Nisha Patruni

Nisha Patruni

Audit Manager


Capital One

Washington, D.C. USA


Even though it might not be what I initially felt passionate about, I've found a role that allows me to practice skills I enjoy and do find fulfilling.

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Graduated with degree in Accounting
Started career at a Big 4 Public Accounting Firm
Left Public Accounting
Took a role as a bank examiner and was really excited
Experienced work place discrimination (felt like a real low point!)
Started in my current role and am grateful to work somewhere with a vision that aligns to my values
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Bachelor
Accounting
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Graduate
Accounting
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Certification/License
Certified Public Accountant
Virginia Board of Accountancy

Career

Audit Manager

I lead quality assurance reviews of audits and provide best practices on how to follow our internal audit guidance.

Career Roadmap

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

Day to Day

On a typical day, I have check-ins with my team members working on reviews. They update me on their progress and we talk about any challenges they might be facing. I use these meetings to give suggestions and coach. I also have meetings with the teams undergoing our reviews (our stakeholders). In these meetings, we pose questions and talk about what we've found in the review up to that point. When I'm not in meetings, I am usually reviewing written reports, spreadsheets, or other project items.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for professionals

I would reach out to anyone in your network who works at a company you're interested in. I also don't think that having a CPA is a requirement anymore. I would look for other certifications that a potential employer would find valuable. Also talking to friends, folks on LinkedIn, and old coworkers about their experience.

Recommended Education

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

undergrad
Bachelor
Accounting
graduate
Graduate
Accounting
certification
Certification/License
Certified Public Accountant

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"You should choose a stable career like accounting. It would be a waste to follow a passion like writing."

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation Immigrant

Interviewed By

Anonymous Student