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"I don't see any
with becoming a
It's all about
are most valued
by people in the
waterhouseCoopers in London as an audit
Tong describes his office -- 1 Embank-
ment Place, one of seven PwC locations in
the British capital -- as really globalized and
"There's not just people from Britain. It's
quite a good thing that you can meet people
who you wouldn't usually meet in Hong
Kong," he says.
Tong, who was promoted to audit se-
nior manager before being seconded to the
United Kingdom a year ago, can't help but
compare work-life balance in London with
"You can see the difference... The people
in the U.K. are more focused during office
hours," he says. "They try to get all the things
done in a short time so that they can leave
work earlier, but in Hong Kong people tend to
work long hours. But, I don't think the work-
load in Asia is much more than in the U.K."
Having worked in the same office in Hong
Kong for eight years, assisting clients mainly
in Greater China, one of Tong's biggest diffi-
culties came when he first moved to London
in November 2011. "I didn't have much expe-
rience working with westerners or foreigners.
Although the work is the same, I needed to get
used to a brand new client base and working
with brand new people," he recalls.
With the subject of accountants and long
working hours constantly recurring, Tong
brings the topic to a more positive light. "For
young professionals, this is a very good in-
vestment for your future, because you are
doing two or three times more than [what] all
your peers or other people are doing."
Tong's relative youth doesn't mean he can
keep pace without trying hard.
"All the accounting standards, all the au-
diting standards are always changing, so
you really need to keep yourself up to date,
do some reading, training, and go to work-
shops," he says.
Learn from the best
Joyce Lee is attracted to fresh challenges.
This is one of the reasons why joining the
profession appealed to her in the first place.
She admits, however, that work pressure
and long hours are just some of the not-so-
new hurdles she encounters continuously as
audit director at Grant Thornton.
"One of the main challenges involves get-
ting and understanding new clients, their
organizations and their practices," says
Lee, an Institute member in her early 30s,
who joined the firm in 2007 and previously
worked for other large CPA firms.
PHOTO: ALAN CHEUNG AND SUNNY YU
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