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Creating, Recognising and Taking Every Opportunity

Interns from around the UK collaborated in the Finsbury Square office, London, to listen to a plethora of successful advocates of the internship/placement scheme. Partners and Associates shared their experiences and advice to ensure we achieve our personal successes in the following 5 weeks. Personally, the highlight was listening to Sacha Romanovitch (CEO) speak passionately about the importance of recognising employees as individuals, company changes, and the relevance of GT’s purpose of achieving a vibrant economy. Sacha’s motivation and personable nature left me inspired, grateful, and eager to embrace all upcoming opportunities.

Key Advice:

> Sacha emphasised that to be the best you can be you must always relate your task back to the bigger picture – achieving a vibrant economy.

> Malcom Gomersall (Partner) – always ask why to ensure full understanding and do more than you’re asked to demonstrate enthusiasm and excellence.

> “Look up, look forward, look out” – Sacha highlighted the importance of grasping every opportunity and constantly looking to grow, for optimum success within the firm.

Throughout the internship I aimed to keep these 3 crucial pieces of advice in the forefront of my mind; leading to the creation of this blog post to encourage future interns to do the same and show what opportunities can arise by doing so!

Creating Opportunities

Put yourself in the best position to take advantage of opportunities – here I refer back to point 1 and 2 of the key advice: “relate your task back to the bigger picture” and “always ask why”. Taking on board these qualities makes you more engaged, allows you to fully understand the tasks requirements and the reasons behind its completion and ultimately be more confident and produce a higher quality of work. This will lead to more responsibility as people recognise your ability and enthusiasm and puts you in the best position for exposure to opportunities.  

— TIP: Take genuine interest in people and their roles, and ask inquisitive questions! —

Another obvious but often overlooked quality is taking a GENUINE INTEREST in people’s careers and ASKING INQUISITIVE QUESTIONS. This can lead to secondments in different service lines, for example, that allow you to gain a wider business awareness and a better idea of the opportunities that lie in your future with GT. Despite being an audit intern, I was fortunate enough to gain some experience working with the Growth 365 team. G365 is a tailored service for ambitious CEOs and leaders of mid-sized businesses, providing focused advice and putting plans into action for their growth vision. The aim of my project was to build a picture of the South West in terms of the business landscape – what companies are here, their size, their sector in order to effectively tailor marketing and business development to specific sectors and businesses. It was a great experience, however involved a high level of excel expertise… which was not my forte!!

— TIP: Take initiative! —

Which leads onto my next point, TAKE INITIATIVE!  There may be times in the 6 weeks where your work load is low (people may be waiting for information to be attained before they can set your task), think about your weaknesses and use this time to increase your job efficiency or expertise. For me, excel was a weakness as I have never been required to utilise this platform at university or in part-time employment. It is highly relied upon in this line of work so SCRUB UP ON YOUR EXCEL SKILLS PRIOR TO EMPLOYMENT! In this respect, opportunities can be used as a word to resemble the learning and development that can take place if you put in the effort and fully utilise the resources available (i.e. pdfs, excel demonstrations and the business school (on the intranet, if current interns are unaware!)).

Recognising and Grasping Opportunities

I’d like to say this medal commemorates the momentous occasion of securing this highly sought after placement, however it’s a medal for something much more significant – my debut as 5-aside football team captain! I was asked if I would be willing to play in a 5-aside football tournament for a networking event set up by the corporate finance team one lunch time, an opportunity I could not let pass! A variety of different businesses such as NatWest, HSBC, Womble Bond Dickinson, Burges Salmon and many more attended – a great day in the sunshine and a great experience to represent GT. I was not, however, told prior to the event that I would be captain! I was introduced to my team – 5 men, all very successful in the corporal world, with me, a 2nd year university student interning at GT as their captain, with absolutely no idea how to play 5-aside football! Nevertheless, we were victorious!! Returning home with a shiny medallion to honour the experience! Not only did this opportunity introduce me to the corporate finance team and allow me to network with other established business professionals, it also gave me the chance to inquire about spending my final week of the internship with the CF team to ensure I return to university fully aware of the opportunities that can lie in my future.

I suppose what I am trying to signify is: don’t let a moment pass. Don’t doubt yourself, your ability to play 5-aside football or your ability to network with professionals – let nothing be your excuse. With no excuses comes more opportunities and development.

Grant Thornton wants you to develop and create your own path – take full advantage of this!!

By Hannah Sabine – Audit Intern

Why Public Sector Audit?

