As a financial auditor, the summer months (May, June and July) tend to be the busiest period of the year. This is because the majority of central government bodies, such as the Department of Health, produce annual accounts to the year ending 31 March, which require auditing before they are laid before Parliament. As Parliament rises for recess in early July, the auditing timetable tends to be in line with this date. Although this time is quite a busy one, especially as we travel to Leeds to visit the Department, it’s a good opportunity to work on different areas and to get to know your colleagues (which can be quite fun!).
As well as the time constraints, the work I do is challenging because of the range of different issues I come across and the variety of areas that I work on. The training provided by the NAO and going to college for the ICAEW exams gives the necessary skills and qualifications for my work, though government-specific knowledge is learnt on the job. This was particularly useful for me as I joined the NAO with little (no) knowledge of both accounting and auditing – so for those of you who are in a similar position, don’t worry!