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Derrick Chan - Singapore

Course: Bachelor of Information Technology 2009 
Institution: The University of Newcastle

My name is Derrick and I’m currently an audit manager in one of the leading banks in the world, Standard Chartered Bank. How I got here is an interesting story, closely linked to my education at the University of Newcastle (UON).

After graduating with a Diploma in Electronics Engineering from the Singapore Polytechnic Institute, I was conscripted to the military for two-and-a-half years. Upon completion, I wanted to give myself time to explore different aspects of my field before focusing on a particular area of expertise. I was hired as a system analyst for three years. Throughout my stint I felt that something was lacking.

I enrolled at the reputable University of Newcastle’s Singapore campus and this was my springboard, launch pad, and key to doors with opportunities. As an undergraduate, I learnt and experienced project management from initiation to delivery, presentation and closure, and the end-to-end process.

The assignment groups were very much akin to the audit engagements I’m handling now. Working in groups for assignments gave me ample insight and acumen to managing the projects through effective time management and team dynamics. Often we were encouraged to pose questions and even challenge the lecturer who was presenting. This helped to make me a confident and concise speaker, which put me in a good position for my first job out of University.

I joined the risk consulting division in Deloitte Singapore as an associate after graduating in late 2009. Within four years I have been promoted to senior information systems auditor and my responsibilities broadened to coverage of South East Asia regions, planning, leading audit engagements, providing consultation as a subject matter expert and dealing with audit clients mainly in the banking and financial industry.

I have worked with Standard Chartered Bank since January 2014 in the Group Internal Audit function, which provides global audit coverage. To sum up, UON prepared me for Deloitte, and will continue to assist me as I advance in my career. Forward-looking and careful career planning has put me where I am now. The qualities and values I acquired at UON are aligned to the University’s motto ‘I look ahead’. This I will always carry in me.

Last updated: Tuesday, 8 March 2016 12:09:03 PM

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