Five college seniors with majors in accounting are discussing alter - native career plans. The first senior plans to become an internal revenue agent because his primary interest is income taxes. He believes the background in tax auditing will provide him with better exposure to income taxes than will any other available career choice. The second senior has decided to go to work for a CPA firm for at least 5 years, possibly as a permanent career. She believes the variety of experience in auditing and related fields offers a better alternative than any other available choice. The third senior has decided on a career in internal auditing with a large industrial company because of the many different aspects of the organization with which internal auditors become involved. The fourth senior plans to become an auditor for the GAO because she believes that this career will provide excellent experience in computer risk assessment techniques. The fifth senior plans to pursue some aspect of auditing as a career but has not decided on the type of organization to enter. He is especially interested in an opportunity to continue to grow professionally, but meaningful and interesting employment is also a consideration.
a. What are the major advantages and disadvantages of each of the four types of auditing careers?
b. What other types of auditing careers are available to those who are qualified?