The Uncertainties and Certainties of Pursuing a Career in the Anti-Fraud Profession

The Uncertainties and Certainties of Pursuing a Career in the Anti-Fraud Profession

If I hadn’t pursued my passion for the anti-fraud industry, I might have been lost in the uncertainties of life, or at least I wouldn’t have learned to embrace the uncertainties in the early stage of my career.

Growing up, I was a kid who loved to plan ahead and avoid risks as much as possible. My senior year I decided to pursue my second greatest career passion — becoming a university professor — and get a Ph.D. in accounting. This path seemed more predictable compared to a path of pursuing my greatest career passion, which was to become a fraud investigator. My so-called “safe” plan fell part in spring 2016 when I got rejected from all 12 doctorate accounting programs I had applied for.

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90-Day CFE Exam Challenge Success Story: Nora Koci

90-Day CFE Exam Challenge Success Story: Nora Koci

Nora Koci is an internal auditor for Ryan Specialty Group, which is based in Chicago, Illinois. She’s in her final semester of pursuing a Masters in Forensic Accounting at Roosevelt University. Her B.A. is in audio arts and acoustics from Columbia College, and she used to work as a stagehand. Moving into audit was a big career change for Koci, and her ultimate goal is to one day be a Special Agent with the FBI.

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4 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Beginning a Mentoring Relationship

4 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Beginning a Mentoring Relationship

For a number of years, I wrote or edited a column in Fraud Magazine called "Starting Out." It was for young professionals, new CFEs and college students. If you search the Fraud Magazine website's online archive for "starting out," you should come across several useful columns. I strongly urge you to read my column about the "Four Career Questions" (July/August 2015) you should ask yourself.

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Mentoring Success Story: Natasha and Mariam

Mentoring Success Story: Natasha and Mariam

Natasha Williams, CFE, is a mentor in the ACFE Mentoring Program. She has more than 20 years combined experience in auditing, banking, compliance and accounting. She has managed audits across the globe throughout Europe, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region. She has experience consulting small startups as well as working with large, complex global companies. Natasha participated in the last session of the ACFE Mentoring Program and had two mentees. One of those mentees was Mariam Afzal.

Mariam is an Audit Lead at United Airlines. She wanted a mentor who could help her build a professional brand in the in the anti-fraud community. Here is more on their mentoring relationship.

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Mentoring Success Story: Janet and Lisa

Mentoring Success Story: Janet and Lisa

Janet Miller, CFE, is a mentor in the ACFE Mentoring Program. Janet spent more than 10 years in the Oil and Gas Industry as an auditor and is now a Senior Internal Auditor for a major healthcare organization in Houston, Texas. Janet hopes that her experience and knowledge will help inspire others in their efforts to detect and prevent fraud. Janet participated in the first session of the ACFE Mentoring Program, and her mentee was Lisa Smith.

Lisa began her career in computer application development and later pursued a career in investigation after graduating with a degree in Criminal Justice. Lisa runs a small Etsy business, is an avid genealogist and likes to occasionally ride her Harley motorcycle to relieve some stress. These two members worked together over the course of six months to help Lisa reach a big professional goal. Here’s more about their journey together.

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