The financial and internal controls of an organization are assessed by an auditor to prevent fraud and manipulation of company data and records. Most accountants also perform similar tasks but they are typically related to preparation of the financial statements, an auditor however oversees evaluation of many other tasks and reports the findings to the organizations. There are specific skills, education and experience that they need before they embark on an auditing career. Here are a few steps:
In order to pursue a career in auditing and find audit jobs it is important to take courses related to the field in high school. Most of these relevant courses belong to the business management stream and include accounting, economics and finance to name a few. Most organizations will require you to have a bachelor’s degree at the least while some prefer further education up to a master’s degree. Most of those who go up to earn an associates degree are hired as junior accountants and work their way up to auditing positions.
Participating in an internship will give you hands-on experience on the type of work an auditor entails in whilst providing a platform of opportunities to make connections in your industry. Internships are considered during the summer during the break from studying. While most internship are at accountancy and auditing firms, you may even find finance recruiters in Singapore looking for short-term summer interns so make sure to keep your options open when seeking for internships.
Learn a second language
Although learning a second language is not mandatory and is not required at all companies, it will surely set you apart from the rest of the competition and auditors in the market. For example; if you decide to pursue work in a government agency, chances are that there are many bilingual speakers and a second language may be mandatory in order to get the job. It is important to have a clear idea of what language you choose to learn and how it will benefit your career and personal goals. Learning Spanish would be ideal if your area of work is in the US closer to California or Texas as speaking Spanish would be considered a valuable asset in certain financial organizations there.
Getting certified is not a strict requirement however; once again this would depend on the organization and the area in which you plan to work. Since there are various types of certifications, it is important to research and find one that is credible and desirable for auditors.