire lots of students studying in Australia because it is their peak season for auditing in Singapore. The local university students cannot commit to the 3-month long internship due to the short winter break. On the other hand, it is summer break for Australian universities so students are usually free from December to February.

One of the most popular public transportation in Singapore – MRT

In summary, that’s how I landed my internship in Singapore: partly because I’m constantly exploring opportunities to work overseas and partly because of good timing. If you, my fellow accounting peers, are also interested in working in Singapore, why not give it a shot next year!

 

 

Travelling to Melbourne

Last holiday, I traveled to Melbourne, the sixth city I’ve visited in Australia. First of all, I just want to say I LOVE BRISBANE after I finished the trip because the weather is much better than Melbourne’s! lol

My trip was in November, when Brisbane is warm and people are enjoying outdoor activities. However, at the same time in Melbourne, it was only 9°C, which made me feel like I was back in a country in the northern hemisphere.

Royal Exhibition Building

Although the weather wasn’t as good as  Brisbane’s, there are still many excellent tourist places that I would like to share with everyone.

1. Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road is one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives, where you can see the 12 Apostles, get up close to native wildlife, and take in iconic surf breaks, pristine rain forest and misty waterfalls. After visiting this place, I have to say it’s definitely a place you must visit!

2. Puffing Billy Railway

I still remembered when I chatted with my Airbnb house owner, a Melbourne local, about this tourist attraction. She told me she went there as a little girl and  it is a perfect place for family, kids, and tourists. Puffing Billy was built more than 100 years ago and the purpose was to enhance the economic development of the countryside. Now the railway have become Australia’s premier preserved steam railway still in use. Tourists can enjoy the amazing views and the history by taking the trainride.

 

3. Melbourne City

Some people say that Melbourne city is just like “a big fashion show stage”. There are many beautiful corners, buildings, churches, parks, or markets in this city. For example, Queen Victoria Market, Royal Exhibition Building, Federation Square are all the attractions where tourist can go. Just walking around the city and you will definitely find some places you like!

Queen Victoria Market

The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant

Have you ever been to Melbourne? Do you like it? Feel free to share your experience below and don’t forget to keep following this QUT blog! 🙂