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I am starting my career in audit in September at a European office. I know that the companies have very good training programmes, yet I still feel like preparing myself in any way possible. Do you have any tips for me and other new hires?

To be honest, there's no need to prepare. Even the training programs are insufficient. The majority of your training will be on-the-job, i.e. when you're in the field and your senior associates are teaching you how to audit. In fact, I'd venture to say that the people who participate a lot in training are not the best in your training class a majority of the time. Just focus on your senior's training the first few weeks at the client, and you should be golden. Of course, your senior should have the necessary competencies to  teach well.

My first senior was horrendous. My first day on the job, he comes up to me and asks me to audit receivables, and then leaves. A fellow staff associate who started client work a week before I did helped me out. To this day I won't forget how shoddy that senior was. So in summary, I hope your first senior is a strong one. Ask lots of questions, but make sure to think a little before you ask them, and you should be in good shape. 

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Anonymous said…
Current senior here. Depending on how much experience you have with Excel, I would consider spending time trying to learn some Excel skills (vlookups, pivot tables, etc.). My undergrad was light on Excel and it's an area where I've always felt behind.
Anonymous said…
all your learning is on the field training. training is like a conclusion of what you have learn so far.

that is just my personal opinion of the training session i attended so far.
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