A day in the life of... John Knapman

Assistant Auditor (Year 1)

I have always been very interested in the way government works. I thought the NAO would allow me to gain an insight into the workings of government while also allowing me to study towards the ACA.. Having studied French and German at university I did not have much of a finance background but that hasn’t been a barrier and studying for the ACA has allowed me to develop that knowledge.

I have only been at the NAO for 3 months and much of that time has been spent studying for exams or at college. The office provides a good balance between being given responsibility and not being overwhelmed with work. I have also had the opportunity to work on both audit work and Value for Money reports which has been interesting and is unique to the NAO.A colleague and I were asked to work on a project investigating the EU’s recent demand for an extra £1.7 billion from the UK. It was a story that I had initially seen in the media and it was great working on something that was so topical.

The NAO is very understanding about the demands of college; studying can be intense but the NAO lets you concentrate completely on the exams when you’re in college. The ACA is a fantastic qualification and I’ve learnt so much in the last 3 months.

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