Molly’s Accelerate Diary – September 2013

If you follow me on Twitter you’ll see that this month has been a good one, beginning with a trip out to what was my first ever audit client, this time bringing a long our new school leaver. It was great fun having a new member on the team, and I was feeling somewhat nostalgic as I taught him the ways of the bank section – my first ever task out on audit!

September also saw the return of the Ipswich office’s quarterly quiz night, a night which sees both audit and tax get together to demolish hundreds of boxes of pizza and expose themselves as competitive, over excited children. The theme of this particular quiz night however, left me totally clueless of what any answers were. Luckily for me however, I was on the team with our new grad, who’s degree is in War Studies and was therefore far more of an expert at general knowledge than me, and the Ipswich Audit partner who has a ridiculous knowledge of every number one single from the eighties – crucial knowledge if you were to partake in this quiz! I was able therefore to simply sit and stuff my face with pizza (all for a good cause – we raised over £100 for charity) while reaping the quiz rewards of my choice of a box of chocolates, bottle of wine, or a few beers! Needless to say I went for the box of chocolates!

Aside from the quiz night – and did you see Ipswich’s answer to the Great British Bake Off on Instagram? – I started my first block of ACCA tuition this month for Law and Tax. Thankfully, the first couple of days of tax tuition consolidated what I had learned in Business and Personal Tax at AAT, whilst also heaping on even more tax to learn. Law focused on Corporate Law and I foresee a whole heap of revision cards ahead to help the knowledge slowly sink in.

I round off the month on the 30 September with a very early morning as I returned to the annual stocktake of a meat retail client in London – this meant setting a 4:30 alarm clock, leaving the house when the moon and stars were still out, and hopping onto the train at ten to six in the morning. One thing that the job of an auditor at Grant Thornton certainly isn’t, is unvaried and where you may have to do something that isn’t particularly to your liking i.e. getting up at half four in the morning, you can be sure that you will be rewarded in one way or another. In this instance, my day was over by about half past two and I happily spent the rest of the evening watching a cocktail of FRIENDS and the Big Bang Theory!

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