My Favorite Blogs – Life of an Auditor

By Shardul Singh on July 20, 2015

As the name suggests “Life of an Auditor” is a blog written in autobiography style, starting in 2007. The Blogger has since published 300+ blogs and has been regularly publishing.

The reason this blog attracted my attention was it’s simplicity and honesty. Also, as the author has pointed out nobody has talked or written about auditors. It appears that author wants to remain anonymous as his/her details are ‘NOTFORDISPLAY’ on blogspot.

In his blogging, at times he is humorous explaining the complexities and challenges of auditors.

I am including few paragraphs from one of his first blogs here for reference. Remaining can be read at

Life of an Auditor

I’m surprised that nobody’s talked or written about the life of auditors, the very people loathed by companies, and loved by…well, not many. We’re the ones who bug company personnel for invoices and documentation…and more documentation. We then ask questions that either make us look stupid or make the controllers and other accounting personnel look stupid, since they probably are clueless about how what they do affects the entire company. But, that’s for another blog.

Now, how does one become an auditor? You know how kids grow up wanting to become astronauts, doctors, presidents and athletes. Well, nobody grows up wanting to become an auditor. We only major in accounting in college because people tell us that unlike art history or basket weaving, it will lead us to a guaranteed job, which means money. We then have the Big 4 – PriceWaterHouseCoopers, KPMG, Ernst and Young, and Deloitte and Touche – who pounce on college campuses across the nation and recruit some fresh blood to make up for the yearly turnover. The lure of working for huge multi-national firms in big cities combined with decent starting salaries (at the time at least) makes it tough to say no to, especially if potential auditors have no idea what they are in for. For accounting majors, a job at the Big 4 was the holy grail, the rest join the other small public accounting firms. They would all be doing the same shit basically.

This is a blog about our work lives, the sometimes ridiculous intricacies of the audit world, and everything else that comes with it.

Shardul Singh

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Shardul Singh

FRM, CISA, CISSP FinTech Risk & Audit Consultant