Thursday, May 15, 2008

CPA Australia Career Market Day

Career Fair recently held on Accounting by CPA Australia's Career Market Day. was the official Job Board Partner.

Thursday May 15, 2008

A fair for accounting graduates

 CPA Australia's one-day Career Market Day at the Mid Valley Exhibition Hall recently was a success. Over 1,600 job seekers used the opportunity to speak to representatives from renowned organisations taking part in the fair.

The Career Market Day was conceived to provide a platform for job seekers, particularly final year students and graduates to explore the breadth of career opportunities available in the accounting and finance arena.

Visitors had the opportunity to network and speak with senior executives, partners and human resource representatives from renowned organisations and thus giving them a good idea of latest employment market trends.

Eighteen exhibitors including first- and second-tier accounting firms, leading banks and multinationals took part in the fair.

These included Anuarul, Azizan, Chew and Co, BDO Binder, CIMB Group, Deloitte, Baker Tilly Monteiro Heng/Ferrier Hodgson MH Sdn Bhd, Folks DFK & /Azman, Wong, Salleh & Co, General Electric, HSBC Bank Malaysia Bhd, IBM Malaysia Sdn Bhd and Intel Malaysia.

Maybank Management, Associates and Scholarships head Hishamuddin Salleh said this was one of the most successful career fairs that the company had participated in.

"The fact that top notch employers participated in the fair showed the seriousness of the fair and the high quality candidates that it attracted.

"From the moment the doors opened in the morning until we closed, we had a steady stream of candidates. All 220 of our application forms were snapped up by 3pm," he said.

Jobstreet, which was the official job board partner for the Career Market Day, was also one of the exhibitors at the fair.

Jobstreet Marketing and Business Development vice-president Simon Si said because the fair was very niche, tailored for finance and accounting graduates, it helped get the right candidates.

At the Career Market Day, CPA Australia also launched the Malaysian chapter of the CPA Australia Employers Club and 16 organisations have already signed up.

CPA Australia Malaysia Division president Christina Foo said the global shortage of accountants was a very real issue that cuts across a broad spectrum of industries.

He added that armed with the right training and academic background, CPA Australia members have a high level of professionalism to offer to employers.

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