I, along with many other trainees at Grant Thornton, have been tweeting for a good few months now, with my particular aim being to try and give you a taste of what life is like as an Audit Accelerate trainee.
Many people are aware of the Graduate schemes offered by many firms, and universities put a lot of energy into ensuring their students know what is out there for them. However with university fees rising there is a lot more interest in the other options available. One such option that I chose to take was to join Grant Thornton straight from college as an audit trainee. Through this diary I aim to give you more of an insight into life as an Accelerate trainee.
In the past month we have entered the ‘busy’ season which Phil wrote a blog about last week. I have certainly felt the squeeze moving from one client to the next with no time in-between. This has included carrying out the various admin tasks that build up when you are out at a client’s site, such as filling out job review forms, assessing how we have performed on jobs, and even the simple things like booking holiday! Having said that it has been an exciting time. I have worked across Suffolk and Essex over the past month from technology clients to haulage firms, and carried out my first solo audit. Although this was a daunting task, it was a good one to dive into. I had worked on the audit last year as an assistant, so I was familiar with the surroundings and as I got stuck in I found the week flew past!
Alongside the busy audit schedule, I had the dreaded task of completing my ICAS project. This is a project completed at Level 4 AAT, assessing the internal controls of a company and making recommendations to reduce the risk of fraudulent activity occurring within their company. I find that I am more of an exam person, so the prospect of doing a project had been looming over me since Christmas. This month therefore I decided to bust it out, which involved a couple of Saturdays of hard graft, after which all had been submitted and just yesterday I received confirmation of a pass!
My favourite part of the last month though was travelling up to London for my first Spilling the Beans team day where I got the chance to meet the team and have a fun day of sharing ideas, planning our paths for the next six months and eating doughnuts! We also had our Quarterly Business update in the office which involved colleagues coming down from London to present to us about how the firm is moving forward and interestingly to encourage us in the use of social media.
So now I look ahead to another busy month, broken up by college where I will be studying for my Business Tax exam (thankfully without the worry of the ICAS project looming over me) and hopefully with a promise of some sun ? I remember when we used to have a thing called seasons, I quite liked those…