Why I chose the Tax Graduate Scheme at Gerald Edelman
Joining the Tax Graduate Scheme at Gerald Edelman means you get complete exposure to real life scenarios while learning and studying to become a fully qualified Chartered Tax Accountant, which is exactly what Tax Associate Zongyan Zhuang is currently doing.
In this team story, we chat with Yan and reflect on where he was before he joined GE and how his role has a huge part to play in the growth of our Asian Division.
What is a random fact about yourself?
A random fact about me is that I am allergic to fruit! Since the age of 6 I’ve not been able to eat fruit! And as I learned the hard way, yes a tomato is a fruit!
What did you do before you joined GE?
I grew up in China and continued my GCSE’s and higher eduction in the UK. I studied Mathematics and Finance at university here in London. After I graduated, I went on to explore different options: selling, negotiating, even repairs, before landing my role here!
What does your role consist of?
As a tax associate, I focus mostly on personal tax and all related jobs, which I find interesting to deal with. Everyday there is something new to be learnt even with the simplest of tasks. I also assist Lynn Lin, Partner and Head of Asia, with translating tax related articles to increase influence among the Asian community. Having been involved in GE’s goals of international reach and expansion since starting here, I am excited to see the journey!
What are your career aspirations?
My aim is to pass my ATT/ CTA and become fully a qualified tax associate.
What is your favourite cuisine?
Chinese! My family’s own cooking is delicious and definitely my favourite – If only I could replicate it, I’d maybe have a career in catering!
What is your favourite thing about GE?
Everyone is so approachable and helpful, not just within my team but throughout the firm!
What did you want to be when you were younger?
A scientist! I am a big fan of Sci-fi films and books. Their inventions and findings are what helped humanity to progress throughout history, so I have a lot of respect for them, hence the inspiration to become one.
What is the most enjoyable part of your working day?
Getting to see my colleagues – that’s why I love going in to the office more than working from home! Also the air con was a life saver during the heatwave!