We never thought we would go so far on this way, but we kept working on it.
IMA has left a lot of wonderful images in our life since we started to participate in the campus selection competition in November 2018. They are the figure studying the case in the dining hall with lamp at night, the insistence to argue different points of view, the anguish when no ideas came out, the efforts to modify our draft in the opening air at winter night, the presentation rehearsed over and over again and the PPT modified over and over again…With winter passed and summer comes, we encountered a lot of setbacks and tribulations along the way, but we also inroad. So we finally harvested flowers and applause along the way.
2. Room & Board
Upon landing in the United States, we were taken good care of by the IMA organizers. Ms.Lucy made thoughtful arrangements for our food and accommodation. When we checked into the Hilton San Diego hotel, the IMA has already arranged rooms and put customized welcome letters in each room, immediately creating a strong sense of belonging in a foreign country.
In addition, in order to make everyone get to know each other, the host specially arranged a Chinese guests welcome dinner and an international guests welcome dinner. In the dinner, we not only experienced the authentic American banquet and dishes, but also got to know a number of excellent seniors in the industry. It can be said that we really benefited a lot.
The hotel is facing a bay, with all kinds of sailing boats and cruise ships floating in the water. Tropical plants add exotic flavor, and the tropical breeze from the Pacific Ocean surrounds everyone. We raised our glasses and enjoyed ourselves.
During the conference, our team, as the representative of the champion of China, presented our case to American professors and students on the same stage. The four teams from the United States presented a unique way of analysis and presentation. Their detailed and professional analysis of cases greatly expanded our thinking mode.
At the same time, our team's distinctive way of presentation and characteristic analysis process also won unanimous praise from professors and students, judges and experts abroad. When we finished the curtain call, the prolonged applause was our greatest affirmation.
After the presentation, we had an in-depth discussion with the American students about the case competition. After the overseas presentation, our team not only demonstrated the elegant demeanor of Chinese students in case analysis of management accounting, but also exchanged the experience of studying management accounting with foreign students, learning from others to enrich our knowledge and lay a solid foundation for our future study and application of management accounting.
The IMA annual conference held several meetings simultaneously in several sub-sessions, and we took the opportunity to learn the views of industry leaders on core issues such as strategic planning and performance, business acumen and operations, leadership and career development. What impresses us most is the discussion on the application of intelligent technology in financial transformation and future business management. Technology is bound to change our way of life and work in the future, but eliminating some jobs will also catalyze the creation of jobs that are more valuable to the times. As future accountants, we should have a very sensitive attitude to the progress of science and technology, timely capture its development trends and be familiar with advanced science and technology, so as to help ourselves and even enterprises grow. In all, this annual conference covers a wide range of topics and explores deeply, which greatly expands our horizon and broadens our knowledge reserve.
At this annual conference, we are also honored to meet several famous scholars in the field of finance and accounting in China, such as professor Yu Zengbiao from Tsinghua University, professor Wang Liyan from Peking University, professor Guo Xiaomei from Xiamen university, and so on. We also had an encounter with famous businessmen, such as MR.Jian Jinbo, the former finance director in Huawei, and Mr.Wang Yi, a company executive in a state-owned enterprises. In the communication with them, we had a further understanding of management accounting, a clearer grasp of the essence, connotation and development direction of management accounting which benefited us a lot.
5. The end
On June 20, Los Angeles time, we boarded the plane back home and crossed the Pacific again. Our trip to America was over, but our trip to finance and management accounting career had just begun.
With the opportunity of the IMA management accounting case analysis competition, we entered the new world of management accounting. In the years to come, we will remember the teachings of our predecessors and embark on a new journey with our feet firmly on the ground. On the way forward, we will never forget the enlightenment of this competition and this annual conference, and we will never forget a wisp of sea breeze from San Diego.