All Careers Advice

  • Have the ethics of accountants and audit professionals slipped since the 2001 Enron scandal and dissolution of Arthur Andersen? Following the Ethics Re-Visited survey from September 2018, Simon Wright takes a closer look at the current situation.
  • AG is your complete audit specialist. External audit is what she does, has always done and even after twenty years of honing her expertise, audit, remains, to this day, her professional passion. As a big four audit director, her technical abilities in audit and financial reporting compliance and...
  • The Audit Agony Aunt, Carol McLachlan, interviews four different audit professionals at different stages of their careers. Read their candid interviews and advice for newcomers to the profession.
  • Self confidence, self belief, self regard, self assurance, self worth and self efficacy. We’ve discussed all of these previously on these pages. But how are they different from self esteem and why does self esteem merit its own article?
  • Panos Merziotis, who was working in Cyprus and Greece, and Maria Lantero, who’s originally from Spain, both relocated from mainland Europe to take up positions in Audit at EY UK. Neither have looked back since. So what are their perspectives on settling in a new country with a new firm, and how h...
  • Audits are projects. From the most junior trainee up to director or partner level, we all manage projects or aspects of projects in some shape or form.
  • More and more firms are offering return to work programmes for experienced professionals who either took a career break to raise their children or travelled the world and are now looking for opportunities to combine a rewarding career in a supportive working environment.
  • Meetings…the bread and butter of our business; the glue that holds together our organisations; grist to the mill for each and every one of us!
  • An external audit provides an impartiality that the in-house internal audit team cannot. While internal auditors can’t help but be personally invested in the outcome of their findings, there are no concerns over repercussions for the external auditor.
  • You need to make an ‘impact’ with your CV, at a job interview or when you are doing a presentation, this, we all know. But have you thought about all the other instances where impact matters?
  • Self management is one of the four fundamental quadrants of Emotional Intelligence, which is as, if not more, important to personal success than IQ.
  • Communication skills are important in every career, but for auditing they are a fundamental competence, critical for accurately and effectively collecting, interpreting and disseminating information.
  • Over the many years I have been coaching and mentoring, the standalone, hot, personal development topic of all time, has been, and still remains, the profound angst of the impossible workload.
  • Here the Audit Agony Aunt answers your questions on moving careers.
  • Here the Audit Agony Aunt answers your questions about moving abroad for your audit career.
  • Here the Audit Agony Aunt answers you questions on how to cope with difficult bosses, line managers and senior staff.
  • Are you starting a career in audit but have a few questions? Then take a look through our Audit Agony Aunt series on 'Starting your career in Auditing' and find helpful advice.
  • Have a question about your wellbeing in the work place? Here the Audit Agony Aunt answers your questions.
  • If you’ve ever struggled to find your voice in a meeting, held back when you know you are truly capable, or felt under pressure to conform to something you know isn’t really you, then you know why self confidence matters.
  • Welcome to Barclay Simpson’s 2018 Internal Audit Market Report.