Lim Wei Ri

I am committed to self-improvement and pursuing my objectives with enthusiasm.
News & Events News & Events News & Events Highlights Lim Wei Ri never saw himself becoming an accountant while growing up. But that all changed when he found the different ways he could make a positive impact on businesses through accounting. Soon after, he enrolled in the SIM-RMIT Accountancy programme, which ignited his passion for the subject. The programme was a stepping-stone for him to land a job in a Big Four firm. Today, he finds great fulfilment in mentoring young professionals. Fill in the blank with an adjective that describes yourself best:  I am dynamic Please do elaborate on why you chose the adjective above. I am committed to self-improvement and pursuing my objectives with enthusiasm. I constantly gain new knowledge and skills throughout my career. I also find joy and fulfilment in sharing my knowledge and experience with people around me. Since 2017, I have started to collaborate with educational institutions and professional bodies to mentor young professionals. What sparked your interest in accounting? Despite having a mum who is a practising accountant, I never imagined that I would be doing the same thing as I have always had that misconception that accounting is all about number crunching and that it was rather boring. However, I chanced upon the CPA Australia’s booth at a university fair in Singapore after receiving my GCE A-Level results and found out about the positive impact that I could make as a trusted business advisor and controller of finance resources. Soon after, I enrolled myself in the SIM-RMIT Accountancy programme and I am glad that I made that choice. Why did you choose SIM GE to pursue your degree studies? I felt it was the next best option for me to pursue an accounting degree in Singapore after autonomous universities. My decision to study with RMIT at SIM turned out to be a good one because it provided me with a balanced and well-rounded education. How did your student experience at SIM aid you in your career success? I would like to give credit to the strong industry collaboration between CPA Australia and SIM-RMIT. I was introduced to CPA Australia’s internship programme during a career event held jointly by SIM and CPA Australia in 2010.  It was there that I secured an internship with one of the Big Four accounting firms. This internship paved the way for me to secure a permanent role with the same firm and establish a strong footing in the industry. How has the degree programme that you studied at SIM-RMIT helped you in achieving your aspirations and dreams? The degree allowed me to pursue CPA Australia's professional programme right after graduation with exemptions. The subjects taught at SIM-RMIT also enabled me to have a better appreciation of the topics taught in the professional modules that I took. As a result, I did not have any troubles passing the CPA exams and obtaining my certified CPA status. Tell us more about your involvement as a mentor in SIM GE and why you chose to take up this role. To me, being a mentor is a way to pay it forward. I have received help at some point in my life when I needed it the most. I know that by passing along my knowledge and experience to the others, it can help to shape their career perspectives and leave a positive impact on their lives.  Since 2017, I have participated actively as a mentor in the mentoring programmes conducted by SIM GE such as SIM Project Protégé [1]  and the SIM Accounting Association. What do you most enjoy about your job? Working in one of the Big Four firms has enabled me to acquire knowledge and expertise at an unmatched rate. I have developed skills that cannot be easily mastered anywhere else. At work, there are constantly opportunities to meet and network with like-minded professionals, and some of them even became my very close friends. In addition, I get to work closely with top executives from the financial sector, allowing me to understand and learn from their perspectives. What are your future career plans? I aspire to be a partner at a Big Four firm. Over the next few years, I will continue to hone my technical competencies and build strong and lasting relationships with my clients. [1]  Project Protégé is a 4-month mentorship programme for SIM GE students. This programme provides a platform for the mentors to share their professional experiences, career advice, job search strategies as well as their career-related expertise. #IChoseTheSIMPathway #ThisIsMyStory Click here to learn more about the programmes awarded by RMIT University. Posted online, 16 Dec 2019