So it’s been a while since my last blog and a very busy time for me. Since I last spoke to you, my busy season finished in April - I was on study leave from mid-April to July as I was sitting the CAP 2 exams with CAI the last week of June.
I was delighted to have passed all my exams on results day in August. PwC pass rates were more favourable than the institute’s pass rates which I think has a lot to do with the extended study leave we get and the Firm in house revision courses we go on too. Every little helps with these exams! So I’ve been exam and lecture free since June!
The CAP 2 Results day just happened to clash with the South East office summer night- this year the offices went to Wexford for a mix of ziplining, golf, spa treatments and a barbeque, it was an overnight thing so they went out in Wexford too!!
Once I got back to work in July I engaged on two separate six month interim review audits! Although I had worked on these clients before their environments are ever changing.
One of these clients during the Summer had undertaken a restructuring project following a cost base review, I was the senior on this audit and found it quite enjoyable as an interim audit - liaising with the clients offices around the globe.
The other client, which is an LSE listed company, was in the middle of accepting a takeover bid from an international competitor. This was the first time I worked on an engagement where the client was subject to a takeover bid. Whilst this was more challenging – it was a great experience.
In August, I worked on a year end audit in London, I had worked on this audit last year too, the trips abroad can feel like a treat as the hours we work in the Summer don’t tend to involve much overtime.
Now I am back in the office for a few weeks – working on the audit of an Asset Management fund. The sections that I have been mainly working on are Investments and the testing of tax, cash and capital.
We have a social night coming up in Gowran Race Park which I am looking forward to and our FAE lectures will be beginning in October. I will update you again next month.
For any of you thinking of applying for PwC this coming milkround - I think PwC stands out from the rest as I have experienced first-hand their diverse client base, the friendly work atmosphere, the incredible exam support and, most valuable to me, was the coaching from the experts here and benefiting from their advice. In Kilkenny our clients include large and small Irish firms as well as large Multinational companies and Asset Management companies. Luckily, being in one of the South East offices means I get to work within a range of audit teams across Asset Management and International & Domestic Business clients. Working on statutory, pension and grant audits as well as accounts preparation for non-audit clients. Best of luck to any of you applying!
Bye for now