Can They Count on You? Careers in Auditing in Association with Fish4jobs If You Have a Head for Figures and a Methodical Nature, a Career in Auditing May Appeal. Michelle Rushton Did Her Sums to Find out More
Byline: Michelle Rushton
What does a career in auditing involve?
Auditors examine accounts to see how well organisations controls their finances. They are usually qualified accountants who specialise in audit, and they can be external or internal auditors.
An external auditor produces an independent review of a company's accounts to make sure they are accurate and show a fair view of its financial position. Central and local government and other public sector organisations are also audited to check how public money is being spent and to see if savings can be made. Most organisations need to publish audited accounts by law.
Day to day, auditors are busy examining company accounts, collecting and interpreting figures and identifying any problems or risks to the business.
They also assess the companies' financial reporting systems and make recommendations for improvements.
Internal auditors examine an organisation's polices, procedures and/or finances, and advise on how it could improve efficiency. They can be an employee of the organisation, or might work for a specialist outsourced service.
What personal skills do you need?
You need to have a real head for figures and business, with strong analytical and problem-solving skills. You should also be good at IT with excellent communication skills, as well as being organised and able to manage your workload and time effectively. You should be able to work well alone or as part of a team and conduct yourself with honesty and discretion.
What training do you need? …