Laura Associate, Internal Audit - Corporate Internal Audit Department, London
"I’m still learning and I’m sure I’ll still be learning for quite some time."
I joined the RAF in 2004. Adapting to different roles is key to any military person's career. That enables you to go into situations and be confident that you can take in a lot of information. You can learn quickly. I decided to leave the Air Force for a number of reasons. I wanted to explore what it was that I could do in a different industry.
Internal Audit was a surprise for me. People perhaps think it's accountancy, which it most definitely isn't. Internal Audit looks at risks. Clients for us are other divisions within the firm and we would try and submerse ourselves, understand certain elements of that business that we’re auditing, and then we would go away and make sure that everything we had identified is meeting the regulations and risk appetite of the firm. So it gives you a fantastic outlook of Goldman Sachs and all the businesses that we undertake.
Military training-wise, project management, leadership, being able to think on your feet and adapt your plan based on new information that’s coming in, is all very useful in Internal Audit.
It's a huge amount of teamwork in internal audit, there is scope for us to deal with a lot of very diverse people and different areas of the firm on a daily basis.
Goldman Sachs is great at appointing you mentors. I have three mentors. I think, to have a mentor - it's confidential, independent advice. Somebody who can not only help you, with regards to your networking, but also advise you on your career; on training opportunities that you might not have known about.
Even though the military and Goldman Sachs are very different, there are similarities. They’re both very dynamic. I will never be bored in internal audit. I’m still learning and I’m sure I’ll still be learning for quite some time.