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My first client experience

I’m Poppy and have recently started a 6 weeks internship in the Reading office and have just finished working on my first client – I thought it may be useful for any new starters to gain some insight into what this experience is like, so here are some of my thoughts!

I know for me, as I’m sure is the case for most, the opportunity to get stuck in with real responsibility and to gain an insight into life as an trainee was something that really attracted me to join Grant Thornton.  Now two weeks into a six week summer audit internship I can already assure you that this is definitely the case! Grant Thornton prides themselves on giving each intern a ‘real world’ experience in their chosen service line and this begins with the opportunity to travel to client sites and get hands on insight into what the job actually entails.  In your first week you will be told which clients you will be working with over the course of the summer and you will also be able to see who else is on your team.

My first client was a group of 19 telecommunications companies consolidated into 2 holding companies based just off the M3 – after extensive google mapping to discover the best route to the location I set off and after driving past the offices twice – I found it! Whilst somewhat daunted by the prospect of arriving at a novel location with what felt like very little audit knowledge, getting in touch with the job manager prior to my first day I was able to find out a range of information from the basic workings of the company to what I should wear and where I needed to be and when, all of which helped put me at ease.  As I’m sure you’re aware one of the CLEARR values which Grant Thornton create their culture around is respect, they have a desire to promote an inclusive environment that values the capabilities and contributions of each person. Whilst at the National Intern and Placement conference at the Finsbury Square office it became obvious to me that this is something that those within the firm encompass in their daily work life, and I can confidently say this has only been reaffirmed since being on site.  From the moment I arrived in the office it was obvious that the team not only had a great deal of respect for each other but also an appreciation for what each person could bring to the team which created a really enthused atmosphere amongst the group.

The opportunity to work within a small group gives you the chance to get to know a group of individuals on a more personal level.  I felt this enabled me to begin to develop an understanding of the role in a comfortable environment where there was always someone on hand to answer all my questions (however annoying I may have felt!) and guide me through the work at my own pace.  The team were really keen to get me involved in a whole range of tasks, helping me develop a broader understanding of both the business and the major aspects of the audit. However, I also found just being in the onsite environment and listening to the conversations going on around me to be equally as beneficial.

Working in a small close-knit team also offers a great opportunity to form new relationships.  Speaking from my own experience (and what seems to have been many others) the whole team were super eager to get to know me and by the end of the job I felt I had made some good friends.  This is great when you get back into the office as it means there is always someone to have a chat with over lunch or to reach out to with questions in a more relaxed environment.

I hope I have got across to you that this is a great experience and I that there is really no need to be too nervous! I definitely encourage you to go into it with enthusiasm and an open mind and I am sure you will enjoy your first client just as much as I have!


By Poppy Suthon – Audit Summer Intern

My first few days as a Summer Intern at Grant Thornton

On just the second day of my six week summer internship I, along with my fellow interns and placement students, got the train down to London for the intern and placement conference for all the new starters from across the country.

We arrived at Finsbury Square in time to have some lunch outside in the sunshine before heading into Grant Thornton’s main office in the UK, which occupies a whole building looking out onto the square. We headed all the way to the top floor where we had the chance to have a coffee whilst mingling with the other interns from different offices before Jamie, the Resourcing Advisor, opened the conference.

Throughout the afternoon we had various talks and activities including a funny and informative talk from Malcom Gomersall, a partner in the business, on how GT promotes diversity and inclusivity, and a slightly awkward but fun game of people bingo. We also learnt of some projects that we can get involved in during our time with the company, such as fundraising for businesses in developing countries.

In the evening we headed to a cool bowling alley in Shoreditch where all the interns got to know each other better (and enjoy the free bar!) before heading back to our hotels.

The second day of the conference started with an extremely inspiring talk from Sacha Romanovitch, CEO of GT UK. Sacha spoke of her experience of starting at GT as an intern and how she got to where she is, what she feels the company is currently doing that is exciting, and she answered questions on a range of topics from feminism to how GT are no longer tendering for FTSE350 clients.

Throughout the rest of the day we got the opportunity to ask a panel of current employees who had come through the intern or placement route for their advice, and we also learnt about how we can work hard to secure a graduate role with GT. We also learnt more about the different lines of service, audit, tax and advisory, from partners in these different areas. I was astonished by the varied careers people had had whilst working in these different areas, for example Jayne Archer, who works in advisory, told us about how she has become a specialist in auto-motives and solar energy through the work she has done.

