Hi, I’m Billie and I’m an intern in the Public Sector Audit team at Grant Thornton’s Euston Square office in London. Having lived in small villages and towns all my life I was feeling a certain trepidation on my first day as I rode the tube to the Finsbury Office where our induction was to take place, however I was quickly put at ease by the friendly welcome given by the firm.
If you take anything from reading the blogs on this site, one message should seep through everything we write, that is: proactivity pays. For users of this site, my advice in terms of applications is always to be proactive and get in there early. I applied for my role at Grant Thornton on the day that the applications opened in August 2009. I started in January 2011, nearly two and a half years later.
Hi everyone, my name is Akash, and I’m currently one of the school leavers in audit from the Milton Keynes office. My main aim for writing for this blog is to try provide an insight into what working at Grant Thornton is like on a day-to-day basis and hopefully give you a better understanding of what to expect when you join. Personally, I gained a huge insight from this very blog a year ago, which ultimately drove me to apply for a school leaver position.
Leaving school and entering the world of work is no doubt daunting, however I was surprised to learn that it wasn’t as menacing as I’d previously anticipated. This was due to several events to which other new starters and I were invited to, prior to starting work. One such example was a pizza evening, which was the first time I met my new colleagues. The evening provided an opportunity for us to get to know one another, and in addition there were others who had joined Grant Thornton the year before who were on hand to answer any questions we had. Ultimately this made me feel a lot more relaxed and eased our concerns about joining the firm.
Fast-forward a few months and by the end of this week, I will have completed my first month at Grant Thornton. Every year, all new starters get to attend a two-day national induction, called Talent. It was a great chance to meet new starters from all across the country and as well as several informative workshops, and it ended with a surreal boat cruise down the River Thames!
After all the fun and excitement of this year’s Talent12, we returned to the office and underwent a business development project. The task was to primarily find prospective new clients for the firm; this consisted of heading out into local industrial estates and getting the names of local businesses. We then researched these companies back at the office and each compiled a shortlist. On the third day of the project, we had to present our findings to one of the partners and the rest of the group. It proved to be a fun exercise and taught us what Grant Thornton does as a firm and different ways in which we can help other firms.
In order to prepare you for college, Grant Thornton provide their own training course. New starters from other offices were part of the course as well. The most notable point to mention is the food you’ll receive. It took quite some self-restraint not to go for the chocolate cake, donuts, profiteroles or all sorts of wonderful desserts every night! I felt I bonded well with trainees from other offices, which really helps, especially as you may end up working with them in the future!
I think that leads up to where I’ve reached at the moment. I still have my first away job coming up to look forward to. What I can say so far is that it?s true what I’ve been told by others, each day has been different and has bought about new challenges so I look forward to updating you all on what the future will bring.
Last week Grant Thornton hosted their national trainee induction for the 2012 intake – Talent12 – at the Tower Hotel in London. One of our current first year trainees, Rajiv had the opportunity to act as a facilitator at the event. In his blog he tells us about his experiences and what you can expect when you join Grant Thornton as a trainee.
Hi, I’m Rajiv and I work in the Entrepreneur & Private Client tax department in London. After only a year at Grant Thornton as a graduate, I was asked to be a facilitator on the Grant Thornton national induction, ‘Talent12’.
The event consisted of inspirational talks from members of the National Leadership Board, break out sessions for the trainees to further their understanding of the business, a Thames river cruise in the evening for the trainees to put their networking skills to the test and also an opportunity to present back to their facilitators on what they learnt from the event.
At first I was a little nervous about being thrown into the deep end after only a year, however I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed facilitating a small class. This was made possible by the enthusiasm the trainees showed towards learning as much as possible about the business in a limited time. Within minutes the class was at ease after a short ice breaking event and as a unit everyone gelled together well. I was also very impressed by the quality and standard of presentations delivered by the new joiners in such a short space of time. The event was also beneficial for me as it was a great opportunity to enhance my leadership, communication and networking skills.
Talent 12 was a fantastic experience and an event which I will most certainly be back facilitating on again in the years to come.