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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

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