Week 21 – Summer in Full Swing!
I spent the majority of last week working closely with Shaun Boyle on his handover as he is returning to Ireland for study leave. My client has begun to provide more of the information we require for the audit, so it is starting to progress at a faster pace. The secondment has been a great experience so far and I have learned a vast amount of knowledge from working with the Managers and Partners on the job.
We have been making the most of the great weather which has been between 27-32 degrees celsius for the last two weeks. Myself and my fellow secondee Ruairi Feehan decided to explore the west side of Manhattan last week and go for a walk along Chelsea Pier. We are looking forward to celebrating the 4th of July with our American colleagues this week.US secondees blog 2019 →
Week 20 – Day Trip to Brooklyn
The engagement I’m working on is providing me with invaluable experience in relation to US GAAP. For example, I’ve learned all about push-down accounting which is not permitted under IFRS. I’m continuing to enjoy the experience of working in New York and New Jersey.
Over the weekend, I went to Brooklyn for a day out. I haven’t been out of Manhattan all that often. My visit to Brooklyn was one of the most enjoyable days I’ve experienced since arriving here 20 weeks ago! It was a beautiful day and it was nice to get out of the city and spend some time in one of NYC other borough’s.US secondees blog 2019 →
Week 19 – My Last Week
It’s hard to believe that my 6 month secondment is coming to an end. I’ve made some good friends and gained valuable experiences during my time in New York. It has been a pleasure working with my colleagues in both New York and New Jersey. This week I have been conducting analysis on accounts receivable and inventory reserves while also gathering our queries relating to the journal entry testing performed. As I’m finishing up next week I’m putting together a handover for the senior replacing me. This job has been very challenging but I’m glad that I had the opportunity to work on it.
As this weekend will be my last in New York, Ruairi and I are planning on heading to Brooklyn one last time with a couple of friends from EA US. Joey will be back with us on Sunday and I’m sure there will be one last party in the big apple before I depart.US secondees blog 2019 →
Week 18 – Aidan’s Fond Farewell!
In the last few days, I’ve been focusing on some of the more technical areas of my audit. This has been challenging and I’ve been in close contact with my manager when working on these sections. There have also been a number of new staff which have been added to the audit team who I met with during the week.
Last weekend we said goodbye to our colleague, Aidan Lundy, who finished his secondment with us. We celebrated his last night by going to McSorley’s Old Ale House which is considered to be the oldest bar in New York.US secondees blog 2019 →
Week 18 – Audit Work
I continue to gain valuable experience working on my audit. There’s always a lot of work to do including reviewing junior members’ work and providing support where required. My working hours are split between working at the client’s offices in New Jersey and New York and I’m enjoying the experience of working in different environments.
Last week, we said goodbye to our dear friend, Aidan Lundy, who returned to Ireland. To see Aidan off in style we went to Sparks Steakhouse, one of New York’s most well-known steakhouses for an excellent steak! We were joined by three of our EisnerAmper US colleagues and one former EA US Manager. Aidan shall be dearly missed!US secondees blog 2019 →
Week 17 – Last Week in NYC!
This is my last week in New York so I have been busy ensuring my handover and sections are complete. The audit will continue over the coming months so it is important that I pass on what I have learned onto the new Seniors on the engagement.
It is hard to believe it is time to leave New York. The past four months have been challenging but rewarding. I have learnt a huge amount and made many new connections within EA LLP while also building on relationships from my previous secondment here. Myself, Joey, Shaun and Ruairi enjoyed another trip to Boston over the weekend. We enjoyed watching game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals.US secondees blog 2019 →
Week 17 – Boston Weekend
Myself and my fellow Secondee Joseph Halligan were back at our client’s office in Massachusetts last week to finish the receivables and inventory testing for 2017. We are hoping to start the 2018 audit soon. I’m travelling back to Ireland on Saturday for the week and I will complete a handover with Joseph before I go so that my audit areas can continue while I’m away.
Myself, Joseph, Aidan and Ruairi spent last weekend in Boston. On Saturday, we watched the Champions League final followed by Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final where Boston Bruins triumphed over the Saint Louis Blues 7 – 2. We then spent Sunday exploring the city.US secondees blog 2019 →
Week 16 – Learning New Skills
As my audit experience primarily relates to the financial services sector, I’m delighted to have the opportunity to undertake an audit in a different sector. While there are elements of the engagement where I can apply my financial services experience, I’m also learning new skills through the application of US GAAP. Being a Senior on the job comes with its challenges but I’m working with a great team and I’ve direct access to the Senior Manager on the engagement who provides additional support as required.
Recently I participated in the annual Wall Street Run & Heart Walk organised by the American Heart Association. I was joined by two of my colleagues, Joey Halligan, a fellow secondee from Dublin and Eric Andler from the New York office. The 5k run through the often narrow streets of New York’s Financial District area was very enjoyable but at times quite crowded with over 12,000 participants. The run was for a worthy cause and I was pleased to add my contribution. Needless to say, I didn’t break any world records but I made it to the end!US secondees blog 2019 →
Week 16 – AHA Wall Street Run
Shaun and I returned to Massachusetts for the early part of the week to meet with our client and discuss outstanding items on the audit engagement. We will be spending additional time at the client’s offices in June to close out the 2017 audit and begin the planning stages of the 2018 audit.
We had a busy weekend which began with Ruairi and I taking part in the American Heart Association Wall Street Run, a 3 mile run across New York’s financial district. Despite the very limited training, we managed to finish in a respectable time. We were also joined by two of our EisnerAmper Ireland colleagues over the weekend and we were able to make the most of the hot weather which topped 30 degrees on Sunday.US secondees blog 2019 →
Week 15 – Team Training
We have been working closely with the Seniors who have been assigned to our teams to ensure they have a detailed understanding of the engagement and the audit file itself. As most of the Junior staff on our teams work in EisnerAmper’s New Jersey office, myself and Ruairi travel out to them regularly to review their work and guide them through new tasks to be completed.
Myself and Shaun returned to Ireland last week to sit our FAE Elective Interim Assessments. Although the majority of our time was spent studying it was nice to be home and see family and friends. Since we flew back to New York, the weather has improved greatly with temperatures over the weekend reaching 29 degrees celsius. We enjoyed a lunch in the sun at the Frying Pan Boat Bar overlooking the west side of the city, as pictured above.US secondees blog 2019 →
Week 15 – Friends Visit
My fellow Secondee, Joey Halligan, and I continue to work on the component parts of our engagement. We will be back working on-site at the client’s headquarters in Massachusetts next week.
Last week, I had some college friends from Ireland visit me. They fit in many tourist attractions while I was at work and during the weekend we took full advantage of the very hot weather. We enjoyed the golf range in Chelsea Pier on Saturday and went to Central Park on Sunday to throw a football around.US secondees blog 2019 →
Week 13 – Friends Farewell
As busy season came to an end recently, the audit team were assigned a number of new team members from the New York office. In addition, the team members from Mumbai flew home as their secondment term ended which meant the addition of new team members was very welcomed. We had a team meeting last week and were introduced to our new colleagues. We are currently working through our assignments to ensure the job is completed to the required standard.
Prior to our fellow secondee’s departure we went for a meal to toast our friendship and enjoy some of their native food, which was excellent! I will miss Chintal, Manisha, Ritika, and Santhosh among others as they brought a lot of joy to the secondment. I wish them all future success in the Mumbai office and beyond.US secondees blog 2019 →