I applied for Grant Thornton this time last year and have recently started working in the Ipswich office as an Accelerate trainee. Given that applications have recently opened, I thought it would be useful for me to give you an insight into my experience and how I went about preparing for each stage. Read this post
Hi I’m Emily, I joined Grant Thornton last year as a school leaver in the Ipswich office, so I thought I would let you know what our office is like.
The Ipswich office is based in the centre of town in a large office block (Crown House). Our office is also right next to a swimming pool and gym which is perfect if you want to do some exercise after a day in the office. The office is opposite many shops so you can pop in and get some food or do some shopping if need be but it does mean you can end up spending lots of money in the town at lunch. Luckily as an audit trainee you tend to spend lots of time out at various clients in different locations.
The office is modestly sized with approximately 40-50 people, this makes for an incredibly close nit office. The office has a number of social events throughout the year with monthly pizza and refreshments quiz nights, charity runs, football tournaments, Christmas parties and more. Our office takes on, on average 4 or 5 new starters each year – usually 2 school leavers and 2 graduates for audit as well as a new starter in tax. We also take on 2 interns each year who are in their penultimate year at university, who join the office for a 6 week taster. The Ipswich office is fast growing and at the minute we are winning lots of new and exciting clients including a lot of work in Essex which is perfect for those living around Colchester but also nice for those living around Ipswich as it is only a short drive or train journey.
Our clients tend to be mainly construction and logistics but we also have various other industries such as car dealerships, insurance companies as well as many more. The varied size of clients means that while you get to work in big teams it is also ideal for new starters as it allows you to in-charge some smaller jobs and gain responsibility nice and early in your career providing a rounded experience.
Ipswich is a friendly town. Accommodation prices around here are very affordable compared to all the larger cities which means you will get more for your money.
Overall, this is an incredibly dynamic office which seems to be growing year on year, as such the Ipswich office is a great place to develop with lots of opportunities for promotion.
If you are considering Ipswich and would like to know more about locating here, please check out Victor’s relocation blog for guidance and tips. In addition if you have any questions please let me know by commenting under the blog or raising the query on the forum.