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Meet An Auditor: Julie Touretzky

julietName & Age: Julie Touretzky, 24

Current job and location: Campus Recruiter, RSM US LLP, NYC, NY

Number of years with the firm: 2 years

Hometown: Bridgewater, NJ

College/Major: University of Delaware, 2014. Major: Accounting (Minor: International Business)

1. Briefly describe what is your current role at the firm?

I started my career with RSM in our commercial audit practice in NYC. I completed two busy seasons and have now transitioned to being a campus recruiter for the firm. I travel to various college campuses and attend career fairs, club meetings, and banquets in order to help promote RSM and recruit top talent for audit, tax and consulting entry-level and intern positions. I also help organize and run the summer internship program, as well as our Pathways Summer leadership program.

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

Having strong communication skills is key. I feel like people sometimes think of accounting as a stereotype where you sit at your desk and crunch numbers. Auditing is very much a people-oriented career. You need to be in constant communication with the members of your team and also be able to communicate your needs to the company you are auditing.

3. What experience as an undergraduate student provided you with the best preparation for your job and why?
My audit internship helped me prepare for working full time. I interned with McGladrey (now RSM) in the Blue Bell, PA office. I was treated like an entry-level associate and it allowed me to experience firsthand what a typical day as an auditor would be like. I loved getting to travel to different companies and work with different engagement teams. From this experience, I knew I wanted to start my career in audit.

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

Start building your network early! There are tons of different opportunities in audit to explore and the only way to do that is to put yourself out there early in your college career. You have to figure out what size firm you want to work for and the type of engagments you would want to work on. The best way to do that is to hear it firsthand from professionals in the field and through job shadowing and internship opportunities.

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

The relationships I have built in the last two years have definitely been the best part of my job. I have made so many connections from the entry-level associates all the way up to the partners, which have also helped me in my campus recruiting role. I can reach out to any of them to accompany me to events on campus or assist with interviews. Not only do they help me at work but I am able to consider a lot of these people my friends. You spend a lot of time with your teams when you are auditing and it makes work easier when you enjoy the people you are working with.