Ep31: My job as a Big 4 external auditor.

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In this episode, Mei Phing shares her experience as an external auditor, discussing challenges such as cultural differences, communication barriers, and managing workload and client expectations in a fast-paced environment.



00:18 πŸ”Š Mei Phing shares her corporate experience as an external auditor with a small audit firm in Penang, Malaysia.

01:43 πŸ”Š She talks about the challenges she faced in the small company, including cultural differences and communication barriers with colleagues.

03:57 πŸ”Š Mei Phing explains the manual and paperwork-intensive nature of auditing in a small company.

05:36 πŸ”Š She discusses the benefits of working in a small company, such as gaining a better understanding of the entire audit process and being involved in senior conversations.

07:01 πŸ”Š Mei Phing shares her experience working with Ernst & Young Singapore in the financial services department, highlighting the structured nature and formal communication within a larger company.

09:46 πŸ”Š She emphasizes the importance of managing client relationships and workload as an external auditor, and the need for time management and effective teamwork.

12:18 πŸ”Š Mei Phing reflects on the valuable skills gained from her experience as an external auditor and how it has helped her career growth.


Key Insights

πŸ—’οΈ Mei Phing’s experience as an external auditor highlights the challenges of working in a diverse team, where cultural and language differences can affect communication and collaboration.

πŸ“š The manual and paperwork-intensive nature of auditing in a small company can be overwhelming, emphasizing the need for effective organization and time management skills.

πŸ’Ό Working in a small company allows for a more holistic understanding of the audit process and opportunities to be involved in senior conversations, providing valuable learning experiences.

🌐 Joining a larger company like Ernst & Young brings structure and formal communication, requiring adaptability and the need to re-learn frameworks and processes.

⏰ Effective time management and prioritization skills are crucial for managing multiple audit engagements and meeting internal and external deadlines.

🀝 Building rapport with colleagues and maintaining strong client relationships are essential for success as an external auditor, as it contributes to client satisfaction and overall reputation.

πŸ“ˆ Mei Phing highlights the transferable skills gained from her experience as an external auditor, such as adaptability, teamwork, and the ability to work in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.



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