Person: Shivani Sopory
I think this WDYDAD needs a little bit of an introduction just because nobody knows what I do when I tell them I’m an auditor (not even Noah whose known me for a while now :). So, what do I do? I audit financial statements. Why? Because there’s a statistic that says that 8 out of 10 spreadsheets created have errorsâ€¦that’s a lot of errors, and I don’t know what the statistics are on people incorrectly interpreting accounting rules or intentionally managing their funds but I’m sure they are pretty high. I think most people recognize auditors when I mention Arthur Andersen and Enronâ€¦so, what I do is equivalent to what Andersen was doing for Enronâ€¦except without all the fraud, etc.
I didn’t grow up wanting to be an auditor, I don’t think many auditors do, and it’s not one of those professions that people line up to learn about at career fairs either, but since I started (6 months ago), it’s been a definite learning experience. Every day I’m working on something different, every month I’m working with a different team and about every two months I’m working with a different client. So, I tried to make this WDYDAD pretty general so that I can call it a typical day. Anyhow, Enjoy!
5:30-6:30 am: Roll out of bed, go to the shower without tripping on something or other, shower, brush teeth, try to find semi-decent business casual clothes in my closet that match, put clothes on, grab a glass of orange juice, run out the door
6:30-7:30 am: Drive to work while listening to the following radio stations: 94.9 (you’ve gotta love Strawberry in the Morning and the morning mix!), 101.3, 97.3, 105.3, 89.3 (woohoo, Ohlone College Channel!)
7:30-8:00 am: Check work and personal email, clean out mailbox, read bloglines, check newspaper headlines off nytimes.com, check my blog stats, read okdork.com
8:00-9:00 am: Finish the work that I took home to work on the night before but never really worked on, figure out what tasks to give the interns, review the interns’ workpapers quickly before giving them to the seniors
9:00-9:05 am: Say hi to everyone on the team, make some jokes, go to the kitchen and make myself a cup of coffee (yummy hazelnut coffee)
9:05-11 am: Finish walkthrough documentation and help interns with their work (this is about one question from an intern every 30 minutes that takes about 10-15 minutes to figure out and answer, so not much of my own work actually done), discuss work with seniors, clear comments
11 am- Noon: Chitchat with the client while trying to ask for additional supporting documentation and answers to a sheet of questions
Noon-1:00 pm: Pick up lunch with team, eat lunch while reading gossip websites (msn.com gossip, gofugyourself.com, thesuperficial.com), reply emails, make another cup of coffee because I get REALLY sleepy after lunch
1:00-2:00pm: Repeat of 9:05-Noon
2:00-3:00pm: Walkthrough or interview with client
3:00-4:00pm: Meeting with the team to discuss recent client issues, usually because some problem arose regarding the client’s calculations of a number, their documentation, their supporting documents, or their rationale
4:00-5:00pm: Repeat of 9:05-Noon
5:00-7:30pm: Actually complete work that is assigned to me, write a list of items that I need from the client and email the list to the client, figure out what needs to be done the next day and for the rest of the week
7:30-8:30pm: Drive home
8:30-9:30 pm: Dinner (usually Kashmiri food made by my mom and grandpaâ€¦mmm, yummy), chat with family
If you’ve actually sat through and read this entire article, and you’re still interested in the life of an auditor, check out my blog at shivani.wordpress.com, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.