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Meet An Auditor: Jessica McCabe

mccabe Name & Age: Jess McCabe, 24

Current job and location: BDO USA, LLP – Assurance Associate in Boston

Number of years with the firm: 1 year

Hometown: Avon, MA

College/Major: Bentley University/Accounting

Briefly describe your current role at the firm?

As an assurance associate, I work alongside seniors, managers, and partners to perform testing on our clients’ financial statement areas to ensure they are free of material misstatement to the best of our knowledge. The testing we perform can include sampling to ensure expenses exist, recalculating rollforwards and schedules, and even going to a clients’ warehouse to perform a physical inventory observation.

What one personal quality helps you most in your auditing career and why?

The quality that helps me the most is having a positive attitude. At times, the work can be challenging and we work long hours but I think being able to see the silver lining of a situation makes a world of difference!

What experience as an undergraduate student provided you with the best preparation for your job and why? This could be class, major, internship, job, family member, etc.

As grueling as they are, I think working on group projects helped prepare me a ton! As auditors, we work almost exclusively in a team-based environment and understanding how to work alongside many different types of people has been a huge help.

What advice, personal or professional, do you have for students considering a career in auditing?

My advice to students considering a career in public accounting is that auditing is a great way to start your career in accounting in general! I’ve learned so much in the short year that I’ve worked as an auditor that I’m not sure I would have in a different position. It also helps that my day-to-day includes seeing new and different clients as often as every week!

What has been the best part of your job and why?

The best of my job has been working with the people I do. I really enjoy working in a team environment and having the support to ask questions and bounce ideas off of my supervisors and peers – and we have many laughs in between as well!