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The School Leaver Series 2016 – Sam

my-lync-photo-min-2Over the course of this week, we will be sharing a number of blogs from a few of our school leavers from across the firm. In these blogs, we will be sharing some of the great experiences we’ve had since working at Grant Thornton, whilst at the same time, talking about the key themes that come with joining as a school leaver, as opposed to being a graduate. We hope you find these useful! Read this post

The School Leaver Series 2016 – Jenny

 

Over the course of this week, we will be sharing a number of blogs from a few of our school leavers from across the firm. In these blogs, we will be sharing some of the great experiences we’ve had since working at Grant Thornton, whilst at the same time, talking about the key themes that come with joining as a school leaver, as opposed to being a graduate. We hope you find these useful!

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My first month… as a School Leaver

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Name: Natasha

Office: Manchester

Service Line: Public Sector Audit

 

 

 

Top 3 highlights…

  1. Talent 16
  2. Meeting and getting to know many of the faces and new starters at Grant Thornton
  3. Shadowing Carl Williams

Top 3 things I’ve learnt so far…

  1. Always “Under promise but Over deliver” there’s nothing worse than setting unobtainable targets. However, through hard work and experience you can meet deadlines and exceed expectations.
  2. Patience. You won’t always be given ‘glamorous’ tasks to do.
  3. How to juggle both work, studying and having a social life. I would say that keeping them all balanced is key.

Best piece of advice for current applicants…

Take the risk, and always think big. You never know where life can take you.

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Name: Aamna

Office: Manchester

Service Line: Corporate Tax

 

 

 

Top 3 highlights…

  1. Bradenham
  2. Meeting and working with everyone in the department
  3. Getting started on client work straight away!

Top 3 things I’ve learnt so far…

  1. Always ask questions. Everyone’s here to help – you’re expected to make mistakes and not to know everything already!
  2. Juggle different tasks that you have to do. Prioritise them and complete them to the highest standard possible.
  3. Stay relaxed. Have a balanced work/social life.

Best piece of advice for current applicants…

Take any opportunity given. The more varied work you do the more you learn.

 

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Name: Victoria

Office: Milton Keynes

Service Line: Corporation Tax

 

 


Top 3 highlights…

  1. Getting the job
  2. Being smarter than my parents in terms of tax
  3. Being able to complete a company tax return on my own

Top 3 things I’ve learnt so far…

  1. How to complete a company tax return
  2. How to calculate personal tax liability
  3. Grant Thornton’s due diligence process for acquisitions

Best piece of advice for current applicants…

Have interaction with the firm where possible for example through work experience or pizza evenings.

 

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Name: Bailey

Office: Reading

Service Line: Corporate Tax

 

 

 

Top 3 highlights…

  1. Talent 16 – This was a great introduction to the firm and it allowed me to get a basic understanding of what we would be doing in the firm as well as allowing me to create a network of associates that I can turn to if I need help in the future.
  2. The first time that I completed a transmittal letter and corresponding email without any help at all. This was the first thing that I managed to do on my own (it took me much longer than it would take an exec but still) and I felt like I was a little bit more independent.
  3. TIM at Bradenham. This was the first bit of tax specific training that I received and I found it really interesting finding out more technical knowledge of what I will need in my job. Also it was interesting to find out about other taxes such as VAT.

Top 3 things I’ve learnt so far…

  1. The existence of capital allowances and the different pools that items fall into.
  2. How to prep a tax computation
  3. How to navigate most of the platforms that I use on a day to day basis such as Livelink, Alphatax and Voyager.

Best piece of advice for current applicants… Be polite, be punctual and be yourself – the firm has a very friendly nature and values people personality and dedication to learn. Use the materials you have – the LinkedIn page, Spilling the Beans and Grant Thornton home page are invaluable in the application process.

A Level Results Day… One Year On

Today’s guest blog comes from Chris, a trainee in our Manchester office who joined as a School Leaver last August…

This time last year, I didn’t quite know what to expect, whether that was with my exam results, or in starting my career at Grant Thornton.

Unfortunately, my exam results didn’t go the way I would have wanted, and that’s when the worry started to settle in about my prospects of joining the firm. I was on holiday at the time, and I remember as soon as my results came out, the first phone call I received was from Michelle in the resourcing team telling me not to be too hard on myself, and that Grant Thornton was still the place to be in order for me to develop my knowledge, and the skills that I had previously picked up in my A Level Accounting course.

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National Apprenticeship Week Part 2 – The Grant Thornton Experience

In part 2 of our National Apprenticeship Week blogs, we hear from Declan who obtained a permanent position at Grant Thornton through an apprenticeship.

Whilst at school I decided I wanted to work in accountancy and an apprenticeship would be the best way into the sector. Finishing school, I got in touch with an apprenticeship agency, City Gateway. City Gateway provides prospective apprentices with support in preparing for, and accommodating the facilitation of, apprenticeships. It was through City Gateway I found out about Grant Thornton and the apprenticeship they had to offer. I applied, and was successful for the role, and my journey with Grant Thornton began.

Upon arrival at the office, the team secretary greets me. She brings me to my people manager to be. “Hello James, it’s a pleasure to meet you” he says shaking my hand. “Likewise, but my name’s Declan?” I quite nervously utter. A burst of laughter soon surrounds us as we all realise I am standing in the wrong team.

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I’ve Joined! Joining Grant Thornton… The Unconventional Way

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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

Breaking down barriers

August 2011, and it was the moment I had been waiting for/dreading like so many other 18 year olds. It was results day. To say that I was disappointed when I opened that envelope would be an understatement. I had done well at school through my GCSEs and should have been on course to get good grades but unfortunately I had let life get the better of me by having a part time job and going out a little too often…it showed in my results. Achieving 2 Cs and a D I did not know what to do next. The applications I had begun to make for jobs were going to be rejected simply because I hadn’t got at least  Bs in A level History, English Literature and Maths. Read this post