Audit Assistant, ACA Level 2
Tell us a little bit about your background before you joined UNW?
I was actually working full-time in a pub when I decided to apply for the Accounting and Finance course at Newcastle University. I loved my time there, and found out about UNW through one of my lecturers. After attending their annual graduate evening, I decided UNW was the place that I wanted to work at straight from University.
What have your day-to-day responsibilities been so far in your training contract?
As an Audit Assistant, my days can vary from planning an audit before attending a client site, to conducting audit testing on site at the client and completion of an audit again from the UNW office. Working in audit is very sociable, talking to clients about their business is what we do. You get to meet a lot of interesting people all over the North East and even further afield if that is something that interests you.
How has the transition from graduate to accountant been since you joined UNW?
It’s been great. I have learned how to manage my time to provide the best possible service for our clients, and I have passed all the certificate and professional stages of the ACA qualification. In the future, I look forward to taking an in-charge position on audit engagements and completing my ACA qualification.
Could you describe your exam training in a little more detail?
It’s been a challenging, but extremely rewarding, process. The content of the exams is interesting, and links well to situations when performing client audits. The team around me at UNW is extremely supportive, and have given me any help that I’ve needed along the way.
Could you describe the positive aspects about your job?
I particularly enjoy working with a wide range of people and visiting several different businesses across the North East. I have had the opportunity to work on various businesses and charities dealing in different industries. Working in audit there is always room for progression and you are given responsibility at an early stage of your career which helps you to develop as an accountant.
Could you describe one thing you particularly enjoy about working at UNW?
UNW is very socially active as a firm. Since joining the firm, I have participated in an 80-mile charity bike ride, I have played mixed net ball and attended many social evenings, from quizzes to Friday nibbles and drinks.
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