What Is a Career in Internal Audit Like? In Conversation with a Chief Internal Audit Officer

On the show today we meet Kate! Kate works as a Chief Internal Audit Officer in the financial services industry in the UK.

Kate kindly shares with us: 

  • Common misconceptions of the internal audit role 
  • An overview of the financial services industry: retail banks & building societies 
  • The purpose of the internal audit role 
  • Internal audit versus external audit 
  • An overview of the typical roles within an internal audit department 
  • What a chief internal audit officer does on an average day 
  • Most enjoyable parts of the role 
  • Challenging parts of the role 
  • Proudest moments in the role 
  • How Kate became a chief internal audit officer from aspiring doctor  
  • Highs of the career journey  
  • Challenges of the career journey  
  • Importance of role models and mentors  
  • Helpful education, training and skills for aspiring internal audit professionals   
  • The future of the internal audit profession 
  • Advice and resources for people who are keen to find out more about a career in the internal audit profession: 
  • Advice for her younger self and you!  

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We also talk about:

  • Having the courage to make tough decisions 
  • The importance of choosing a company and culture where you can be yourself 
  • Managing imposter syndrome 
  • The importance of taking risks and putting yourself in the ‘arena’
  • Knowing and believing in your own value and worth

So if you’re curious and wondering what a chief internal audit officer does or how to become a chief internal audit officer or you just want to be inspired – listen or watch and enjoy! 

PS – If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please get in touch, we would love to hear from you!