Hiring and retaining accounting millennials

The Singapore Accountancy Commission holds its annual ATO Forum in conjunction with the flagship Be.Recognised career fair

Posted on 15 September 2016 in Happenings around us

ATO Forum 2016

How can organisations today target and attract millennials to work for them? What do millennials look for when seeking employment?

To better understand the growing numbers of millennials who are now entering the workforce, the Singapore Accountancy Commission (SAC) on 24 August 2016 held its annual flagship event for Accredited Training Organisations (ATOs), organisations who have been accredited by the SAC to hire, train and develop Singapore Qualification Programme (Singapore QP) Candidates. Previously known as the ATO Human Capital Forum, the newly renamed forum placed emphasis on talent acquisition.

The event, which was co-organised with e2i, was held at the Devan Nair Institute. This was also the venue for the Be.Recognised@Aug2016 career fair – the first time that both events were combined.

ATO Forum 2016, which saw participation from more than 100 ATOs, kicked off with a presentation by LinkedIn’s Head of Talent Solutions for Southeast Asia Mr Frank Koo on how best to leverage on social media to attract talent.

This was followed by a talk by Mr Simon Lindley and Ms Elaine Chong from the Institute of Business Analytics who shared how increasingly, companies are harnessing analytics to work smarter for them.

Principal of e2i Mr Alfred Lee next took to the stage, and talked about some of the schemes currently in place to help ATOs foster and implement progressive and age-friendly workplaces.

The Institute of Technical Education, which was represented by Section Head for Accounting (College Central) Ms Wong Fong Yen, then introduced the SkillsFuture Enhanced Internship Programme, particularly for the Higher Nitec in Accounting course, which will provide industry exposure to students looking for a career in the sector.

The event drew to a close with the final presentation of the morning by management consultant Mr Patrick O’Brien, who spoke about leadership and how employers needed to discern when to be managers or mentors.

Be.Recognised@Aug2016 career fair

Be.Recognised 2016

While ATO Forum 2016 was beginning to wrap up at noon, the Be.Recognised@Aug2016 career fair was starting to kick into high gear in the hall next door with more than 14 participating ATOs and two Accredited Learning Organisations (ALOs).

This was the seventh edition of the premier career fair for the accountancy sector, and this time, more than 300 accountancy graduates and non-graduates thronged the event hall, hoping to impress an employer or two in the current tough job market.

Apart from the Big Four and mid-tier accounting entities, the career fair featured fresh faces among the ATOs, such as the Auditor-General’s Office who took part in the fair for the first time.

University of London accounting student Saffir, who was participating in his second Be.Recognised career fair, having attended the previous one in March 2016, said that the event was slightly different this time round, with new ATOs and “proper booths”.

“This career fair is a good platform for us to know about current employment opportunities. We get to speak directly to the hiring manager, and learn more about the culture and expectations of working in the particular organisation,” he said.

Apart from networking with potential employers at the career fair, attendees had the opportunity to listen to some words of wisdom from LinkedIn’s Mr Alwin Goh who spoke on how the social media platform could be used to build one’s personal brand and from Mr O’Brien, whose talk on exploring one’s passion and purpose in life hopefully inspired many to pick up their courage and follow their dreams. #

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