The next crop of internal auditors is cut from a different cloth - primarily when it comes to technology and problem-solving. Yes, there are challenges that this could create in the workplace, but there’s no denying that the next generation of internal auditors is primed to add to an area of the internal audit function that’s gaining traction - data analytics. However, that doesn’t mean that they’re ready for a successful career in internal audit, according to Glenn Sumners, Director of Louisiana State University’s Center for Internal Auditing. “
They’re not necessarily going to [perform] better in other skillsets like communication and presentations,” Sumner says. Since internal auditors have to be involved in unstructured problem-solving, that’s not necessarily something that a university curriculum will prepare you to do. “One of the things you need to do is get them adjusted to creativity. With creativity, it doesn’t naturally flow from a university degree.”
In this video interview with Sumners, he discusses what attracts his students to the internal audit program at LSU, what you can expect from the next crop of internal auditors, and how you can help them adjust to the internal audit department of today.