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 assurance 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 audit professional 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.
We consider your success fundamental to our program’s success. That’s why the Vanderbilt MAcc program provides you with personalized career consultation and preparation. We’ll help you prepare for interviews for internship placement and will facilitate several firm-hosted interactions and school-sponsored events so you can learn more about your fit in this dynamic and rewarding profession.
Throughout the program we offer the following support:
- Successful placement practices and partner firm involvement
- Candid critique of your resume
- Effective strategies for networking and corresponding with partner firms
- Individualized interview preparation and mock interviewsSeamless scheduling for interviews with partner firms
- Unified process for Becker CPA review course administration, exam scheduling and licensure eligibility
- Facilitated alumni engagement
If we don’t already cover it, at any time during the program you can turn to the Vanderbilt MAcc team for answers to any questions you may have. Then get ready for an exciting career!