Dave Sweede

Dave Sweede

Internal Auditor


ADP

Norfolk, VA USA


The best advice I have been given is to be comfortable being uncomfortable.

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
High School Graduation and my first "tour" at ODU.
Partied way too hard at ODU and was about to fail out of college and get cut off from my parents.
I joined the Marines in an attempt to get my life right.
I was sent to Iraq in 2003 and experienced a life-changing deployment.
I returned home and had to deal with the effects of my deployment, not fully understanding how I was affected.
I worked retail jobs, and never really could make any decent money.
I started school at TCC to study business, and found I really understood accounting.
I transferred to ODU's accounting program, graduated, and was hired by a fortune 300 (Norfolk Southern) a full year before I actually graduated.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Bachelor
Accounting and Business/Management
Old Dominion University

Career

Internal Auditor

Audit/Independent Review of internal SOX Controls, Compliance and Operational Audits, Risk Management

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Business
Numbers
Learning / Being Challenged

Day to Day

The awesome thing about Audit is that there is not always a daily grind. The best advice I have been given is to be comfortable being uncomfortable. The nuts and bolts would be learning new business processes, exploring them, observing them, documenting them, and then testing them. The idea is to look at the efficiency of the process and ensure the possible risks are being addressed and mitigated. You can learn a multi billion dollar company in a short time.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Excel. Excel. Excel. That has been a major tool in both of my professional companies, that was not taught in my accounting program. Qualities: Professionalism. In my job role, we have a lot of exposure to the executive committee and division VP's. Understanding how to approach as well as word emails. Finally, assessing risk, understanding the kinds of risk, and building your audit approach to how those risks are addressed in the process you are auditing. And do not be afraid to ask questions.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Be involved in the recruiting scene while you are in school. Make sure you are getting your resume out and you are attending the events the local companies are hosting in order to get to know you. They want to hire you, so make it easier for them! Be humble, you are not ready to be a manager right out of college. You simply do not know what you do not know, so be willing to start at the bottom. If you are as good as you think, your work and talent will be noticed and rewarded.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Accounting and Business/Management

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Teachers:

"I would not make it through the ODU Accounting program from an adviser."

Challenges I Overcame

Learning Issues