Emma

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Soo-Jin Shin, Deloitte Boston, MA

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I’m a Senior Consultant in Risk Advisory and I joined the Deloitte NZ Auckland office in 2012 as a graduate. I now live in Boston, MA, USA and working in Technology Risk services in Assurance market offering.

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If you are already thinking about working overseas, I would like to say don’t be afraid, be prepared, and take the opportunity when you can. I’m sure there will be challenges on the way but it’s all part of the experience and that’s what makes this whole experience invaluable.

Where are you?
I’m a Senior Consultant in Risk Advisory and I joined the Deloitte NZ Auckland office in 2012 as a graduate. I studied Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Information Systems at the University of Auckland. I worked on IT audit, internal audit, and data analytics projects while I was in the Auckland office. After I completed Chartered Accountancy, I decided to take an opportunity to work overseas. As part of the long term secondment programme, I moved to the Deloitte Boston office in October 2015. 


What are doing?
I am working in Technology Risk services in Assurance market offering. Most of the projects are general IT controls testing for financial audits but I also do IT controls testing for internal audit purposes as well. Since I joined the Boston office, I worked with companies in Technology, Retail, and Healthcare industries. 

How long have you been away?
I moved to Boston in October 2015. My original secondment was for 2 years, I recently got it extended for 5 more months so going back to NZ in March 2018.

Why did you choose to go there?
I visited US for a few times as I grew up and really liked how lively the cities were so always wanted to live in US if I had a chance. Since I started with Deloitte and got exposed to international companies, I wanted to experience more of that and wanted to work with companies in more complex environment. I also wanted to travel a lot around the world. Combination of all these reasons motivated me to find opportunities in the US. I wanted to go somewhere that I had never been to. So I chose Boston because I was never been here before, I didn’t know anyone here, it’s a historic city, it has both river and the ocean which I like, and it’s a big city but not as busy as New York. I thought it would be a great place to take a fresh new step and start a new chapter in my life.

What’s your favourite part about living and working overseas?
My favourite part about living in Boston is that there are so many things to do outside of work so you will never get bored. Boston is close to ski fields so in Winter I went for skiing after work and over the weekends. It’s also close to many beautiful beaches and mountains in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine and it’s also close to New York and Rhode Island, so lots of weekend trip ideas! Also, it’s easy to travel within or outside of the US, I’ve been to LA, San Diego, as well as London so far and planning for more road trips within the US and Canada for the coming year. As a foodie, I love the fact that Boston has great seafood such as lobster rolls, clam chowder, mussels, and many more.

My favourite part about working in the US is that I get to travel, learn, and build a great network at the same time. As working in IT assurance, I learnt about new IT systems that I didn’t know of before. Also, the US firm has a great training programmes for different IT systems. I attended those trainings to learn as well as built a network all over the US. As part of these trainings, I got to travel to other cities too, like New York, Dallas, Parsippany and Chicago. 

What’s the most challenging part of working abroad?
The most challenging part for me was getting to know the team / building network within the office. Since most of the assurance colleagues are out at client site most of the time, it was quite difficult to know who was in the same service line when I first started. I got to know the project team that I work closely with but there weren’t many opportunities to meet others. However, as the year goes and as I worked on more projects, I got to know all of the people in Technology Risk services. In terms of the work culture, it was really similar to the NZ firm so it wasn’t really a challenge for me.

What advice would you give to someone considering working overseas with Deloitte?
If you are already thinking about working overseas, I would like to say don’t be afraid, be prepared, and take the opportunity when you can. I’m sure there will be challenges on the way but it’s all part of the experience and that’s what makes this whole experience invaluable.

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