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Decisions magazine – Issue 14
We speak to Cavyn Chong, Singapore Management University Accountancy (SMU) student and recipient of the Deloitte Inspire Award, who is not only active in a myriad of school activities but also in community service. Most recently in October, his team came in as the first runner-up in the Asia Private Equity Club SMU Venture Capital Case competition, an initiative which aims to spark students’ interest in the Venture Capital investment process.
Why did you choose to apply for the Deloitte Inspire Award?
I came to know about the award from Ms Seah Gek Choo, Deloitte Singapore Talent Partner, during a networking event at the Singapore Management University. I applied for the Award as I thought it was really refreshing how an organisation is looking to reward students for their contributions in their co-curricular activities on top of their academic results. This shows the emphasis Deloitte places on holistic achievements rather than just focused on academic results.
Being a Deloitte Inspire Award winner has definitely affirmed my efforts in pursuing my passions along with balancing my school work. I strongly recommend students to apply for the Deloitte Inspire Award as it offers a chance to be recognised for their efforts in other facets of their schools lives.
Can you tell us more about your experience with the SMU Venture Capital Case Competition?
It was a really fun, albeit taxing experience as I was able to learn more about start-ups and understand why Venture Capitalists invest in them. The highlight of the competition was giving the pitch during finals and applying the newly acquired knowledge. It was really enriching to be able to finally showcase our work in front of the judges, who were professionals within the field, and our families and friends in the audience. The bonus was coming in as the first runner-up, as we saw our hard work come to fruition! Moreover, I got a taste of the flurry that comes with meeting tight deadlines – something crucial in all circumstances regardless of the context.
How was your internship experience at Deloitte?
My internship with Deloitte gave me the opportunity to explore a career in Audit & Assurance and my key takeaway was definitely the people and the culture. I made some really great friends during my short 10 weeks there! Additionally, events such as Inter-departmental Games, where I played football and the Audit Off-Peak party were really enjoyable and I felt they are a big part to Deloitte’s dynamic and vibrant culture.
What top tips do you have for interns?
Always ask questions – people in Deloitte are really willing to help, and the best way to not only learn but to perform well during your internship is to clarify any doubts that you may have.
About the Deloitte Inspire Award
Our Deloitte Inspire Award celebrates and recognises students who not only excel in their academic achievements, but have also made exceptional contributions and performed well in sports, arts and community work.
Recipients of the award are given an attractive cash incentive, a Certificate of Achievement and an internship opportunity with Deloitte Singapore.
Year 1 to Year 3 Accountancy students from NUS, NTU and SMU are eligible to apply.
Apply for the Deloitte Inspire Award from 6 January to 31 January 2020!
For more information, visit www.deloitte.com/sg/inspire-award
Decision Magazine Issue 14
In issue 14, find out more about Deloitte’s learning and development initiatives with stories on our Deloitte Southeast Asia Innovation Day and Deloitte University Asia Pacific! Want to have more control in how you shape your future career? Discover how Deloitte can empower you through flexibility with our new work-life integration program! In addition, take a behind-the-scenes look at Elizabeth Han’s role as a Deloitte Risk Advisory Security Analyst, where she shares insights as the cyber gatekeeper of confidential information. We also share 10 Moves to make moments matter that you can apply to your student life as well as your internship. Lastly, we look back at the key highlights of 2019, ranging from our sports achievements at the Inter-Departmental and Institute of Chartered Accountants Games to our under the sea themed Year-end party!
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