Magazine article Careers & Colleges

Auditor

Magazine article Careers & Colleges

Auditor

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Examines accounts and inventories to help companies operate effectively.

Amy Markowitz once pictured accountants as geeks with pocket protectors who spend days in front of adding machines. Now that she is one, she knows the reality is different.

Markowitz, 27, is a senior accountant in the auditing division at Ernst & Young LLP, in New York City. "I work with cool people," says Markowitz, whose clients include Marvel Enterprises, Inc. (the comic book publisher), the jeweler Harty Winston, and fashion designer Donna Karan. And instead of spending all day tapping on a calculator, when she is checking on a company's inventoty she might be wading through piles of the latest fashions or the most expensive diamond necklaces.

A career in accounting was far from her mind when Markowitz entered the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. "I thought I was going to be an English major," the Great Neck, New York native says. "I was never math-oriented at all."

But an accounting class in her sophomore year changed her mind. During the summer between her junior and senior years, Markowitz did an internship with Ernst & Young and received a job offer from the firm at the end of the summer. She returned there after graduating from the Wharton School of Business in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in economics.

Clients hire auditors like Markowitz to review their financial practices and make recommendations about how to improve them if necessary. Markowitz works as part of a team that sets up shop at the client's offices. Team members review financial records, such as bank statements, but they also look at actual inventory to make sure companies are keeping accurate counts.

"If I want to make a spot check, I'll tell them I want to see a certain necklace that's on their list, and they will have to show to it me," says Markowitz.

Marvel has a toy business, so she will go to its factory and check out the fun inventory. …

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