If this trend keeps up, you'd have to think they will need to start offering more $$$. Archived. The main tracks for exit opportunities seem to be internal audit, project management, and security. Discussion. Can you describe your week to week experience? Financial audit is typical accounting positions exit opps, like senior accountant, assistant controller, and controller. From your experience or what you've seen/heard, how do exit opportunities from public accounting compare for those in financial audit versus those in IT audit? Anyone know of what's out there for anyone wanting to leave IT audit? Sounds promising. Can't really speak from experience, but my friend's sister who was in KPMG IT Audit for years and never really broke a sweat... and she had a TERRIBLE work ethic in my opinion.
I’m very thankful for my job, but I keep thinking to myself, what next? Any tips/advice would be appreciated. The question I would pose to yourself is what makes you think IT audit would be more interesting?
I was always curious to see how the the IT Audit life was. Auditing is an endless cycle that could get tedious over time. Just sort of depends on what sort of clientele you audited and what sort of certifications you have.
A recruiter can probably help you word smith your resume to make it fit to w/e kind of position you are looking for. As others' have indicated, IT auditors do enjoy a higher work life balance and higher salary, at least in the Big 4, given their advisory status. I'm currently a Big 4 first year associate (4 months in) doing IT Audit and don't enjoy it at all. I recently joined a small consulting firm as part of their PCI/security team and became a QSA. Press J to jump to the feed. Learn about the IT audit career path. I sent you a message! Posted by 3 years ago. Then think about what makes you want to be a CFO/Controller? But I really doubt the expertise of big 4 IT audit helping to prepare you for that.
How long did you do IT Audit before that opportunity presented itself? A lot of people who spends a few years on them exit either in technical IT management roles or more technical IT consulting.
i do ERP consulting for medium sized businesses for a consulting company (~50 people, international company). however, i was lucky enough to make the jump straight from public. The downside of this is because IT audit has typically enjoyed a higher work-life balance than financial audit, the larger firms seem to think they can just get by with stretching their current resources instead of paying what the market is demanding while keeping that line in the water hoping some fish comes by willing to take a lower salary. This is the first exit point. The Big 4 IT Auditors seem to get a lot of travel as well. I got a degree in accounting and hated IT audit at Deloitte.
I really hate the work (mostly being an auditor in general) and I want to work in a more consulting style environment. Primarily for accountants and aspiring accountants to learn about and discuss their career choice. The systems experience is key it seems like.
Would you be able to describe what sort of exit opportunities do exist for IT Audit? A solid two to three years’ experience would put you as a “certified” Big 4 auditor, with all your fundamentals set. (B4 in a fairly large metro area) Some people traveled a lot, especially senior managers. CIO is certainly a potential one though still relatively uncommon. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. Advice and questions welcome. i love my job so far and i feel like i'm advancing and growing much faster than i was in public.
We have ten open positions for IT auditors at my company. Close. The demand for IT auditors far exceeds the supply.
IT Auditors I've seen typically only work at huge technology heavy complex pre-IPOs, public companies, and firms. Just a guess, but I would think you're going to come up with different answers and you need to evaluate which of these answers you want to work towards. Ya though financial auditors can do IA too, just won't be IT focused as a speciality. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. I come from a financial audit background and it's a whole different world compared to IT audit because you're not really dealing with accounting principles and details on the balance sheets or income statements. share. Maybe CIO route?
What firm are you at/what firms are the big players in that space? You really just need to identify a position you want to get and look for a company that's willing to hire you based on the skills you have from being an auditor. Can confirm. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. I'm in the consulting world having escaped IT audit, so more than happy to answer any questions or concerns. IT Audit Exit Opportunities. save hide report. How does ERP consulting work?
