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Eight questions you may have as a prospective intern

What will I need at the start of my internship?
A lot of the information and equipment (including your own laptop!!!) gets given to you on the first day by GT. All I’d say you need to bring is some smart clothes, pens, passport and a trusty notepad. GT should get in touch with you to let you know where you are and anything extra to bring.

What’s it like on the First Day?
The first day can be really nerve-racking, but what I tried to remember when I was there is that I was with 14 other people in the same position. You’ll likely see some people there from your assessment day or from an ice-breaking event Grant Thornton may have arranged, so you’ll be sure to see a friendly face. It’s a nice introduction to the company and with the people you’ll be seeing in the office over the next six weeks. Just try to speak to them all and remember to be yourself.

What are the people like?
You’ll hear Grant Thornton brag a lot about how good their people are, but this isn’t just them saying what you want to hear. Everyone has been in the position of knowing nothing before and because of that they’re very understanding. They’re also very friendly and will happily answer the questions you will inevitably have. Not once in my time so far have I not been greeted with a smile. I can guarantee the people will be one of your favourite parts of your six weeks.

Will I just be making the tea?
There’s always a worry with internships that you won’t actually get a feel for the job, and if you do it will only be shadowing. That is really not the case here. In my second of six weeks I was being put in charge of making documents for a huge client (under supervision of course). It was great (but also very scary) to see a document made by me being uploaded and signed off on the Audit system. You also get to do a range of tasks in your area and have the freedom to feel you’re contributing.

Am I always going to be in the same office?
The simple answer is no. For my first week I was in Reading on the Monday, London on the Tuesday and Wednesday, Oxford on the Thursday and Southampton on the Friday. This is really nice as you get to see the very different offices, I can assure you London and Southampton are chalk and cheese! You also get to spend time on client sites as part of a team, which is a very different experience to the office. If that isn’t enough, you also get to spend two days at a training site. You’ll be able to try a range of meal deals all over the country!

How difficult is it to travel?
After the last bullet point this is probably your first thought. If you have a car and are confident in using it, then you’ll be fine. If, like me, you don’t have a car it is more difficult, as not all the offices and client sites are easily accessible by train. It can be done though, one of the guys I worked with has managed to get everywhere so far by using a mixture of train and bus. My personal preference however would be to try and car share with others. You inevitably feel bad for asking but it is a great solution. Not only does it make your travelling easier, being stuck in a car for an hour and a half with your fellow interns is a great way to get to know them better, something you’ll appreciate in the office.

Will I always be doing the same thing?
The cliché you’ll hear from the auditors when you start is that “every day is different”. I was personally quite sceptical of this idea as it must surely be the same work. For your internship though, this cliché is definitely valid. Whenever I’ve been working on audit I have been able to do a wide range of jobs to help the team, with almost every one being something new. By the end of my six weeks I’ll have also spent days with the tax team, corporate finance team, marketing team, with clients on site and even at a training facility right out of Downton Abbey!

What advice would you give me?
The advice I would give from my own personal experience would be to not hold back during it. Ask as many questions as you can, say yes to as many things as you can, offer to do as much during the days as you can, speak to as many people as you can. You realise when you get here that six weeks is really not a long time, because of this it’s important you find out as much as you can about the job and the company in that time, and you can’t do that by being half-hearted.

By James Holcombe – Audit Summer Intern

‘Being Thrown in The Deep End’ – A Dive Not a Fall

Having started my audit placement at Grant Thornton three weeks ago I understand how daunting it can be beginning a new job at such a respected firm. Whilst excitement prevails, there was definitely a part of me that was scared I wouldn’t be able to perform my job in line with the standards of this successful family. My personal experience in accounting prior to this job was extremely limited and so knowing I was starting work with my first client in my second week was a pretty scary prospect. However, looking back now, I wish I never worried.

Everyone in the firm I had spoken to had always said that us placement and intern students were very much thrown in the deep end. Whilst this was exciting as we knew we were given responsibility from the start, it was also unnerving to think we were expected to go from knowing nothing to everything in such a short time frame. This is where I was wrong.

You aren’t expected to know everything at the end of your first day. You’re expected to have a resilient attitude and a passion to learn. Yes, you are immediately doing the work you probably will perform at a plethora of businesses throughout your time here, but you aren’t ‘thrown’, you’re ‘introduced’, as how else are you to learn?

