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Five Weeks In and I Do Not Want to Leave! My Internship Experience So Far

I joined Grant Thornton on the 4th of June 2018 as a summer intern in audit for six weeks. My internship began with a day of induction where we met our resource coordinator, but also had talks with people in the office about Quality, Ethics and Excellence. It was a great chance to meet my fellow interns, but also to get the feel of the firm that we were going to be a part of for the next few weeks. We received our laptops, which was very exciting and were shown all the IT tools that the company uses to stay organized and connected.

On just my second day in the firm, I was sent out to client site, which although intimidating at first, was one of the best experiences I had. I met my team, who were all lovely people that made me feel welcomed and were keen to answer any queries I had. For the next 3 weeks, I was on client site mostly, with a new client each week and a new audit team. This gave me the necessary client exposure, which was one of the goals that I wanted to achieve at the start of my internship. The work I was given to do was diverse and quite challenging at times, but it felt rewarding once I saw that it was contributing to the overall audit. Everything I was doing linked with each other and I slowly began to understand a little more of what audit is. I completed various tests for different items on financial statements, spoke to clients with the guidance of my team and that propelled me forward, motivating me each step of the way. Everybody I worked with was genuinely nice and always reassured me that they were there should I need any help; that is the one thing that stood out to me about Grant Thornton from day one: the people. Ultimately the people make a firm and everybody at Grant Thornton wants you to succeed, ask questions and most importantly make you feel like you are a part of their family.

Grant Thornton were fantastic in organizing events for us. On our second week, we had a pre joiner’s pizza and drinks event at the Finsbury Square office, where all interns and new joiners attended in order for us to meet and network. It was such a relaxed and enjoyable event, which included a speed dating game, in order for everyone to have the chance to meet as many people as possible. Everyone clearly enjoyed the game and it was an amazing opportunity to speak to people in the same position as me, but also school leavers and graduates joining later in the year. The following week we had our national intern and placement conference, which was definitely one of the highlights of my internship. Interns and placement students from other regional offices came to the London office to join us for the day and a half conference. The conference kicked off with various people, including partners from audit, tax and advisory that came to speak to us about the firm, but also about their experience at Grant Thornton. This was then followed by an interesting version of bingo, which was also structured in a way that made sure we all had a chance to speak to one another. The conference closed off by an evening of bowling and drinks, where we all shared laughs, got to know each other a little better and obviously attempted to bowl a strike! The second day of the conference was opened by our CEO, Sacha Romanovitch, who came to speak to us about her journey, the obstacles she faced and how we could enrich our experience during our time here. I appreciated so much that she took time from her schedule, to come and speak to us and I found all her tips and lessons very useful for my future.

Another pinnacle moment of my internship, was our day and a half trip to Bradenham. This is the place that Grant Thornton employees go for training, located in High Wycombe. The manor house is surrounded by greenery and picturesque views, making it a relaxing place for training and a nice break from the office. We went there to enhance our presentation skills and learned so many tips and tricks in order to nail our final week presentation. We were a total of eighteen interns from London and other regional offices, which made it easy for us to bond and get to know one another. The weather was glorious and all of us enjoyed laying down on the lawn to soak in as much sun as possible. We did various group and individual exercises around presentation skills and I can safely say that I left Bradenham feeling much more confident in public speaking and presenting. All these events helped me expand my network, but they also taught me how to distress, relax and enjoy the company of the people around me.

I am currently in the fifth week of my internship that will soon be coming to an end. I met amazing people, gained the necessary client exposure and become more confident in myself. I achieved these goals with the help of everyone that I worked with and that is something that I will most certainly never forget. My experience so far at Grant Thornton has been nothing short of astounding and my six weeks here will definitely be missed!

By Marianna Emmanouilidou – Audit Summer Intern

Five Top Tips for before you start as an Intern at Grant Thornton

Before I started my internship at Grant Thornton I was really unsure of what and how to prepare. Or even if there is any preparation necessary. As a result, I decided to share my five top tips for anyone starting next.

  1. Prepare for the rollercoaster – catch up on sleep

It is fair to say that there is a massive contrast between university and the workplace. One of which is laziness and sleep. As a result it is important that you prepare yourself for the roller coaster that is about to unfold. Make sure to get caught up on sleep and get into a routine of waking up early. Otherwise, you will anticipate a massive shock to the system. There is no being lazy at work so be sure to prepare yourself.

  1. Make sure you have the wardrobe to match

I am not saying that it is necessary for you to go out and spend a fortune, just make sure that you have the essentials (comfy pair of shoes, at least!). We are lucky enough to work with the amazing Grant Thornton policy of ‘Dress for your Diary’, so it is not a massive issue. However, if you are out with a client you will be representing Grant Thornton and should be dressed accordingly.

Furthermore, I found that in the first couple weeks I was really appreciative to have purchased a new suitcase. Although each trip down to London is only a day or two, it is good to have the space to not crush everything in a bag. Therefore, I’d highly recommend the purchase if you have not got a good hand luggage case already.

  1. If there are any events going on to meet people, go along

It is always great to know recognisable faces before starting on your daunting first day. It also provides the opportunity of getting to know people outside the office. People are busy each day so to meet in social aspect initially, is a great advantage. I was invited along to a pizza and beer night before I started which was great fun. On that night, I was introduced to a lot of the people that I now work with on a daily basis.

  1. If you know any of the other interns that you will be working alongside, give them an add on Facebook

I was lucky enough to be able to attend the pizza and beer event before starting my internship. I ended up adding a fellow intern on Facebook and ended up travelling to our first induction day together. It really helped settle my nerves on the day since I was no longer alone. An opportunity that never would have happened if we had not added each other on Facebook. So I highly recommend sending a wave!

  1. Get Excited

As corny as it sounds, you are about to embark on an incredible six week roller coaster. It’s an amazing experience from the second you start. We are extremely privileged to get the opportunity to do an internship at Grant Thornton and have worked extremely hard for many years to get the chance. Therefore, get excited – this is what we worked for!

By Danielle Smith – Audit Summer Intern