Transaction Services (TS) is the desirable option, as many ambitious auditors seek a front office career. I live around Silicon Valley and there seems to be an endless demand around here for IT Audit, they simply can't staff enough roles it seems. My feeling is generally there's more jobs out there for regular financial auditors since it's such a 'generalist' role. I did Accounting+Finance+MIS in college, but I feel like my school's MIS program was... not great. Transaction Services, Transaction Advisory Services, Deals Advisory, Advisory Services – these are all the first destination points aft… i have no soul, eGRC consulting is the way to go.
Did you have prior IT experience? Advice and questions welcome. Need some advice for exit opportunities in Big 4 IT audit. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. Thanks for the reply. I would agree with Potatogun, becoming a CFO or Controller is not really a transition from IT Audit. It's true everywhere around the country. i cannot take another screenshot or i will die. i pivoted from public accounting to here. Press J to jump to the feed. Often when I worked at the Big 4, I questioned what IT auditors did with their lives because they always left at 5. Did they teach you not to capitalize the first word of a sentence? Hey man, curious as to what you do exactly as an IT consultant. IT Audit is a lot of internal audit, risk and compliance type stuff, and IT security roles I'd imagine. i was actually looking at moving into IT audit first, since i had some audit experience.
I cover the IT auditor salary, hours, certifiations, exit opportunities, and more details of IT auditing. Primarily for accountants and aspiring accountants to learn about and discuss their career choice. Feel free to shoot me a message if you have any questions and I can provide some feedback based on my experiences in the industry. A busy week for IT Audit is a lot less busy than financial audit on a public client from what I've heard. You're reaching the point where it's going to become more difficult to change paths once you start down one. I was able to get involved with the data analytics group where I then split my time with IT audit. One of my good friends went on to become a solutions consultant. Any tips/advice would be appreciated. Also, how you progressed from Public accounting to where you are now. I love IT and my major was both IS and Finance so I thought this would be a good fit for me but I just don't enjoy the work. I'll add to what others have been saying, the demand for IT auditors and SOC reporting is insane right now. I like both so far, but in a year or so I'll want to move to big 4 and I imagine I'll have to specialize at that point. You don't have to deal with the entire audit process but you know enough about audit and compliance to give consultation services. Good luck getting out!
Switched from Big 4 IT audit to eGRC consulting. I feel that IT Audit might be more interesting but I don't want it to completely stranglehold my opportunities. I recently joined a small consulting firm as part of their PCI/security team and became a QSA.
Press J to jump to the feed. Based on your certifications, it seems very InfoSec based, am I correct? So at my current firm I get to do a mix of financial audits (primarily) with some IT audit work mixed in (mostly ITGCs to support financial audits, and will be on some SOC 1's). As to 'IT Audit Life' it mostly depends on your client base. When I was in public nearly every client of mine had open positions. When I worked at ITRA at EY, we did some Internal Audit Co-Sourcing for Fortune 100 bank and the had more than 30 IT audits and handful of them were super technical. let me know if you have specific questions. I have been wondering which would provide with me the best possible exit opportunities after a Big 4 Career. I did not travel personally because I was on all local clients, but they all had staggered year ends. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. I looked up CIO and CTO positions and it does seem pretty interesting but with a CPA and a MBA I was thinking you could still transition into a controller or CFO role but I guess it is unlikely.
An independent & unique insight into the natural career landscape out of traditional accounting and audit. I have been wondering which would provide with me the best possible exit opportunities after a Big 4 Career. I took it without hesitation and haven't regretted it. From there, I was able to get on a project helping a technical accounting team with some data and in the middle of the project, they offered me a job as a Sr. Revenue Analyst. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. Primarily for accountants and aspiring accountants to learn about and discuss their career choice. I'm enjoying the work a lot more, and I'm now on the information security track (mgr of info sec, director/vp of info sec, ciso, etc.).
So my foundations are a little shaky; is that ok or would I need to educate myself some more? Exit Opportunities. I'm enjoying the work a lot more, and I'm now on the information security track (mgr of info sec, director/vp of info sec, ciso, etc.). Advice and questions welcome. I feel like a generalist with relatively no hard skills (I’m mainly on excel or conducting interviews).
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