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
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…
When it comes to choosing which firm and which service line is right for you, finding out more about the qualification that you will be studying towards during your first few years is an important part of making the right decision. I spoke to Sophie Medwell – Public Sector Assurance associate and CIPFA representative for the Bristol office – to find out more about her experiences with studying towards the CIPFA qualification…
The last guest blog in our PSA series comes from Jenny, an Associate in our Liverpool Office…
PSA is a rapidly growing department here at Grant Thornton and it’s with good reason- our firm is the best in its field. Grant Thornton is the UK’s number 1 Public Sector Auditor, boasting a 33% market share of Public Sector clients, making us the leading firm of business advisers in this space.
So, looking past the shiny facts and figures, what do we actually do on a daily basis and how does this fit into the bigger picture? After joining Grant Thornton only three months ago as a PSA Associate, I still have a pretty fresh perspective on how it all works.
Hi, my names Patrick McCloskey. I’m an Accounting and Finance graduate working towards my professional accountancy qualification at Grant Thornton as a Public Sector Audit trainee. You’re probably reading this to get a better understanding as to why you’ve applied for Public Sector Audit or rather why you should apply, right? I’ll help you answer that by sharing my experience and answering those questions from my point of view.
The next guest blog in the PSA series comes from Will, a graduate in the Liverpool office…
Reading this title you may be wondering what PSA is? In short, think ‘standard’ commercial audit but only for public sector entities such as councils, hospitals, colleges etc. Before I applied I read everything I could find on the blog and it really helped me out, not only in terms of getting through the application but helping me understand whether PSA was a path I wanted to take. I’m an anthropology graduate so familiarity with maths wasn’t exactly at the top of my CV, but the job is just as much about people as it is about the numbers!
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.
Our latest guest blog comes from Jenny – a new starter in Public Sector Assurance based in the Liverpool Office.
So, university seemed the be all and end all to me – the one thing that differentiated the exceptional from the good, and the deal maker when it came to securing that all important first ‘proper’ job. With a firm nudge from school, I headed off to a reputable red brick university to study a bachelor of science in Accounting and Finance… Read this post
When you apply for a trainee position in a professional services firm, you always get asked this one question: “What do you think you will be doing on a day-to-day basis?”
As an Associate in Public Sector Assurance you will be heavily involved in audit testing for our existing clients. But more crucially, you will also see more of the other side – winning new work!
Following on from Maddie’s blog on Wednesday giving a whirlwind tour of the first half of 2015, this blog picks up from July to cover the second! Read this post