Nguyen Luu Tuyen
Young and ambitious
Nguyen Luu Tuyen, 26
(internal control and operational risk manager)
Calyon Bank - Vietnam branch
Q How would you describe a typical day?
A My work starts typically at 8am. I'll review the outstanding internal audit recommendations, their respective status and check any 'blocking' points. On top of that, I'll constantly update the branch manager and other department heads on local internal controls issues, this includes the identification of key risk indicators and issuing reports of weaknesses found in the unit's internal control system.
Q What inspired you to join a bank rather than an accounting firm or another commercial company?
A Prior to joining Calyon Bank, I worked for Ho Chi Minh City-based KPMG Vietnam for three years in external auditing, where I was required to deliver auditing services for various banking institutions. From there, I discovered the many opportunities that financial institutions could provide in developing my professional career. True enough, I've managed to develop further knowledge in accounting and auditing here at Calyon Bank, not to mention the soft skills, which have given me the mobility to move from one industry to another.
Q What's your number one ambition?
A Working for a financial institution as permanent controller. As I'm also a lecturer for the CAT/ACCA courses, I aspire to be the best in what I am involved in, both the financial industry and my teaching career. In future, I'll use my abilities to contribute more to the company's growth, and to my country, through the passing on of my knowledge and experience to the next generation.
Q Will the credit crunch affect your career plan?
A The credit crunch has increased worries about bad debts and has emphasised the role of internal control, particularly credit control. Despite the fact that Vietnam has not been seriously affected by the credit crunch, its exposure to the global market is rising. I can see both challenges and opportunities, and I'm prepared to grab any opportunity that comes along during this crisis.
Q Can you achieve a work/life balance?
A While working and teaching simultaneously can be very challenging, I've managed to juggle work and family responsibilities. Support from family, especially my husband, is a valuable source of motivation.
Q If I wasn't an accountant, I would be...
A...spending time with my family at Vietnam's Ha Long Bay, a World Heritage site. Alexandria Li, journalist