Career Tips

  • Long-standing readers of my articles and Audit Agony Aunt responses will have heard me wax-lyrical many-a-time about the difference between effectiveness and efficiency. I make no apology today for returning to my soap box.
  • All businesses have objectives and, like any goals, they need to be regularly assessed to make sure they’re on track, involving the notification of discrepancies and recommendations for rectification. This is where internal auditing comes in.
  • ‘What is the difference between internal and external auditing?’ This is one of the most asked questions by graduates who are considering a career in the field of audit.
  • Gone are the days when the only way to find a job is by looking at classified ads in daily newspapers. Today, with the rise of social media, job hunting has become interactive and creative, so long as you know how to use it to its greatest advantage.
  • Audit + Risk, another pairing of soul mates! Welcome to Audit Advantage, our regular exploration of the expertise and aptitudes you need to broaden your audit wings and operated as a fully-fledged T-shaped professional.
  • Effective stakeholder management is integral to effective audit and, as an auditor, is it also going to be equally essential to your career success and personal well-being.
  • For those of you too young to remember, it was Gordon Gekko in the 1987 film ‘Wall Street’ who gave us the classic line: ‘Lunch? Aw, you gotta be kidding. Lunch is for wimps’.
  • Mark Jansen, Partner - Risk Assurance at PwC Singapore speaks about his experiences of working as an Australian expat in Singapore and the benefits of living in the truly cosmopolitan city.
  • Leadership theory is prolific with models, styles and types. While you don't need to know all the detail, it can be helpful to understand where your own line manager sits on the continuum so you can flex your own approach accordingly.
  • After a nine year 'sabbatical', I re-joined the corporate race earlier this month. With my glossy visage swinging merrily on a lanyard, the bliss of IT on short dial and equipped with my securID for remote intranet access, from home office to open plan, this is back to the future for me.
  • Welcome to a brand new professional development series, created, crafted and customised to the needs of the audit professional.
  • 'Elephant in the room' is an English metaphorical idiom for an obvious truth that is either being ignored or going unaddressed. The idiomatic expression also applies to an obvious problem or risk no one wants to discuss.
  • In our final chapter, we'll revisit the essence of resilience and take a look back at what it takes to develop resilience as an auditor.
  • Throughout this programme we've regularly alluded to the importance of help and support, both in building resilience and remaining resilient. Our penultimate lesson is wholly dedicated to these often undervalued resources; we'll be considering why they matter and what you can do to strengthen you...
  • Let's start a quick quiz. Which of these words belong together: audit, smart, risk, controls, cool, systems, compliance, assurance, sexy, humour?
  • A company's personality is shaped by its values and ethics, missions, goals and expectations. We think you should think about the concept seriously before you change job.
  • So you have been offered a new consultancy job, but how can you ensure you live up to the expectations of your new boss?
  • An exciting future in another country could be more than just a dream for audit professionals who choose the right career moves.
  • Research tells us that we learn the most through experiencing memorable narratives and this is no different when it comes to job applications.
  • This month we look at confidence: what it is and why it matters, and how it is integral to your personal and professional resilience.