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positive aspects of auditing

so it looks like people are looking for positives in our field, since the negatives are usually heavily publicized. Here's a list, in no particular order:
a) You're rarely ever stuck in the same monotonous space style
b) You work with people around your age range
c) You get to travel around the country, but not enough to be living out of suitcases for extended weeks
d) You get to work with so many different people and so many different personalities, that when you leave, you'll be like Dr. Phil at your next job. It'll take someone with a ridiculous personality to stress you out.
e) You get to manage a team within 2-3 years of graduating from college. There aren't many other places you can do this. No management book can teach you better than managing people yourself. Not Stephen Covey, not Jack Welch, or whatever the management guru seems to be.
e) Change, Change, Change. You're always shaken out of your comfort zone, be it a new client or location
f) Interaction - You get to interact with CFOs and controllers at different clients, whereas at a normal accounting job, it's pretty much your boss and his boss. I'll be honest, it's a good feeling discussing the business and accounting implications with the higher-ups.
g) Save on a gym membership for 3 months a year - You don't need to spend $100-$300 on gym fees from Jan - March since you're not going to use it.
h) You save a lot of money during busy season. You don't pay for your dinners, and you can't even muster the energy to go out 2 nights a week, saving you a lot of money
i) You don't pay for gas - Sure, you might drive a lot, but you just don't care about paying for gas, since it'll be reimbursed anyway
j) You'll be forced to study for and hopefully pass the CPA, which in the long run, is worth it.
k) Recession-tolerant: Sure, we've had layoffs. But it's not because the firms aren't doing well. It's because we're not leaving, forcing them to cut people. Even if companies file Ch 11, they still need auditors.

11 positives. Do the negatives outweigh the positives? I'll be honest, I don't even feel like listing out the negatives now. It'll be akin to taking a depressant...if such a thing exists.


Adam said…
Do auditors typically drive a lot to client sites? I always imagined taking a company car or something...I guess it doesn't matter if we're stationed in a large city, but what about auditors outside cities?
Himanshu said…
I am an accounting student, I have been reading this blog since past some time. This blog has been very helpful and informative. It provides a positive attitude towards the audit world (which I think stems from you liking your work). Keep blogging :) !

PS: I liked bullet G as the biggest advantage.
notfordisplay said…
we take our own cars as long as it's within driving distance, i.e. 0-2 hours. If you have to fly out to your destination, you can rent a car.
Hope this helps.
TheNewHire said…
I was referred to this post by re:theauditors twitter account. After reading about so many negatives at re:theauditors, it is a breath of fresh air to see someone posting about the positives (not that there aren't any negatives.)

I just started a new blog about my college experience and my experiences leading up to starting at a Big 4. I hope you can check it out at

I look forward to your posts!

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