Pros and Cons:
Helen Rushford, a graduate in History and Politics at the university of Durham tells us about working as an auditor for the Audit Commission:
What was your motivation in applying?
I wanted to work for something other than shareholder profit. My father worked in this sector, and through him I realised that
auditing is by no means boring work – it’s vitally important.
What do you enjoy?
I love the variety. Auditing NHS budgets can often have a high profile, because it involves the spending of public money and the provision of public services. The work-life balance is great – It’s about 35 hours a week and I get huge satisfaction working for the public sector.
Most challenging part?
Telling a client that something might be wrong and that it could have a big impact on their workload or budgets. It’s important to work out a constructive way of dealing with the problem. Studying for the accountancy qualification is quite hard work, although you are well supported.
Any further advice?
Don’t underestimate the number of people skills that are needed; this job is centered on talking to people.