Current Employer/Organisation Name
What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?
I relocated back to Vietnam after leaving Exeter in January 2014 and have been with PwC Vietnam since.
Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?
I got very interested in transfer pricing issues when I was in Exeter. That was the time when people started to get serious about transfer pricing, especially with the case of Starbucks in the UK. So when moving back to Vietnam, I applied for transfer pricing services in PwC and have been doing this for the past 6 years. This role has given opportunities to work with many colleagues around the world (either from PwC network firms or from head office/regional office entities of our clients), in order to understand the bigger picture of their intercompany pricing policies as well as to support our clients to comply with transfer pricing regulations in Vietnam.
Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?
During the time at Exeter, I was the co-founder of Bright Futures Exeter society, part of the men basketball club, and international student society. I was also part of the International Welcome Team and University of Exeter Business School ambassadors.
Were you part of the Exeter Student Ambassador Scheme at any point during your studies?
What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?
The degree has really given me clear understanding of accounting, which is the backbone of any business. And from that, I guess I could have gone to any role that I wanted. The biggest highlight was I got offered to be the Accounting Scholar, which was a prestigious scholarship back then where the University of Exeter Business School would pay 100% of my postgraduate fee and at the same time I got to teach first year students. It was an amazing experience because I always love teaching and if it were not because of the visa requirements, I would have stayed longer.
What did you enjoy most about studying here?
It is difficult to put into words. Let’s just say Exeter gave me everything I wanted. It was the city, the people (both local people and members of staff), the students and the degree. The city is vibrant but at the same time not too big that you would feel overwhelmed. Everyone is friendly and that really goes against what overseas students like us tend to hear about the UK, like people are very cold and reserved. The degree is well structured and gives us everything we need for our career.
Why did you choose to study at Exeter?
Same as above.
What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?
I was friend with students from the UK and around the world. So during our group work assignments, I was usually in a very diverse team, which helped me to understand how to work with different people from different backgrounds. Also, being pro-active and asking questions when I was not clear about something is a huge thing in my daily work life. I’m in consulting so we ask and ask and ask, to ensure that we understand what our clients are going through to support them.
What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?
Keep an eye on what’s going on around you. There are transfer pricing issues everywhere you go.
What are your plans for the future?
I plan to stay in the industry for another 10 years or so. Probably in those 10 yeas I would get a chance to come back to the UK to work. Then after that, I will go back to teaching.