From what I thought and who I met, to what I did and where I went, this blog gives a pretty comprehensive account of my first week as a public sector audit (PSA) intern at the London Euston office. Although your experience won’t be the same, I hope this gives those soon to join Grant Thornton a flavour of what is to come in your first week.
Holly, Public Sector Audit Intern
As us Audit interns in Euston started our internship three weeks before those in other offices we thought we would each give a quick insight into what we’ve learnt so far and helpful tips for those who have just started the program or for those thinking of applying in the future.
So you’ve decided to apply for work experience at Grant Thornton and you’re asking yourself what’s the application form like, will it take me ages? The good news is we’ve shortened our application form considerably; it really won’t take you long.
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…
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…
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…
The workshops were great and the people even better. The best part of my internship so far.
I have just spent the last two days at Bradenham, Grant’s Thornton training centre in Buckinghamshire. My course was called ‘Developing your Business Impact’, but this was just one of the things I learnt during my stay. The workshops covered how to give a great first impression, how to make an engaging and memorable presentation, as well as many other top tips for succeeding in your career. If you are currently an intern awaiting your turn at Bradenham, or thinking of applying to Grant Thornton looking for a real insight into what this firm can offer you, keep reading!!
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!
I’m Helen and I joined the Public Sector Audit (PSA) Manchester team on the graduate programme in July 2015, having completed a three month internship the summer before. I guess if you’re on this blog you’re trying to find out more about public sector audit, and whether it’s for you? Hopefully this blog will give you a better idea of what life is like in PSA. Here’s a photo of me and my college mates enjoying an away dinner,
The application stage
The first thing – and probably the most nerve wracking – is applying! But as strange as it sounds, I really enjoyed my application process with Grant Thornton. On the day of my assessment centre I nervously arrived at the Liverpool office, expecting a grilling but I was instantly made to feel so welcome. The day kicked off with the group activity and then the individual interviews. We also had the opportunity to meet with current associates and ask questions about life a trainee. This was my first time speaking to an Associate and it was interesting to get a first-hand perspective on what to expect. Once my nerves were put to one side I really enjoyed the day and found it quite interesting.
The conversation with the CEO comes to an end. Watch the last episode of the series where we get to know more about Sacha outside of work. Sacha talks about her favourite books, favourite music, her dream three course meal… and as a bonus, tells us about her dream three course dessert.
Thanks to everyone who has been following the series!