I need a little help here. I need to find out if I am mistaken, or the other nine people who were part of a recent conversation were mistaken
I was floored by a comment made the other day. In fact, I was involved in a two-part flooring. Flooring the first. I was talking to some other members of our local chapter about involvement of colleges in internal audit programs and students’ approaches to internal audit . Someone made the comment that nobody was hiring auditors straight from college any more, and college students were not looking to go straight into an internal audit role. I picked myself up from that proverbial floor when I was knocked down by flooring the second. Absolutely none of the other nine people privy to the conversation disagreed.
Take me at my word here. I did not misunderstand what was said, nor did I misunderstand the intent of the statement or the implication of the others’ silence.
I am perplexed, befuddled, and bewildered. I know I have antiquated concepts of what it means to be an auditor (not to mention my anciently decrepit concepts of what it means to be a college student), but I hate to think that I am so out of touch that I missed the announcement that internal audit is no longer a valid career choice for college students. Even worse, that companies do not see internal audit as a true career path. I was living under the (apparently) false assumption there were companies who see audit as a good introduction to the company - an opportunity to come straight from college, learn how the company works, and learn solid analytical and leadership skills. I was under the (apparently) false assumption that there were students out there learning about internal audit and recognizing the career opportunities that existed. I was under the (apparently) false assumption that companies recognized the value of internal audit as a source of talent (particularly with the new emphases on risk and operational reviews).
Please set me straight. Am I wrong or am I right?