Doreen Ho

This story goes back to 14 years ago in February 2002, I left my hometown (Penang, Malaysia) to pursue higher education in Adelaide. I must admit that it wasn’t an easy journey! I was 18 years old, first time without any family members, all myself at this foreign land and all I had was just a luggage with clothes. To begin with, English is my second language, it made things even harder and a lot of times, I have no idea what everyone was talking about.

Three years in University of Adelaide, I completed Bachelor of Commerce; it was one of my proudest moments in my life.

After six weeks of writing and sending job applications, I successfully landed a position at an accounting practice as the administration assistant. When I first started, I worked long hours, continuously committed in trying my hardest to learn what it takes to be an accountant in a practice.

Spending two years as an administration assistant had definitely established my passion in the industry, I was recognised for my skills and knowledge that I learned in the two years. There was an opportunity to work as a graduate accountant which I took up and performed really well. At the moment, I set my mind that I like this job and I want to develop a career in accounting practice.

I undertook Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA) qualification and successfully obtained the title in three years. The day I attended the Award ceremony, it was the day I got the enjoyed the fruits of the hard work.

In January 2011, my current employer acquired the accounting practice I was working for almost six years. Working in a larger organisation had been challenging however it did not stop me from achieving my goal to have a successful career in accounting practice. The experiences I gained working as a accountant has given me the opportunity to explore what the industry has to offer.

It’s been twelve years since I stepped in the first accounting practice as an administration assistant and now a senior accountant. Looking back at the achievements, I received significant exposures to tax compliance, audit and business advisory services across a wide variety of industries that allows me to provide the services that the clients need. I am also managing a team of five accountants and two administration assistants. Having the opportunity to work at the management level has been incredible; it allows me to combine the experiences gained over the years and people skills to inspire the team members especially accountants who have just started their career in this industry.

Top 5 Characteristics of people who work in your field

  • Knowledgeable and continuously wanting to develop professionally
  • Client centred
  • Attention to details
  • Willing to go extra mile with potentially no return/reward
  • Reliable

Top 5 skills relevant to working in your industry

  • Problem solving
  • Organisational skills
  • Team player
  • Communication skills
  • Disciplined

What education / experience is necessary for your role?

  • Minimum Bachelor degree
  • Preferred postgraduate degree (accredited professional qualifications)
  • Experience can be accumulated over the years.