I left the conference feeling inspired and very excited for my internship. Every single person who spoke to us seemed genuinely passionate about GT, what they do and the culture at the company. The fact that GT paid for us all to come down to London, put us up in a nice hotel and had Sacha take time out of her busy schedule to talk to us, despite only being in our first week at the company showed how important interns and placement students are to the company- we’re definitely not just here to make cups of tea! This really felt like it could be the start of a career with a fantastic firm, a firm that not only cares about making big profits (although they are important) but also cares about the communities that they work with and making a real positive impact on our economy.


By Francesca Brown – Audit Summer Intern

Public Sector Audit Internship: My First Week

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

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Six tips from six interns

The Euston interns at the Confidence in Presenting conference in the Birmingham office!

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.

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How to Apply…

So you’ve decided to apply to one of GT’s trainee programmes 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.

Once you’ve found the right area for you (Audit, Tax, Advisory … graduate, intern, placement or work experience) then you’re ready to get started. The first thing you’ll do is create a profile. It’s quite straight forward, but there’s a few things you’ll need to know. These tips will massively help you navigate the application form.

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My experience so far…

Hi, I’m Hien, an audit intern in Milton Keynes office. My journey leading to this internship at Grant Thornton is a little different from many others, as I have graduated from University and am now looking forward to my postgraduate programme next year. The reason for the continued study is that I am unsure whether I’m one hundred percent ready to commit myself to a full-time job. Besides, I’m also uncertain about my passion for a particular career.

I’ve embarked on my audit internship at Grant Thornton looking for a great combination of a fascinating career and the right firm to work for. So far, my experience here at Grant Thornton has exceeded my expectations.

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Something amazing this way comes…

Last Monday was that exciting time of year where we opened our doors to our fabulous Summer Interns! Before dispersing across the UK, and across all of our different service lines, they attended a central induction – to explain a bit more about the firm, and to prepare them for all we have in store for them over the coming weeks.

Something we have decided to do this year during the internship, is to give the interns control of the firm’s social media channels – so this site, our Facebook page and Twitter and Instagram accounts, for the time that they are here. It’s an approach to social media which reflects how much we trust and value our people as a firm – whether they have been here for one day, or forty years.

We also felt that it would be most useful for people looking to apply to the firm to have the freshest perspective on the job market, the application process, and what it’s like to be an Intern – and who better to give you that than the people who joined us less than a week ago!

The normal Spilling the Beans team members will stay working for the site in the background – answering any queries which aren’t specifically for the Interns. But, everything else on the site will be generated by our Summer Interns!

So, it is with HUGE excitement (and a little sadness as we’ll miss the site so much), that we handover to the new Spilling the Beans team: Maria, Craig, Adam, Sophie and Hannah. We can’t wait to see what you have in store for us!

Alex’s Final Corporate Finance Diary

With only a month until I leave, in this final blog I will be reflecting back on my year at Grant Thornton, and what some of the highlights have been. In the last few weeks I have been mentoring a student from the Peter Jones Academy, as well as helping a new joiner get settled. Both of these jobs have reinforced the phenomenal amount I have learnt this year, most of it without even realising it. The credit for that has to lie with the team that have always gone out of their way to install a fundamental understanding of the work I have been doing, as well as the unique way Grant Thornton encourages development in its employees. Read this post

Alex’s Corporate Finance diary – Part 4

I am writing this new instalment of my diary blog from completely new surroundings… well, maybe not completely new but my team has moved floors.  This is so we sit next to other parts of the broader advisory team (Recovery and Reorganisation, Transaction Advisory Services etc.) as part of Grant Thornton’s drive to deliver a suite of complementary services to our clients and foster closer ties between the different teams.  This has been an excellent opportunity for me to expand my network (rule one of Corporate Finance), and also put me in a better position to advise my clients on the services the firm can offer. Read this post

The Summer Internship – More than just six weeks…

The summer of 2012 will remain memorable for me for many reasons: the triumphant Olympics, volunteering at the Paralympics and my Grant Thornton summer internship. Nearly two years later, it is not the events of the Olympics themselves that are often splashed across the pages of newspapers but whether they have made a difference – the Olympic legacy. This idea of a legacy made me think about my own internship – how have I utilised the legacy of my internship? What have been the benefits of joining the firm part way through university? Read this post