So this week we headed up to the University of Hertfordshire to attend the Talent 16 Vibrant Orientation Event and to get the new intake of trainees engaged and informed about what joining Grant Thornton is all about…
If someone asked you ‘what is the purpose of Grant Thornton?’ would you be able to answer them? You may think about audit or tax or other services offered by the firm…however the reality is a much bigger goal. Per the Grant Thornton website ‘our purpose is to shape a vibrant economy, and our vision is that by 2020 we will be the go-to firm for growth for dynamic organisations’. Doesn’t that sound impressive?! In this blog I hope to uncover a bit more about what the vibrant economy campaign means and how it has impacted on my role as a trainee in the Sheffield audit team. Read this post
For several months members of the Sheffield office have known about the exciting possibility of an office move and this week we have publicly announced that we are relocating from our current premises to a brand-spanking new (newly refurbished) building in the heart of Sheffield’s city centre. Read this post
The final blog in our #GTBGS series comes from Nicholas, a Future Leader who has cofounded a charity in El Salvador…
National Apprenticeship Week is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service and is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy. We hear from Nick in the Digital Media team who shares his Grant Thornton story.
When one thinks of Grant Thornton, or any other professional services firm for that matter, the first word that pops into one’s head is “accountants” which is not a word I get that excited by. It came as a surprise therefore, to a somewhat naïve 20 year old Nick, that such a firm even had a marketing department and were recruiting for an Apprentice in the Digital Marketing team. The apprenticeship in question is the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy Level 5 Higher Apprenticeship in Business Innovation and Growth. To say this caught my interest would have be an understated as it was the perfect opportunity for me to move into the wider world of work whilst also learning about and earning a respectable qualification in business innovation.
Why did you choose the Glasgow office?
Rather uninterestingly the main reason is that I live in Glasgow and I also went to the University of Glasgow. Initially I thought that’s what it boils down to for most people but when I think about my colleagues that’s not always the case. Someone who started as a graduate with me comes from Nottingham and just wanted a change, so there are all sorts of reasons you might choose Glasgow. A lot of it, I reckon, is down to the city itself being an exciting place to live with a vibrant atmosphere, rich history and plenty to do. Our office is right at the heart of it on Queen Street at the corner of George Square. Overall our office is made up of people from all over the UK (our managing partner is from Manchester); as well as secondees from as far afield as Texas. So on second thought, I guess there is a big draw to working in the Glasgow office.
Andy, are you a rugby fan and do you have a favourite rugby player? Whose rugby player’s career do you want your Grant Thornton career to resemble, and why?
Amazingly, not only am I an accountant, I’m also a massive rugby fan. The Six Nations closely rivals Christmas and the Summer for my favourite time of the year, despite the inevitable moment when you realise England will finish 2nd…again. My favourite rugby player ever simply has to be Jonny Wilkinson, a beautiful player and just a once in a generation fly-half. I don’t think I would hear the end of it if I said my Grant Thornton career resembled him! As a result I would say my career is probably modelled on that of Danny Cipriani, like him, I’ve moved about a fair bit (started in the Bristol Public Sector Audit (PSA) team, moved to the London PSA team and am currently on secondment in the Business Consulting team within Corporate Finance) and like him at the moment, I need to continue working on my game to ensure selection. Fortunately, unlike Danny I have managed to avoid negative press from the tabloids in recent years!
I (Kit, a Public Sector Audit trainee) am sitting at the back of a busy room on the second floor of Bradenham manor house in Buckinghamshire. As I sit and listen I can’t help but think… about all of the talent in this room – there is some serious talent. But perhaps we should go back to the beginning of this story…
The next Six Nations game is not until the 26th February but we have good news: to make the wait easier and keep up the spirit, we decided to recreate our own Grant Thornton Six Nations tournament.
Up until March 19th we will run a series of Q&A blogs with some willing volunteers from a variety of Grant Thornton UK offices, ranging from Cardiff, Glasgow, and London Finsbury.
To allow you to compare and contrast trainee experience across the UK, the Spilling the Beans team has asked the 4 trainees identical questions. The replies we got have been fascinating …every office has its own little quirks, rituals and ways of working, yet what seems to be the common theme is our culture and our values. See for yourself what we mean!
Just in time for the Wales vs. France game next week, we start with the Cardiff office and Hannah.
As you approach qualification at Grant Thornton you begin to get opportunities to consider what you want to do next in your career and an occasion that allows this is the Unleashing Your Potential event. This year it was held at the Barbican Centre in London and saw people newly qualified or nearing qualification gather to consider where they want their career to go next. Read this post