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Karen SmithAudit Manager

When did you begin working here?
I began working here back in 2006.

How did you apply for the post?
I emailed a copy of my CV to the training partner at the time. The recruitment process was not as structured as it is now.

What happened during the selection process?
I had an interview with the training partner and staff partner. We discussed the firm and the ICAS qualification and what would be involved in the job role.

What are your qualifications?
I have an honours degree in Mathematics and I am now also a CA.

What happened on your first day / first week here?
It was so long ago I can’t remember now. I’m sure I had a tour of the building which seemed so big at the time and I was busy trying to remember everyone’s name and job role!
In my first week I helped with a lot of analysis work of clients’ records to summarise the information for their statutory accounts. It helped me to get used to using the clients’ records.  I had very limited accountancy knowledge when I started with the firm, so I had to start from the bottom and learn everything as I went.

What is a typical day / week for you?
A typical week involves time in the office dealing with clients’ emails/telephone calls, meetings out at clients for either an audit starting and planning our work, or an audit coming to an end and onsite reviews of the audit team’s work whilst they are out doing the fieldwork at the client.

What do you enjoy about your job?
I enjoy the variety of work involved in my job and getting out and about to meet the clients. I deal with a variety of client issues and get satisfaction from being able to help and give useful advice.  A significant portfolio of my clients are based in the charity sector and I try, where possible, to add value and make a difference.

What do you enjoy about working here?
I enjoy working as part of a team. There is always someone from whom you can seek advice and everyone is keen to help.

What advice would you give prospective job applicants?
Make sure you research what is involved with the ICAS qualification. It is a lot of hard work but very rewarding and a great qualification to have on your CV; it opens up so many opportunities for you.