What do you do at RSM?
I work in the risk advisory department, based in central London. I’ve spent the past two years working as an internal auditor, helping businesses improve the way they operate. My clients are based in the financial services sector, including banks and brokers through to insurers and building societies.
What does an average day look like?
The role is varied: I might be meeting with members of an organisation's senior management, such as the chief operating officer or director of finance, or identifying issues that pose a risk to the organisation. I write risk-based reports that include recommendations on how certain processes could be improved. These are sent to the client and presented to audit committees and/or meetings of the board. I also follow up on recommendations that have been made as part of previous reviews.
What do you like about RSM?
I like the challenge of working across a broad range of sectors. The internal audit department has an extremely well-established and rapidly diversifying portfolio of clients, spanning government, health, education, corporate and financial services sectors. I previously worked across all these sectors, but recently chose to specialise in financial services.
I also like the fact that I was given responsibility early on - once you’ve demonstrated that you’re developing the desired skills and technical abilities within this role, you’ll be provided with a lot of new opportunities.
What are your top tips for success at RSM?
Be ready to stand on your own two feet and be a driver for the direction you want your career to take. There are countless opportunities available within RSM and you need to take the initiative to branch out and build your professional network to make the most of these options.
Don't be afraid to jump in at the deep end and take on work that may seem daunting, as this is an excellent example of on the job training that will allow you to accelerate in the early stages of your career.