In my first official week of work I was guided through every step of the way, but never spoon fed. It was up to me to take initiative, explore areas of this work and learn through both the assistance of my teammates as well as my own personal curiosity. Therefore, even though you do find yourself in the deep end, it’s a dive not a fall; an exploration not an accidental disaster.

The truth is, everyone you’ll be working with has been in your position before. They’ve had a first day, they’ve had a first client and they’ve learnt along their journey to be where they are today, so why would you be any different? This common ground instils an empathy across the entire firm that not only make colleagues patient with questions, but also provokes a desire to be a helping hand in the learning process.

Something I was told so many times in my introductory week was that ‘no questions is a stupid one’ and that is meant so sincerely. No matter what your query is, just ask – likelihood is it’s been asked a hundred times before and everyone else has been worried over its validity as well. You always have a team and you are always a part of the wider GT family, so have both confidence in your part of that family and trust in the family you are part of.

So, enjoy your first few weeks and indulge in the unknown. It’s such an exciting time, and an introduction I’m sure you won’t forget. The deep end can be a scary place, but if you always paddle on the surface you’ll never know what’s down there.

By Sky Hormbrey – Audit Placement

Five Top Tips for before you start as an Intern at Grant Thornton

Before I started my internship at Grant Thornton I was really unsure of what and how to prepare. Or even if there is any preparation necessary. As a result, I decided to share my five top tips for anyone starting next.

  1. Prepare for the rollercoaster – catch up on sleep

It is fair to say that there is a massive contrast between university and the workplace. One of which is laziness and sleep. As a result it is important that you prepare yourself for the roller coaster that is about to unfold. Make sure to get caught up on sleep and get into a routine of waking up early. Otherwise, you will anticipate a massive shock to the system. There is no being lazy at work so be sure to prepare yourself.

  1. Make sure you have the wardrobe to match

I am not saying that it is necessary for you to go out and spend a fortune, just make sure that you have the essentials (comfy pair of shoes, at least!). We are lucky enough to work with the amazing Grant Thornton policy of ‘Dress for your Diary’, so it is not a massive issue. However, if you are out with a client you will be representing Grant Thornton and should be dressed accordingly.

Furthermore, I found that in the first couple weeks I was really appreciative to have purchased a new suitcase. Although each trip down to London is only a day or two, it is good to have the space to not crush everything in a bag. Therefore, I’d highly recommend the purchase if you have not got a good hand luggage case already.

  1. If there are any events going on to meet people, go along

It is always great to know recognisable faces before starting on your daunting first day. It also provides the opportunity of getting to know people outside the office. People are busy each day so to meet in social aspect initially, is a great advantage. I was invited along to a pizza and beer night before I started which was great fun. On that night, I was introduced to a lot of the people that I now work with on a daily basis.

  1. If you know any of the other interns that you will be working alongside, give them an add on Facebook

I was lucky enough to be able to attend the pizza and beer event before starting my internship. I ended up adding a fellow intern on Facebook and ended up travelling to our first induction day together. It really helped settle my nerves on the day since I was no longer alone. An opportunity that never would have happened if we had not added each other on Facebook. So I highly recommend sending a wave!

  1. Get Excited

As corny as it sounds, you are about to embark on an incredible six week roller coaster. It’s an amazing experience from the second you start. We are extremely privileged to get the opportunity to do an internship at Grant Thornton and have worked extremely hard for many years to get the chance. Therefore, get excited – this is what we worked for!

By Danielle Smith – Audit Summer Intern

Advice from a school leaver- how to ace the application process!

So, you’re thinking of applying for a role at Grant Thornton- great! We’re thrilled you’re considering us. But before you do, we wanted to share with you a few hints and tips, which will help you to best prepare for the application stages and get the most out of the process.

I’m a school leaver that joined Grant Thornton a few years ago, so I know exactly how daunting it can be, which is why I wanted to help you through our process.

From start to finish, the application process is nice and simple and broken down into clear phases , which you’ll work through depending on your success at each stage. So we thought we’d familiar you with the process, before you hit that big ‘apply’ button! Read this post

Six tips from six interns

The Euston interns at the Confidence in Presenting conference in the Birmingham office!

As us Audit interns in Euston started our internship three weeks before those in other offices we thought we would each give a quick insight into what we’ve learnt so far and helpful tips for those who have just started the program or for those thinking of applying in the future.

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