My days as an auditor consist of maintaining strong client relationships, focusing on the details, using professional skepticism, and upholding the highest level of integrity. Accountants are not out there saving lives, although some days it feels like it. When hiring someone else to review or be responsible for your finances, you are putting significant faith in their technical skillset, industry knowledge, regulation compliance, and confidentiality practices. As the accountant/auditor, we are trusted to provide top quality work for the lowest/most reasonable expense to our client. At the end of the day, we are providing our professional services, which comes with difficult decisions and personal sacrifice when juggling both the client’s and regulator’s expectations. Accounting and auditing requires major attention to detail and interpersonal skills; so if you like working with numbers and are willing to put in the time and effort, this is the right profession for you.
Anna recommends the following next steps:
- Start networking now and never burn your bridges. You will be amazed at how many people are willing to work with you now or in ten years down the road, when they see you have good intentions while keeping their best interests in mind. The key to starting and growing your own business is establishing a reputation that attracts others.