The Audit Career Path
Your gateway to business.
As a graduate of the Vanderbilt MAcc program, engaging assignments, challenging projects and a rewarding growth path await you in the audit service line of an international professional services firm. Public accounting is a people business, where teamwork is central to success. You’ll have the chance to work with people of many backgrounds and views, and your role will be one that can have real impact. Your career path can lead to a spot as firm partner, as an executive or CEO in the corporate sector, as a consultant or as an entrepreneur.
This challenging career path exposes you to a wide variety of businesses, from startups to global corporations and a range of industries, and offers almost limitless opportunities for growth.
Spotlight: Day in the Life of an Auditor
The typical day for an auditor can be anything but typical. It’s a fast-paced, challenging environment. You’ll be assigned to client service teams for companies in a variety of industries and you’ll work most days on-site at the client’s location. Some of your responsibilities will run throughout the year; others will emerge overnight as clients’ needs arise. Your job will be to research your work thoroughly, document it carefully and communicate it effectively—with clients and managers in your firm—resolving technical issues through virtual dialogue with content experts around the world.
You’ll hear veterans in the field say that year one in a public accounting profession is similar to a boot camp, but it’s an investment in your future where the rewards are well worth it: great learning experiences, development of technical skills, building relationships with peers and clients and often incentives for outstanding performance.
Partner Firm Career Sites
The Vanderbilt MAcc program is deeply committed to your success. We will provide personalized consultation to you throughout the program, including helping prepare you to succeed in interviews for internship placement. We also facilitate several firm and school-sponsored events to help you learn more about the public accounting profession and career opportunities in this field.
Your individualized support includes:
- Questions about placement policies and firm involvement
- Resume critiques
- Help with networking and corresponding with partner firms and alumni
- Interview preparation and mock interviews
- Scheduling internship interviews with firms
- Scheduling when to attend firm socials and information sessions
- Answering your questions about CPA educational requirements by state and the CPA exam sign-up process
- Answering your questions about the Becker CPA review course
Taking place between Mods 1 and 2, Immersion Week is jam-packed with both academic and recruiting activities. During the Seminar in Advanced Audit Topics class, guest speakers from each of the partner firms will lead discussions about a variety of audit subjects, such as legal liability, audit committees, financial statement fraud and the code of conduct for CPAs. Beyond the classroom, you will have formal interviews during the day and social events at night with each of the partner firms. These events offer unparalleled access to representatives from Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Grant Thornton, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers.