/ Asked by Felicia
I have found the auditing market to become an IT market where employers are looking for certified IT system auditors. I have a BA major in accounting and credits equivalent to minor in management and sociology. I handle normal computer duties and ask IT people to run special reports for me, but I am not an IT person. What will it be the best way to update myself on IT, so I can get proper certifications?
Answered by Sara, Hiring Expert at American Express, on Friday, June 12, 2015
This is a great question as the technology industry and advanced computing skills are becoming expected skill-sets for many job seekers. There are several options available to you for building your IT skills provided you've identified some of the core programs and applications with which you need to be familiar. 

First and foremost, use the people and resources at your current job. There is nothing wrong with asking your colleagues to sit down and teach you how to use these programs at a higher level. Also, depending on your company size, they may already have internal courses you can take, or be willing to sponsor certification courses from a local university or college.

Second, check out local computer and tech stores. They will have listings of certification courses, or perhaps even provide them. 

Third, look at adult-learning classes either at on-line or community educational institutions. These classes are often at night and for short-stints of time so it won't be like getting another degree.

Finally, look into on-line web communities such as EdX or Lynda where a wide variety of courses (from IT to gardening) can be found.
I hope this helps as begin planning for your next steps. Best of luck!  
Answered by Tanya, Hiring Expert at Merck & Co., Inc., on Tuesday, June 16, 2015
This was a great question!

Before you start looking at certification I would investigate what industry you are interested in, in our company we do have technical auditors, however the large group of auditors are mainly individuals that are more accounting focus and we look for candidates interested in obtaining an MBA and or a CPA.

Our audit organization is also a feeder pool for our Finance organizations leadership pool.

So my advice would be to really under the particular indusrty and what those needs are for candidates prior to obtaining certifications
Answered by Rachel, Hiring Expert at Eaton, on Wednesday, March 23, 2016
If you are not interested in going back to school for a second degree in Information Technology, I would suggest looking at acquiring a certification or two in the field.  You can do these courses on-line from various schools (make sure the program you choose is accredited).you can look at a pure IT certification or a Business Information Technology certification.  If the employer you are looking to work for has very specific IT expectations for its auditors then review what possibilities exist to acquire that knowledge.  
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