A Scholar’s Journey – Chua Yong Xia

Being a former Foundation scholar, I wish to express my heartfelt gratitude towards Hong Leong Foundation for granting me the scholarship to complete my undergraduate study in University Science Malaysia (USM). It is my honour to share my experience as a former HLF scholar.

I graduated in Bachelor Degree of Accountancy in USM. Instead of choosing to start my career, I opt to start my postgraduate study and ACCA. The main reason is I feel that there is a need for me to endow myself with an extra qualification and skills. It cannot be denied that being a successful accountant is my goal in my life. Therefore, I choose to complete my last 5 paper in ACCA to mould me into the right path to become a successful future accountant.

Additionally, I have a great interest to become a lecturer to share my knowledge with others. Therefore, in order for me to join the academic field, I need to possess at least a Master's degree. This is the reason why I choose to further my studies. Nowadays, most people no longer  have a Plan A in planning their career path, most of us are looking to our side income or we maybe we have our own Plan B. Hence, joining the academic line is not only my plan B but it is also my passion as well.

I started my graduate course two months ago. The Master's programme that I have enrolled in is fully on research. It is with abject trepidation that I begin my Masters dissertation. Obviously it is a puny document in comparison to a PhD thesis, but it is significantly longer than any piece of academic writing I have attempted thus far and therefore more than a little daunting.

A graduate course is a big transition from an undergraduate course. Every Master's student will have one supervisor who will supervise, inspire and help the students in completing their thesis. We would also have to update our work progress to our supervisor at least once a week. If during my research, I am faced with any doubt or problem, I need to raise the issue and discuss it with my supervisor. This also happens vice versa in the event if my supervisor finds any problems in my research as my supervisor will discuss it with me.

My experience this far has deepen my knowledge on how the use of financial derivatives is affecting the earning management practices among Malaysian listed companies. This thrust area is something new that I cannot learn from a textbook. By being involved in this research, I have the opportunity to understand how Malaysia listed companies are using financial derivative to affect the earning volatility.

It is also a pleasant experience as I had the chance to enhance my soft skills especially in learning how to communicate verbally or written and share my information with my other course mates and supervisor. Throughout my two months of studies, I realized that time management is very important to me. As I also have to allocate sufficient time to study for my ACCA. I planned to complete my ACCA within 2 years in line with my master study.

Apart from that, I perceived that self-motivation is one of the vital factor for those who wish to pursue postgraduate study as we have to plan all the thing by ourselves. In preparation for the move up to doctoral study and research, self-motivation provides the backbone of a postgraduate degree that would aid you choose to go into it.

Solitary studying comes together with a postgraduate. However, the importance of making time to socialise with course peers, to share your research interests and academic highs and lows cannot be overlooked. Lastly, being a meticulous and diligent person, I believe that I able to complete my master study and ACCA. As I always believe that “Diligence and Perseverance Are the Key to Success”

And, I wish to reiterate my sincere utmost gratitude to Hong Leong Foundation for sponsoring my undergraduate study. It was a good beginning for me. As a former scholar, I hope that I able continuing build strong relationship with HLF and have a chance to contribute back to HLF. Thank you HLF !

Chua Yong Xia was formerly a  Hong Leong Foundation Undergraduate scholar who is currently pursuing her Masters in Accounting. To know more about Hong Leong Foundation's Scholarship Programme, please click here  http://www.hongleongfoundation.org/scholarships/