It has been a little over five months since I joined Grant Thornton, and it comes as no surprise that my time here has already quickly flown by. At the time of writing my last post, I was still waiting to go on my first away job and looking forward to all the challenges I would be facing and since then, a lot has changed!
The first two months for myself involved a lot of travelling to all parts of Britain. Cities I visited included Glasgow, Brighton, Cardiff and London. This was a massive eye opener. As a school leaver, it was something I had not experienced previously. My initial assumptions prior to my travelling were that as a new starter, I’d predominantly be very office based for the first few months, however this is not the case at Grant Thornton. New starters get the opportunity to go out on audits almost immediately after joining.
To help and assist you prior to this, all the new starters from our region were able to attend an audit training week. During the week, you get given a better understanding of the work you’ll be carrying out on audits and as a result, you’ll come away from the week with a much firmer grasp of auditing. I was surprised to learn that the training was being led by graduates and school leavers who had been with the firm for just 2-3 years. The advantage of receiving training from them was that they were sitting in our shoes not very long ago and were able to share the experiences and lessons they had learnt. It was also useful as I felt they were also able to relate to us more effectively and overall, the week proved to be an insightful one.
One of the biggest factors that influenced me on applying to Grant Thornton was the buzz about Bradenham. For those that don’t know, Bradenham is a manor house and is where Grant Thornton house many of their internal training courses. It’s a unique setting in which every individual at Grant Thornton will get to experience at some point. It’s even full of facilities such as accommodation, a gym, bar and a games room. The most enjoyable part from Bradenham from my experience was being able to meet other individuals in the same position as me, but from offices all over the country. This provided a great opportunity to talk to others and their experiences so far and also to even build some networks.
After receiving all my training, I most certainly felt more prepared for my first audit. It became apparent how useful the audit training week had been as I was pretty much replicating what I had been taught. This helped ease any nerves I had at the time as I felt more comfortable with the work I was carrying out. All in all, it’s hard to believe it’s already been five months. In the next few months, it’s ‘busy’ season, so I’m expecting to get a lot more experience on jobs. In addition, I have college in the summer to look forward to which will provide a break from the office. Speak to you then!