Hi, I am Amy and I am part of the Manchester University campus alumni team for Grant Thornton.
My role within the team is the campus ambassador. I was an audit intern over the summer at the Milton Keynes office and I was asked to represent Grant Thornton at university. In addition, I was lucky enough to be offered a job for when I finish my degree next summer.
My ambassador role involves promoting and attending Grant Thornton careers events, competitor research and creating a campus intelligence report. I suppose I am like a link between students in Manchester and Grant Thornton. I thought it would be a great opportunity for me to get involved in this way, as I am on the same wavelength as the students applying to internships/graduate programmes. I am hopefully able to give really helpful hints and up to date advice that will be valuable to prospective candidates.
As well as me, there are seven others in the Manchester Alumni team, which has grown from just four people in the last year. The other members in the team are employees at Grant Thornton who used to be students at Manchester. There is a real mix of people, from audit, tax, business risk and now me in actuarial . The breadth of experience is great, as we are in a good position to answer most questions that students ask.
The first event we did this year in Manchester was the Pizza night at a swanky bar on Deansgate locks, which was a great success. It was fantastic to see so many keen students who seemed really enthusiastic about the firm. The free drink and pizza was obviously a massive bonus, especially for students like me. Having some nice wine for once was really appreciated, and there was definitely the odd student who made the most of the free bar, but who can blame them!
We have also been attending all appropriate careers fairs that the University holds. The first one I helped out at was in my faculty, the Maths department. It went well and I suppose the fact that we ran out of our brochures within two hours suggests it was pretty successful.
In early December I organised an event for 18 students at Manchester who have received offers from Grant Thornton, or are in the final few stages of the application process. It was a great way for everyone to get to know each other a little before joining, and will hopefully make their first day at Grant Thornton seem less daunting! We had a buffet, mince pies and mulled wine to help everyone get into the Christmas spirit. It was a lovely evening and the applicants that I spoke to afterwards said that they really enjoyed talking to fellow applicants as well as Grant Thornton staff from a range of departments.
I must say I could not have done it without the help of the rest of the Manchester team, they have been an incredible help.
So it has been a busy semester so far, but it is going brilliantly and I have really enjoyed being involved. We have had plenty of top quality applications, and I hope that many were inspired to apply because of the great efforts of the Manchester Alumni team!
It is now time for me to focus on my January exams (unfortunately). But next semester we have a Times Top 100 Campaign to prepare for and hopefully some careers workshops to organise amongst other activities. So we have busy but exciting times ahead, and I will keep you posted on any more campus activity in Manchester!