Alex Narang

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Alex Narang

Audit Supervisor

Life in audit at RSM: exams, socials and opportunities

Name: Alex Narang
Job title: Audit Supervisor
Office: Manchester
Joining date: August 2016
Team: Assurance

Summary of role

I spend most of my days at client sites; I really enjoy this as you get to know lots of different people and the businesses they work in. It is much more interesting to work on a project at the client premises as it puts everything into context and you can understand the business issues they face with much better clarity. I also much prefer to speak to people face-to-face rather than over email. 

As the audit senior, I am the main contact for clients and lead the on-site work. This means I am usually supervising one or two other people on-site, as well as liaising with the manager and partner to keep them updated with how the work is progressing. I work across several different sectors which I really enjoy as it means my year is very varied. The main sectors that I work with are manufacturing and construction, as well as social housing associations. 

Alongside my client work, I am also studying for my ACA qualification and will be sitting my final exam in July this year. 

What’s been the highlight so far?

The people. All my colleagues are such lovely people that I’m never afraid to ask any questions if I’m ever not sure about something. I’m also in college with an intake of around 14 other RSM employees so the support network that I have around me during exam season has been amazing. We’re always there for each other when exam stress hits, and then for a well-deserved drink afterwards to celebrate! 

What’s been your biggest challenge so far?

I think the hardest part of the grad scheme is learning how to balance your exams and revision alongside your job. It is really tough to get home from work and then know you have to revise in the evenings, but now that I’m one exam from finishing the end is in sight and I’m so proud of myself for everything I’ve achieved. It really is worth the effort you put in! 

What’s surprised you most about working at RSM?

The social side! In my office we have a lot of socials; whether that’s drinks after work or the Christmas party, there’s always something going on. We have also recently started up a netball team in the Manchester office and a large group of us ran the Manchester 10k last month. 

I think this is a really important aspect of the company you choose work at. You spend a lot of time with your colleagues so making sure they are also friends that you can rely on is essential for you to be happy at work, and therefore succeed. 

What’s next for you at RSM? 

Something that was important to me whilst applying for jobs after university was a company that has various opportunities available post-qualification, such as sabbaticals and secondments. I have been lucky enough to have been granted six months sabbatical leave, to go travelling after I qualify. This is something that I have always really wanted to do, and I am so grateful to RSM for giving me the chance to do this. I would recommend everyone to research the extra opportunities available to them when applying for new roles, you never know what could be available if you ask for it!  

After I get back I want to start building up my portfolio and progress up the firm. 

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

Make sure you do your research on the types of clients RSM have and what your day-to-day role would entail. This is important as it shows your commitment to the job you are applying for, and also your interest in the wider company. 

One of the most important things, though, is to ensure you let your personality show through. You will learn the technical aspects of accountancy during your training courses and college, but the interviewers are looking to see how well you would fit in with the team, and how you will act around clients. 

Describe RSM in 3 words 

Supportive, motivating and friendly. 

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