The best thing is to make a difference
In her last year of primary school, someone told Mette Holy she should become an auditor. When she got to business college, she knew it was the right path. Today it’s also about making a difference to other people, and not just about the numbers.
Mette Holy took a year of leave to accompany her partner to the UK. This coincided with her doubting her choice of auditing as a career, so it was a good opportunity to try her hand at something else. After a year abroad in the insurance industry, she came back as an auditor, certain that she had chosen the right path.
“When you’re choosing a qualification, it’s important to follow your heart rather than what others think. Everyone in my family is an artisan – farmers and so on –and nobody has gone to university, so I chose my own path. My family doesn’t quite understand it, but everyone is fine with it.
Salary was never a motivating factor for either subject or level of ambition. In fact, Mette didn’t even look into the industry’s salary range.
“I’ve never requested a salary increase as long as it has been reasonable in relation to my effort. It’s more important that there is also room for me to maintain my leisure interests alongside my work.”
Strength training, reading a good book on the sofa, visiting a gallery or gardening are some of Mette Holy’s favorite leisure activities when she has free time from PwC. She became a partner here at a young age and today leads a larger team of employees.
Challenge is good
“If anyone had told me I would be a manager, I’d have thought they were joking. I wouldn’t have chosen management at all! It has come naturally – in fact, I’m still amazed at how naturally it comes to me. I like to be able to influence what happens and to help employees develop.”
And Mette Holy has also evolved along the way. All of the younger employees at PwC have a counsellor, which is something Mette is very happy about. Her own counsellor has challenged her and pushed her in the right direction. First to become a state-authorised public auditor and then to become a manager.
“For me it has been really useful to have mentors, because they have encouraged me to do things I hadn’t thought of myself or that I thought were unattainable. But it helps when others believe in me.”
Women should be retained
PwC’s office in Odense, where Mette Holy works, is headed by a woman and has a number of female partners. But the audit industry is predominantly male dominated.
“I would very much like to be selected and move upwards because of my skills and NOT because I am a woman. I feel that this is very much the case.”
As with other industries with a tradition of significant work pressure, the auditing industry has also found it challenging to retain its female talents. And Mette Holy says they’re needed.
“Women are often very structured and get their tasks done. We also often have a good sense of how others are doing, and that’s important for well-being at work.”
Make a difference
Once upon a time, it was all about numbers, debits and credit for Mette Holy. As responsibility has changed and everyday life has become challengingly unpredictable, meaningfulness has become an important focal point. Today, she primarily works with public housing organisations as clients.
“The boards often have no background in accounting but have to make decisions about gigantic sums. It’s so much fun to explain accounting contexts so that everyone understands. I feel I make a huge difference to those who take on great social responsibility and an important task for society as a whole.” Mette Holy is where she needs to be, but if she were choosing today, she would focus more on digital and technical skills, as these will undoubtedly affect the future of the labour market – including the auditing industry.