Accounting Student Enhancement Programme (ASEP)
From the academic year 2019/20, all Year 3 Accounting major students will be automatically enrolled in the ASEP to improve their chances of gaining employment with prominent firms in Hong Kong. Such firms include, but are not limited to, the major accounting firms and leading public and private corporations.
The purpose of the ASEP is to give all Accounting students the opportunity to develop personal qualities that are sought after by such firms when selecting applicants for interview and when choosing successful candidates in those interviews. Examples of such qualities are good communication skills and a broad knowledge base, including an awareness of current business and accounting issues.
The ASEP will operate for a maximum of 14 months from the beginning of November in students’ Year 3 to the end of December in their Year 4. Students are encouraged to finish the ASEP as early as possible for early graduation from the Programme.
Graduates of ASEP will be deemed to have achieved a special level of attainment for employment. They will be recommended by the Department to firms for employment, thereby enhancing their employment prospects. They will be awarded a certificate prepared by the Department to showcase their excellence to potential employers.
Students who enroll in exchange programmes overseas will still be enrolled in the ASEP and have the opportunity to benefit from the Programme.
In order to graduate from the ASEP, Accounting stream students must fulfil eight specified requirements, including for example, representing the University in a competition offered by an outside organisation and attending interview workshops.
1) Attend recruitment talks and information sessions by representatives of firms/professional bodies organised by the Department and SSC
Students must attend, during the 14 months of the Programme, a minimum of 4 recruitment talks and information sessions offered by representatives of prominent firms and leaders of the accounting profession.
2) Attend seminars and workshops on business and accounting-related academic issues
Students must attend, during the course of the Programme, a minimum of 5 seminars and workshops, in English, organised either on or outside the campus, particularly those related to current business and accounting-related academic issues. Students are required to submit brief written reports to the Programme coordinators after attending each seminar/workshop. Selected reports may be published by the department on its homepage and social media platforms.
3) Attend mock interview sessions
Students must attend at least one mock interview session when arranged by the Department of Accountancy or SSC. Such sessions may include discussion on the preparation of application letters and CVs, and special conversation classes focused on preparing students for employment interviews.
4) Undertake accounting internships or enroll in the Accounting Practicum
Students must undertake an accounting internship or enroll in ACT4001 Accounting Practicum. The Department will try its best to nominate students for internships at accounting firms. However, successful placement on internships depends largely on the availability of the internship positions as well as the decisions of the accounting firms. Therefore, students are also encouraged to seek other internship opportunities such as the ones offered by the UPO and SSC.
Taking ACT4001 The Accounting Practicum, essentially a guided one-semester accounting internship incorporating a service-learning element, represents a very good opportunity to satisfy this requirement as well as requirements 6 and 8 (see below).
5) Achieve a score of 7.0 or above in the exit test in English
Students must achieve a score of 7.0 or above in the IELTS exit test before the Programme closes in December of their final year.
6) Take Accounting stream elective course(s)
Accounting students must take at least two Accounting stream elective courses out of their six free electives, for example, ACT3367 Financial Statement Analysis, ACT4350 Advanced Auditing, ACT4351 Advanced Taxation, and ACT4001 Accounting Practicum.
7) Represent the University in an external competition
Students must represent the University in at least one competition offered by outside organisations. In the past, such competitions have included the ACCA Job Hunting Competition, the HKICPA QP Case Analysis Competition, CIMA Global Business Challenge, Deloitte Tax Championship, EY Academy’s CSR Challenge, and the HKICS Corporate Governance Paper Competition.
8) Engage in service for the community
Students must engage in voluntary services for the Department, the University, the professional community or the local community at large. Service opportunities include the Lingnan Information Day, being a student helper in BBA stream allocation forum, etc. Enrolling in ACT4001 Accounting Practicum, which includes a service learning component, will also satisfy this requirement.