Ooi Ken-Jee ASA
Sticking to a strict schedule of work, exercise and study, Ooi Ken-Jee, an ASA member of CPA Australia who is currently completing the CPA Program, credits his positive exam results to hard work and discipline. "Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are gym days," he said. "Tuesdays and Thursdays are when I spend two to three hours studying. On weekends, I’ll put in an additional four to five hours of studying."
He emphasised that understanding your own capabilities and knowing your limits is vital to managing stress levels and keeping yourself from burning out. "I’ve been doing one paper a semester and have been fortunate to pass the exams on my first try. It helps to find your pace and take it slow, rather than rushing through it and stressing yourself out," he explained.
Ken-Jee graduated with a Bachelors of Commerce from the University of Queensland in Brisbane and has been a member of CPA Australia’s Young Professionals Network (YPN) since 2014. The YPN is a subcommittee in CPA Australia that provides a platform for young members to generate ideas and organise social and recreational activities.
A self-described introvert, Ken-Jee is grateful to be part of the committee as it presents opportunities for him to meet new people, thus widening his network. "I’m usually shy and guarded at first. Being in YPN has not only taught me how to be more open, but it helped me improve my social and networking skills through the various events and meetings held by the committee," he added.
An avid reader, Ken-Jee spends his free time tucked in a book. "My favourite genres are fantasy and science fiction, especially titles by Dan Abnett and Gav Thorpe," he said. When he’s not engrossed in a book, Ken-Jee takes long drives to unwind and relax. "Sometimes, you just need to get away from the hustle and bustle. When I’m driving and the music is playing in the background, I’m lost in my own world. It’s the best kind of relaxation for me."