Rays has aspired to be an accountant from a young age. Although his HKCEE results were not outstanding, he did not give up and determined to obtain professional qualifications through the sub-degree pathway. Hence, to fulfil his dream of becoming an accounting professional, Rays enrolled in the Higher Diploma in Accounting programme at the Hong Kong College of Technology (HKCT).
Professional qualifications of practitioners are highly valued among the accounting profession. HKCT’s Higher Diploma in Accounting programme is recognised by many accounting associations. Moreover, graduates are eligible for exemptions from a number of professional examination papers, including the first six papers of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Examination, nine examination papers for the ACCA’s Certified Accounting Technician qualification, nine papers of the Association of International Accountant Examination, eight papers of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountant (CIMA) Examination and eight papers of the Hong Kong Institute of Accredited Accounting Technicians Examination. The programme thus helps graduates obtain professional qualifications recognised by the profession.
For early acquisition of professional qualifications, students of the higher diploma programme may even sit for professional examinations prior to graduation. Given his excellent performance at school, Rays was invited to take part in the ACCA “conditional exemption scheme”. He enrolled in Paper F7 Financial Reporting and was awarded Hong Kong Top Achiever by the ACCA.
With the take-off of the financial sector on the mainland, apart from professional qualifications, a vision for a Greater China is also essential for one to become a professional accountant in Hong Kong. Therefore, Rays actively took part in internship programmes arranged by the school during term time. He took part in the Beijing Summer Internship and Experience in 2012 and the Work-integrated Learning Project for Sub-degree Students in 2013, during which he was assigned to take on jobs relating to accounting, auditing and taxation etc. at the Beijing Zerui Registered Tax Agent and SEN TRAVEL Co., Ltd. in Taipei respectively.
After graduating from the HKCT, Rays was immediately appointed by a local corporate management company as a full-time accounting officer responsible for account management. Meanwhile, he also obtained CIMA’s scholarship. To enhance his competiveness, he enrolled in a part-time top-up degree programme in accounting so that he could upgrade his qualifications while working and attain the goal of lifelong learning.
In summing up his experience in pursuing a sub-degree programme, he said, “HKCT’s Higher Diploma in Accounting programme provides an alternative study pathway for secondary school leavers to obtain professional qualifications recognised by the industry and be employed after graduation just like students admitted to the eight universities. With a stable income, they can choose to pursue further studies outside office hours and acquire higher academic and professional qualifications.”