When we started the ‘What Would Your Advice Be’ blog series, ‘Find Your Groove’, really resonated with me as a cracking bit of advice. It came at a time when I felt I was starting to find my own groove! To me this means feeling happy and capable in my role, making some good friends at work, contributing significantly to my team and clients as well as teaching and collaborating effectively with others. It also means having a giggle and a laugh each day. But to you it might mean something different. For someone who didn’t find their groove straight after university or even straight after joining Grant Thornton this is a poignant bit of advice and reminded me of a couple of things:
- To be happy and shine you must ‘find your groove’ in your job and (to get a tad deep) just generally in life!
- Not everyone finds their groove in the same place, at the same time or in the same way.
- You must put yourself in an environment where you are able to find your own groove.
So here’s my story…
…having completed a history degree at King’s College London, I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I did know that I needed to gain more confidence and get out in the workplace. I took on a marketing role in London for a couple of years which I enjoyed. However, I knew deep down that I was not forging a long term career. I wanted a career I could build upon throughout my life in which I was continually learning something new every single day. I also felt I wasn’t reaching my full potential. After working hard through school, college and university I was no longer being challenged to the degree I wanted…
So I took the big decision to switch careers in the hope of finding what I was after. This was not an easy decision and I did not find my groove straight away at Grant Thornton. I think it is important to remember that it takes time to settle in and to learn a new role. You should not expect or be disappointed if you do not ‘find your groove’ straight away because, as I have, with patience and persistence, you will!
Now having been at Grant Thornton for a year and a half I really feel I have found my groove! There are lots of different ways that people can shine in their own way at Grant Thornton. My manager and office in general have been fantastic. They have encouraged me to use my marketing experience by participating in various marketing activities and events and to join the Spilling the Beans team. Grant Thornton is keen to make the most of my prior experience and this has helped me forge a unique role for myself alongside my day job.
Spilling the Beans has added a great dimension to my role and has also widened my network within the firm. It has enabled me to meet so many lovely and interesting people from all over the country. This in turn has helped me to feel very settled within Grant Thornton. There are many ways in which you can get involved in some very diverse, interesting and collaborative roles in Grant Thornton alongside your day job. This is something which helps many new starters to find their own, unique groove because, after all, everybody has something different to bring to the firm.
So….this is what I have learnt at Grant Thornton over the last year and a half :
- Be patient and persistent because if you don’t find your groove straight away you will in time.
- Meet and collaborate with as many people as you can.
- Communicate your skills and interests to those you work alongside and put yourself forward when opportunities arise.
Right now I have got nine of my fifteen exams under my belt and feel like I am really adding value to my clients whilst out on audit. With my first in-charge role coming up very soon, a lot has happened in the last year and a half! Having just reflected on all of this during a relaxing break in Cornwall I started to think about what to say in this blog. After attempting to surf a few times (not too successfully!) whilst I was there it made me think about how surfing is quite like ‘finding your groove’. (Cue tenuous metaphor!) Every wave is different, no one person will catch the same part of the same wave, you might wait a while for the right wave and your mates might help you land it…when a good set comes rolling in and you don’t stand up first time, you will after a few attempts and then…there’s no looking back, you have found your own wave and your own groove, but you must work hard to keep on it! So ‘hang ten’!
As always if you have any questions or just want to berate me for my slightly cheesy and tenuous metaphor, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org