amy watters

Written by: Amy Watters

Amy Watters

Audit assistant

Balancing work, play and study: Life as an Audit grad at RSM

Name: Amy Watters

Job title: Audit assistant

Team: Audit

Office: Edinburgh

Joining date: September 2017

 

What's your role?

I work within the Audit Team in RSM's Edinburgh office but have previously completed a secondment with our Accounts and Business Advisory Team. My day to day role varies as it will depend on the client I am working with that week, this ranges from charities to housing associations to companies. I visit the clients office with the rest of the engagement team and we tend to spend the week onsite, this means travelling to various locations across the county including recently Sheffield and Aberdeen.

The tasks I complete onsite include analysing balances for reasonableness, substantive testing and liaising with the client on various issues that arise as a result of the work completed.

Alongside work I am currently studying for my CA qualification with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) in Edinburgh. Through this I attend blocks of classes for several weeks at a time and am required to maintain a consistent and thorough work/study balance.

What’s been your highlight so far?

Meeting the team has been a massive highlight for me. I thoroughly enjoy the company of my colleagues and have found that I enjoy work more as a result. I have made some great friendships in the team and this has allowed me to feel more confident with my work as I am able to ask questions and feel comfortable and supported doing so. As there is a range of abilities, ages, and roles within the team, it means there is a vast support network available for both work and studying and everyone at some point has been through what you are going through.

What’s been your biggest challenge so far?

So far I have been studying for my CA qualification with ICAS alongside working Monday to Friday, which has been extremely challenging. Although I am heavily supported in my studies and encouraged to use the help of the team who have recently been through them, it remains challenging to come home and study after a long day at work.

However, it is also a very rewarding challenge as it has allowed me to push myself and aim for positive results whilst also excelling with every client I am assigned to.

What’s surprised you most about working at RSM?

I’ve been most surprised by the atmosphere within the firm, not only in audit but across all departments. As an office we are incredibly social and Audit itself meets up several times a month for a social event or activity. It ended the stereotype of accountants I had long assumed to be true.

What’s next for you at RSM?

I applied to RSM in the hope of staying with the company long term, and that is still my aim, especially as I now have a deeper understanding of my role and the wide variety of clients we work with. I hope to progress within the firm and aim to eventually be able to do a secondment to one of our international offices at some point in the future.

What’s your top tip for someone looking to apply to RSM?

For those applying to the firm, I’d recommend doing your research. It’s best to understand the firm you’re going to work for, particularly the variety of clients we work with and the dynamic of the team you plan on joining. I’d also recommend reaching out to a recent graduate joiner who may be able to help answer any questions and give you some insightful advice on working with the firm.

Describe RSM in 3 words

Friendly, rewarding, supportive

 

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