Walter Watkin-Fairless - testimonial
Why would you encourage other graduates to get involved?
The uniqueness and variety of the clients we audit provides great insight into the workings of the public sector.
What's your long-term career goal?
At this point in time, my career goal is to be recognised as a Chartered Accountant. The reputation and international recognition that comes with the CA qualification will open doors to a world of career and travel opportunities. The support the Audit Office of New South Wales offers new graduates to complete this is invaluable.
What do you enjoy most about the Audit Office?
The people I work with, the flexibility and diversity of the job, and the satisfaction that comes with knowing that the work I do helps improve public businesses for the benefit of the community.
Are you looking to do any further study?
Yes, I am currently studying for my Chartered Accountant qualification with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. I have completed the audit and financial accounting modules, and am currently doing the taxation module.
What have you learnt working here?
I have gained a greater understanding of the audit process, the importance of professional scepticism, and a range of communication, organisational, and problem-solving skills.
What are you currently working on?
I am currently auditing the University of Sydney, specifically their property, plant and equipment. I was recently tasked with physically inspecting items to ensure their existence, for example, ancient Egyptian mummies – which I am pleased to report remain dead.
What's your usual day like?
There is no such thing as a ‘usual day’ for me. No two days are the same – different businesses, places, information – the variety keeps me engaged. As an auditor I meet numerous people, ask questions, find answers, gain an understanding of how businesses operate, and tackle new challenges all the time.
What has surprised you about the Audit Office?
The diversity of audit areas that graduates have the opportunity to work on in their first year.
What is your tip for graduates now looking to apply at the Audit Office?
My advice would be to read up on the clients we audit and understand how auditing in the public sector differs from the private sector.