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Public Sector Audit Internship: My First Week

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

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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

Being an in-charge at Grant Thornton

“The price of greatness is responsibility” – Winston Churchill

Having now been at Grant Thornton for over a year and a half, one of my objectives this year was to in-charge a small audit before Christmas. So a few weeks ago I had my first in-charge job – objective…Tick!

So OK, being an in-charge is not quite on Winston Churchill’s levels of ‘responsibility’… Read this post

Molly’s Accelerate Diary – October 2013

October has been a month that has seen me really start to pick up the pace of revision. With my first two ACCA exams taking place on the 3 and 9 December this might sound like a lifetime away, but what with working full time and trying to squeeze in a little bit of a social life, the revision has to start now. This has caused me to feel somewhat like a working, revising robot so, at the end of a hard days revision, for which I had taken a day’s holiday,  I treated myself to…

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Intern of the Year Awards

Hello! My name is Isabel Candy and I interned this summer in the Property Tax department in the London office. I was fortunate enough to be one of two interns awarded the title of Grant Thornton Intern of the Year 2013 Regional Winner for London, and spent a day with the other regional winners presenting to senior staff at Grant Thornton’s Euston office.

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#WWYAB – Networking

When I joined the Southampton office I made the short trip from Portsmouth as I relocated into a one bedroom flat in the city centre. Having gone to Loughborough University, when I moved to Southampton I knew no one in the city. This was a daunting experience but I looked forward to setting myself up in a new place.

A great advantage of working for a firm of this size is that for the most part, on your first day, you’re joined by several other trainees. For me, I started on the same day as three auditors so already there were people in a similar position to me.

A social life at Grant Thornton is encouraged and I’m frequently meeting up with colleagues as part of my non-working life. However, I can’t hide the fact that I’m keen to meet people outside of these walls from other areas of the city. Read this post

Home or Away – The Big Decision

Now that applications are open for 2014 positions (did you see our Instagram and Facebook countdown by the way?) I thought I would address one of the age old dilemmas which we all will face at some time in our lives; whether to stay at home or to move away. Some of us will have already made this choice when choosing a University to attend, whilst others will have only witnessed this tough choice on travel TV programmes, where the participants face a choice of staying in the UK or moving to wherever it is that they want to sit in the sun/ bathe in fresh springs/ open a zoo. The decision is really up to you, and there is no one size fits all advice that I can give however I will offer you the experiences of my friends and I to help you along the way. Read this post

Jonathan’s Public Sector Diary – Q3 2013

Hello and welcome to the next instalment of my Public Sector Diary, and my first as a fully-fledged member of the Spilling the Beans team! A common perception can be that a lot of businesses slow down over the summer months, but this is not the case in Public Sector Audit. To say the past few months have been busy would be an understatement as the final accounts audits of our Local Government clients have been in full swing. Read this post

The Perks of being a School Leaver

The recent release of this year’s A Level results caught my attention when I heard that a record 401,000 applicants had been accepted for undergraduate courses within 24 hours of receiving their results, that’s 9% higher than last year.

When fees were trebled to £9,000 in 2012 many expected that more students would opt instead for higher level apprenticeships, which provide workplace experience and a professional qualification.  I was surprised then to discover that recent findings by the AAT showed that 81% of parents are unaware that a higher apprenticeship is an university-level qualification. Read this post

Life in London Audit

Grant Thornton Football Tournament 2013

Adam joined Grant Thornton as a trainee in September 2012. He is our new regular guest blogger and will be giving you an insight into life as an Audit trainee in London.

This is my first blog for “Spilling The Beans” and pondering what to open with  has been surprisingly difficult. Tossing between profundity and wit and whether I could pull either off caused far too much confusion for me and so I decided it would be better just to describe my motivation for becoming a guest blogger. Read this post