Audit Executive, ACA Level 3
Tell us a little bit about your background before you joined UNW?
Despite gaining an Economics degree at Newcastle University, I was still unsure of the career path I wanted to take after I had left and needed time to make the right decision about my future. After spending a year working as a ski instructor in the French alps, I did work experience across a range of professions such as accountancy, chartered surveying and law, eventually concluding that accountancy was the career for me!
After hearing about UNW through word of mouth, I applied for a place on their ACA graduate programme, and began working here in February 2014.
What have your day-to-day responsibilities been so far in your training contract?
As a qualified audit executive, my days are often varied. I plan audits in the office before meeting a client, then lead testing for them on site, and the audits are then completed back at the office. Working in audit provides a great insight in to how different organisations operate as, from week to week, we can go from working with a small charity or law firm, to large manufacturing companies. It really does gives you a great understanding of the business world.
How has the transition from graduate to accountant been since you joined UNW?
It’s been great, and I feel like I have come such a long way in such a short amount of time. Doing audit work and my ACA qualification at the same time really benefits me on both counts, as what you learn at college significantly improves your audit and accounting knowledge, and therefore your productivity at work.
Could you describe your exam training in a little more detail?
It’s been challenging, but very rewarding. A difficult aspect is undoubtedly working during the day and studying at evenings and weekends, but this is only for short periods at a time, and the rewards are significant when you put the effort in. The senior staff here at UNW have been very approachable, and if you are ever having problems with any aspects of the job, are extremely supportive and helpful.
Could you describe the positive aspects about your job?
The range of clients, and sectors they operate in, is something I have particularly enjoyed, and there is plenty of room for progression when working in the audit department; within 2 to 3 years, you will lead your own audit team. A further positive to working and training at UNW instead of a large multinational firm is that you are given a lot more responsibility at an earlier stage, which can only be beneficial to your personal development.
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 played for the firm’s rugby team, attended badminton evenings and, of course, various social events!
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