Raymond Larkin

Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General

Trainee Auditor

Raymond Larkin

After graduating from the University of Limerick with an honours degree in Public Administration, I travelled around America and Australia for a while. Then I went to work as a trainee accountant in a small/medium size private accountancy practice and started my ACA examinations.

I spent two years in the private practice and gained experience from accounts preparation to large audits.

After a friend advised me that there was a Trainee Auditor competition on the Grad Public Jobs website, I reviewed the role and realised that the role could be a great fit for me.

I joined the Office of the Comptroller Auditor General as a trainee auditor in October 2014. The role was both familiar and new at the same time. There are many interesting aspects to the role such as:

  • Ensuring that there is transparency with public sector appointments and promotion, aswell as areas like procurement and propriety,
  • Numerous training days which has helped me develop specific skills required when dealing with the clients and the Audits,
  • Good team spirit and that everyone is approachable and always willing to help and provide advice.
  • The value the Office places on staff as individuals with unique perspectives.

One of the really interesting aspects of the work is that many of the clients are used regularly by citizens and are very often in the media. This makes the work we do, all the more essential in order to ensure efficiency and value for money for the taxpayer.

In my short time, in the role, it is clear to me that there is excellent scope for progression within the office once qualified and the probationary period is completed successfully. As well as this, the office also encourages further education initiatives.

So far I have really enjoyed my time in the Office and feel I am helping our clients deliver improvements in the public service.