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A Level Results Day… One Year On

Today’s guest blog comes from Chris, a trainee in our Manchester office who joined as a School Leaver last August…

This time last year, I didn’t quite know what to expect, whether that was with my exam results, or in starting my career at Grant Thornton.

Unfortunately, my exam results didn’t go the way I would have wanted, and that’s when the worry started to settle in about my prospects of joining the firm. I was on holiday at the time, and I remember as soon as my results came out, the first phone call I received was from Michelle in the resourcing team telling me not to be too hard on myself, and that Grant Thornton was still the place to be in order for me to develop my knowledge, and the skills that I had previously picked up in my A Level Accounting course.

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Tax Diaries – A first year associate’s insight

Mini-series alert! We are going to provide insights into the diaries of three Grant Thornton employees who work in tax. We start off with Alex, a first year tax associate. Later on in the week we hear from a second year tax associate and finally from an executive. We hope to provide you with more detail on what you may be doing as a graduate here and see the progression through the years.

I am going to begin this blog with a slight disclaimer – this is the first time I have ever written a blog and thus cannot be held responsible for the following prose should it not be as informative, entertaining, funny, and thrilling as you expected when you first clicked on it.

Now that we have cleared that up, I should probably introduce myself. My name is Alex and I am a first year Associate within Grant Thornton’s property tax team based in the Euston office in London. I grew up in Bath and after studying Politics at the University of Leicester, I moved to London. I originally worked within the recruitment industry for two years before deciding on a career change and joining the team here at Grant Thornton. I am studying towards the ACA qualification and have just completed the first six certificate level exams.

The purpose of this blog is to give you an idea of what the life of a first year associate in one of Grant Thornton’s tax teams is like so I thought I would pick apart my diary from the last month or so.

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A New Year to Unleash Your Potential

As you approach qualification at Grant Thornton you begin to get opportunities to consider what you want to do next in your career and an occasion that allows this is the Unleashing Your Potential event. This year it was held at the Barbican Centre in London and saw people newly qualified or nearing qualification gather to consider where they want their career to go next. Read this post

The letters after your name – CA, CPFA…what do they really mean? The new ICAS-CIPFA qualification

GT trainees2We are Alex and Hiruni – 2 of the 9 Public Sector Audit trainees in London who are studying towards the first-ever professional qualification of its kind – the integrated ICAS-CIPFA qualification.

The big CA (Chartered accountant) – CPFA (Chartered Public Finance Accountant) debate, and how it has changed since the arrival of the ICAS-CIPFA qualification?

A career in public sector financial services has for a long time been heavily linked with the membership of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy- the world’s only accountancy body to specialise in public services. Indeed, Molly’s blog told you all about the CIPFA qualification. This has for many students served as a strong foundation to which a career in public finance has been built.

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Molly’s Half Yearly Accelerate Diary… (I’ve been busy!)

It’s been a long, long time since I last wrote a blog, and although really I have no excuse it has been a whirlwind six months. I’ve just spent some of my lunch reading a blog written by Perry Burton, our head of London Audit, where he pointed out that in life you either get excuses or results, and that even though some excuses may be good, they are never as good as results.

What I’m about to do is write a somewhat reflective blog all about my excuses for not writing one, with the outcome being a resulting blog! Make sense? No? I’ll continue anyway… Read this post

Guest Blog – Why VAT?


Today’s blog is written by Aqeel, from the Milton Keynes office. Aqeel works in VAT, and goes on to explain what a typical day is like for a trainee in this department, and what it’s like working in this form of tax advisory.  For those of you who may be thinking about applying to any one of the tax graduate or school leaver schemes, read on to find out more about what different kind of tax jobs there are available at Grant Thornton. Read this post

Guest Blog – My ACA Experience

Fifteen exams seems an awfully long way off when you start your ACA journey, but now having completed the e-assessments I am well on that journey, with ‘only’ nine exams left in three sittings.

The certificate level ACA consists of six e-assessments: Accounting, Assurance and Law are sat in the first sitting, whilst Principles of Tax, Management Information and Business and Finance are sat in the second sitting. Grant Thornton chooses to do it this way, as then you are out at college for a few weeks at a time, not sporadically in and out of the office, and therefore causing minimal disruption.

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My first…’Close-out’ Meeting

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This week’s guest blog is written by Georgina, who is an associate in Audit from the Milton Keynes office who recently joined us in August 2014. Not long ago, she attended a close-out meeting with a client alongside the rest of the audit team to conclude all the findings that she’d discovered whilst out on the audit. Georgina tells us more…

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