November 2016

    The First Ten Weeks

  • Posted on November 21, 2016 by


    My first ten weeks at the NAO have flown by. It only feels like yesterday when I stumbled in to the office on my first day all in a fluster due to a transport mishap!

    To give you a snapshot of my fledgling NAO career to date, here is a list of things I’ve done since starting with the Newcastle office back in September, in no particular order. I’ve studied, sat and passed four computer-based exams contributing to the Certificate Level of the ACA, (namely Accounting, Assurance, Tax and Law) with two more (Management Information and Business and Finance) to come before Christmas. I’ve taken two week-long trips to London as part of my trainee induction, where I’ve had ample opportunity to meet colleagues from across the organisation. I’ve also been on a two-night audit-planning visit to the sunny seaside resort of Blackpool, home to one of the many Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) offices, where I’ve assisted in interviewing clients.

    When not in college, London or Blackpool I’ve been settling in to life in the NAO’s Newcastle office. As a newbie to the North East, this has meant learning my way around Toon talk; including learning to refer to my lunch as dinner, embracing the regional culinary delicacy known as a “Parmo” and debating whether to pronounce Primark “Preemark”. I’ve also attended the Newcastle office’s 10th birthday party, experienced the office’s much-hyped Pop Quiz and signed up for both the annual Christmas Cup (football competition) and the Christmas lunch. Fun galore.

    All in all, it has been a very enjoyable and exciting start to life with the NAO. I wonder what the next ten weeks will bring!

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  • One night on Audit… Followed by another 364.

  • Posted on November 11, 2016 by

    SkylineMy first year is over as a trainee and my transition from an AA1 to AA2 complete. I managed to fit quite a lot into a single 12 month period; 6 exams, interim and final audit, one Christmas party, 2 office quizzes, 2 cluster lunches, numerous socials, 9 weeks away from home and a year older. As I write this I have just passed my next 3 exams and have a month to go until my final 3 of this year. The pace hasn’t let up since I arrived but it certainly hasn’t been boring. more… One night on Audit… Followed by another 364.


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  • A quick guide on how to apply

  • Posted on November 4, 2016 by

    Our graduate training scheme is currently open for applications. If you are still to embark on the application journey, here’s a quick reminder on what to expect over the next few weeks. Good luck!

    ApplicationApplying for a job can be a very daunting task. I can still remember, during my final year, staying up late into the night trying to find the right words to express my desire to work for Company A. In order to make these times a little less stressful for you, this post will hopefully provide you with a quick guide on how to apply to the NAO. more… A quick guide on how to apply


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