As a placement student in Public Sector Audit (PSA), you soon learn that when Grant Thornton job advertisements state that your job role will entail early responsibility, they are not joking! You will be plunged straight into work after your first week of induction training, with a supportive team around to answer questions and to help you get to grips with the day-to-day activities of your job.

However, as is typical with audit, there are peaks and troughs in the volume of work throughout the year. During quieter periods, you can utilise your time to learn more about the business and your chosen department. Commercial awareness is widely valued at Grant Thornton, so an understanding both your clients and the wider assurance department helps you to improve the quality of your work.

I interviewed Richard Percival, an Associate Director in the Birmingham office to learn more about the world of Audit. His candid replies offer a more personal insight into PSA, and he has a few words of advice for those of you that may still be uncertain of whether to apply for an intern or trainee role, helping you to make an informed decision based upon your interests and motivations. It’s not a shortest of articles, but it is definitely worth a read, so here goes! Read this post

The School Leaver Series 2016 – Sam

my-lync-photo-min-2Over the course of this week, we will be sharing a number of blogs from a few of our school leavers from across the firm. In these blogs, we will be sharing some of the great experiences we’ve had since working at Grant Thornton, whilst at the same time, talking about the key themes that come with joining as a school leaver, as opposed to being a graduate. We hope you find these useful! Read this post

The School Leaver Series 2016 – Jenny


Over the course of this week, we will be sharing a number of blogs from a few of our school leavers from across the firm. In these blogs, we will be sharing some of the great experiences we’ve had since working at Grant Thornton, whilst at the same time, talking about the key themes that come with joining as a school leaver, as opposed to being a graduate. We hope you find these useful!

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Takeover 2016: PSA Fact File

Personally, I never used Spilling the Beans more than when I was preparing for my final round assessment centre at the Birmingham office. So, rather than creating a day-in-the-life blog as many of my colleagues have already finely done in far better style than I am capable of, I thought it best, on a rainy train journey back from Shrewsbury to Brum, to explain what it is that makes Public Sector Audit (PSA) at Grant Thornton a bit unique, and let you know everything I wished I had known when I was preparing for my interview to get here…

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Takeover 2016: Our Summer Internship experience in Reading

As part of our development and goal setting as interns, myself, Rebecca and Stephen decided to write a blog expanding and reflecting on our experience of joining Grant Thornton for 6 weeks over the summer. We all agreed that Spilling the Beans was an extremely useful tool in finding out information about the application process and made the whole experience easier. Because of this we decided to try and give something back to the Spilling the Beans community and to help provide information to potential future interns about what being an intern at Grant Thornton actually entails…

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Takeover 2016: Away Day at the Velodrome

Hi all! I’m Jess and I’m an intern in the Entrepreneurial and Private Client tax department at the Euston office.

A few weeks ago the tax and audit London interns, along with the full time members of their respective departments, were invited to spend the day at the Lee Valley Velodrome for the Audit and Tax Collaboration Day. And what a day it was! I can honestly say I never thought I’d be able to call my office the middle of the Olympic cycling track, where so many gold medals were won for Great Britain…

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Takeover 2016: CIPFA Explained – An Associate’s Perspective

When it comes to choosing which firm and which service line is right for you, finding out more about the qualification that you will be studying towards during your first few years is an important part of making the right decision. I spoke to Sophie Medwell – Public Sector Assurance associate and CIPFA representative for the Bristol office – to find out more about her experiences with studying towards the CIPFA qualification…

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Life in Audit: An Intern’s Perspective

Hi all. I was motivated to write this blog so that I can provide a true and accurate reflection of what Grant Thornton is like as a firm, all from the fresh eyes of a current intern. I have just graduated from University and know far too well the confusion of the graduate market and the plethora of information that each company tries to throw at you. I think many of these recruitment marketing campaigns that other companies run are merely lip service and do not reflect the true nature of the company. I hope that by reading my blog you can gain a real reflection on what life is like at Grant Thornton and the great opportunities that you are given to you as an intern. In each blog I write I will also finish with one tip for anyone thinking of applying, so keep on reading!

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The PSA Series: Life as a PSA Associate

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The last guest blog in our PSA series comes from Jenny, an Associate in our Liverpool Office…

PSA is a rapidly growing department here at Grant Thornton and it’s with good reason- our firm is the best in its field. Grant Thornton is the UK’s number 1 Public Sector Auditor, boasting a 33% market share of Public Sector clients, making us the leading firm of business advisers in this space.

So, looking past the shiny facts and figures, what do we actually do on a daily basis and how does this fit into the bigger picture? After joining Grant Thornton only three months ago as a PSA Associate, I still have a pretty fresh perspective on how it all works.

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