(台灣 資誠事務所 陳同學)
When you finally are willing to enter the real world, you will find that it doesn’t revolve around others anymore. When a person’s goal is set, there will be no distraction from anyone that will alter his course. In our years of receiving education, nurturing our hobbies, learning our trade, it has all been for no other reason than to strengthen our foundation in preparation for the competition of job-hunting that awaits us after graduation. Yet time passes, and bit by bit it has scattered our ideals, and gnaws at our patience. Entering the field of Accounting was a big decision, and after learning of the Big Four internship program, I entered the system to become a volunteer, assisting others where and when I can, and completing all my needed courses to graduate. My internship application was accepted, and I used my time as a volunteer to reflect on what I would say in my interview, and also prepare myself to what was to come after my internship begins.
After I was confirmed to be accepted, I was born excited and worried at the same time. I was about to head alone into Taipei, a city completely foreign to me, facing the workforce and living the last year life as an intern. And also, before the internship, I was unsure about the environment of the accounting firm, whether I was going to be able to handle the jobs assigned to me, whether I would cope with long hours of work and overtime hours. However, as I found out, these worries are unessential, because as a fresh out of college newcomer, we must maintain a positive attitude towards our future work, to learn and to improve, not to complain and shrug from responsibility.
I have been worked for almost one year in PWC, going through the tough period of a renewal of membership and a wave of resignation. Though the people who are leaving are the minority, it involves couples of my friends. I change my sadness into blessing and wish them find another opportunity. As an intern, I have chance to join different cases and communicate with everyone in the group, which are all opportunities to learn. Around my side, there are many colleagues who are thoughtful and full of action. Some of them reveal the outstanding talent and receive the recognition in training courses. Getting along with them not only motivate me but also give me a way to find my insufficiency. My senior once said “Being well-prepared before entering the accounting firm instead of taking the firm as a place to learn everything.” Out of the force, it is a start of real war. There is no much time to hesitate. We have to face all the situations and solve all the difficulties in the field from September to the period of annual report, Q1 and tax report. We accumulate our experience during the working time, but most of basic ability needs to be developed in the university. Nevertheless, the ability of communication is important to be regarded. The client is not always friendly to us, since they take us as rookie and may not trust us fully. How to have a talk with them beside the work, even a simple concern and greeting, would build the bridge of trusting. And we would not be the one who is going to find faults with them.
I expend my horizons in Taipei, including prosperous metropolis, convenient traffic network, bustling district, and spectacular crowd, which impress me a lot. Some people go aboard as a exchange student, some are admitted to graduate school, and some are looking for the direction about the future. No matter what others’ life are, I am glad that I choose and come to here, and make sure my road. Also I make friends with several colleagues who can share the joys and sorrows. Yet there is a brief stop after the busy season. For auditors, sleep is the luxury, which could not be bought no matter how rich you are. After I am graduated from college, it is a new beginning to live. What we can do is to set a goal and go ahead without fear. As the saying goes, the opportunity is for those who are well-prepared.