As an Accelerate trainee, I am set to endure 5 years of training and exams, with the exams only getting harder, meaning that the preparation only gets tougher. With this in mind I have really relished having a whole month exam and revision free, while I await my final AAT exam result with the hope that by the end of the summer I will be AAT qualified and ready to step full of energy and enthusiasm into the next stage of my journey at Grant Thornton – studying to become a chartered accountant with the ACCA.
In a bid to make the most of my evenings I’ve been seeing my friends who are on their summer holidays from university, taken a trip down to Cornwall for a week where the weather was kind enough to stay sunny for the days and pour down at night while I was tucked up in my tent – luckily there was only one leaking occasion but it did leave my shoes decidedly soggy for the rest of the week! As well as this my colleagues and I took the opportunity to go out for drinks with some trainee lawyers who also work in the Ipswich area. Here at Grant Thornton we are widely encouraged to network with fellow professionals as there are a range of benefits that come with this, however I prefer to see networking first as an opportunity to make good friends, and as an opportunity to meet like-minded people with whom you can share experiences and learn from, and I certainly found it interesting to hear what life was like as a trainee solicitor compared with being a trainee accountant.
Back to the work side of things and I have had an interesting month where I was lucky enough to work on a job that involved staff from the Ipswich, Cambridge and Kettering office which gave for a bit of variety and also came as an opportunity to put a face to a name. The thing about Grant Thornton is that as we operate in 27 offices across the UK, it is not only the people who work in the same office as you that you get the pleasure of meeting, but people from across the country, and it is often the case that you may have spoken to them over the phone, emails (or even twitter!) for months before you actually get to meet.
On that note, this month came the time for our annual Spilling the Beans team day, which unfortunately I was unable to attend as I was in sunny(!) Cornwall, however it was a great opportunity for the team, old and new, to come together and share ideas so watch this space for some exciting blogs and new YouTube material to come as we step into September, the prime time for students to fill out their applications!
Looking forward to the rest of August, we have our new starters beginning their journey at Grant Thornton who I can’t wait to meet and I will be returning to my first audit client for the third time since I started in September 2011.