A Year in the Life of an Auditor

Tamara Gaslin-Taylor

Audit Staff

April 13, 2016

One year ago I started at PKM and I had no real clue what I was getting myself into. I had previously worked in industry creating financial statements and came to PKM hoping for a change. My first few days were terrifying, I felt like there was no way I could learn everything that I was being taught in training and I feared I would not succeed. Once I started to meet my fellow auditors, the fear started to wear off, everyone I met was very kind, friendly, and genuinely wanted to help me learn. In such a fast paced environment, the ability to ask questions of everyone, including partners, made me feel like I was a part of a team that was looking for everyone do to well. I quickly learned that being an auditor is not easy. Every week there is a different task to master and a new assignment to complete. In that regard, I really enjoy the variety of public accounting. Each week we work in different teams and on different clients, which gives us the opportunity to meet new people and overcome new challenges. This constant change keeps things interesting, no matter what I work on there is something new to learn each week. The more I worked with people the better I got to know everyone, and I realized that working as an auditor creates a great environment to make amazing friends. As an auditor we travel together on a weekly basis. After all of this time together at work, it would be reasonable to assume that we do not see each other outside the workplace, but that would be an incorrect assumption. We often get together on weekends to celebrate birthdays, go to a festival, or even attend sporting events. One year at PKM and I have not only worked on over 30 clients doing financial statement audits, internal audits, and 401K audits, but I have also met some great people. Happy anniversary to me!