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My First Week on my 12 Month Placement

Hi,

My name is Emma and I have just started my 12 month placement in Corporate Finance in the Reading Office.

My first week here has been really helpful, mainly focusing on training and getting to know the other interns and placement students, as well as my CF team. Walking into the office on Monday morning was very scary, I didn’t know a lot about Corporate Finance at all, or what I would be doing on a day-to-day basis. They definitely didn’t throw us in at the deep end though, as most of Monday was spent with general introductions and a few ethics and health and safety talks. We also heard from current placement students / associates, who reassured us and answered any questions we thought were too silly to ask our managers.

On Tuesday and Wednesday there was a national conference in London for all the placement students and interns, which again was very relaxed and was mainly focused on us getting to know the company a bit more. We even had a talk from Sacha Romanovitch (our CEO). It was definitely one of the most interesting talks of the day, and I think I can speak for most people when I say it was very inspiring. She was so relatable, talking about her kids and how she started as an intern as well, before taking questions and answering as many of them as she could. Sacha answered questions on balancing being a mother and a very successful woman in business, as well as questions on Grant Thornton’s beliefs and current strategies and goals. It was definitely one of the highlights of the conference. On Tuesday evening the recruitment team had organised bowling and food/drinks which definitely helped us to get to know each other better, in a relaxed out-of-office environment.

The Thames Valley placement students and interns then spent Thursday in the Oxford office, going through more talks and getting set up on most of the systems we need. Again, it was done in a relaxed environment to help us get to grips with everything and ask the ‘stupid questions’ (there’s no such thing as a stupid question) we needed to.

Friday was my first proper day I would say, and again everyone in my CF team was so welcoming and accommodating that I didn’t feel overwhelmed or like I couldn’t ask about anything I didn’t know. Everything I needed to know got explained to me, and all my questions were answered without any frustration or annoyance. It was really interesting getting into the work, and I finally found out what I would be doing on a day-to-day basis.

What I would say to any new starters, especially those on a placement year like me, is don’t worry. I can honestly say everyone I have met so far has been very warm and welcoming, and they really don’t expect you to come in knowing the answers for anything. Any help you need is offered to you, it’s really not an intimidating environment! People are patient and relaxed with you, knowing you’re not a qualified accountant and not everyone does something finance related at university.

So far, I’ve really enjoyed my time at GT, and can’t wait to get more involved in what I’m doing.

 

By Emma Ryan – Corporate Finance 12 Month Placement

Why Public Sector Audit?

As a placement student in Public Sector Audit (PSA), you soon learn that when Grant Thornton job advertisements state that your job role will entail early responsibility, they are not joking! You will be plunged straight into work after your first week of induction training, with a supportive team around to answer questions and to help you get to grips with the day-to-day activities of your job.

However, as is typical with audit, there are peaks and troughs in the volume of work throughout the year. During quieter periods, you can utilise your time to learn more about the business and your chosen department. Commercial awareness is widely valued at Grant Thornton, so an understanding both your clients and the wider assurance department helps you to improve the quality of your work.

I interviewed Richard Percival, an Associate Director in the Birmingham office to learn more about the world of Audit. His candid replies offer a more personal insight into PSA, and he has a few words of advice for those of you that may still be uncertain of whether to apply for an intern or trainee role, helping you to make an informed decision based upon your interests and motivations. It’s not a shortest of articles, but it is definitely worth a read, so here goes! Read this post

Placement Year Insight – Josh

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Are you considering doing a placement at Grant Thornton as part of your degree programme? If so, you’re in the right place. I’ll explain what life has been like for me at Grant Thornton since I started, why I chose accountancy, and then specifically why I chose Grant Thornton. Read this post

Alex’s Corporate Finance Blog – Part 2

In my previous blog I gave you a brief background to our Corporate Finance team, as well as touching on some of my experiences within Lead Advisory and Public Company Advisory.  As recruitment season is well and truly upon us, I will share some of my experiences hunting for a placement, what I think made me successful and how I have been making the most of the opportunity.

The first point worth mentioning is that your university will probably be pushing for you to apply to as many placements as possible. Whilst this scatter gun approach has some benefits, I would offer a word of caution. In my experience there is often an inverse relationship between quantity and quality of applications.  Applying for fifty placements sounds impressive… Read this post