Last week, Warwick students with offers from Grant Thornton, were invited to a New Joiners event at the recently opened Glasshouse in Leamington spa.
Organised by one of our soon-to-be graduate trainees, Nick Leese, a group of us from one of the London offices met the potential new graduates over some canapes and cocktails in a relaxed
Having attended employer events in the past, and knowing how intimidating it can be for some students, I realised how the setup of this event would make Grant Thornton stand out as a firm: The use of a cocktail making class acted as a great ice breaker and ensured that the potential new graduates felt relaxed and welcome.
And sure enough, once the drinks were flowing, the students started becoming more forth-coming with their questions: Why did you choose Grant Thornton? Do you have to come from an accounting background to succeed? What does an audit actually involve? Did you consider other career options? How much control do you have over your career?
One particular question that stood out was “I have seen loads on the website about how Grant Thornton trainees get loads of responsibility and exposure. Is this really true? Have you got any examples?”. Apart from mentioning the open plan office, the variety of clients and secondment opportunities, I was able to draw upon my own experience as a new graduate to illustrate Grant Thornton’s unique culture: During my first three weeks at work, I was involved in a pitch for the audit of an international insurance group. In the process, I not only met a senior tax partner, two senior audit partners and the 2009 “Jaguar Women of the Year”, Sacha Romanovitch (our head of People and Skills), I was also given exposure to the pitching process and the work that partners do ? not an everyday occurrence!
As midnight approached, the four of us continued to pass on our knowledge of the firm and its unique position in the market. Feedback from the students was very positive and suggested that this type of event is hitting the right notes: informative yet friendly, professional yet relaxed. Given the quality of the attendees, it seems that the future is bright!
Congratulations to all those with offers. See you in September!