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New Year, New…Job?

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What’s your New Year’s Resolution? Go to the gym? Visit a new country? Apply to Grant Thornton? Whatever it is you’re looking to do, don’t do it before checking out our blogs this week as part of our New Year’s Resolution Series, where a few members of the team will be sharing their experiences from their past year, and what they’re looking forward to in the next. First up is Izzy from our Finsbury Square office to talk about her experiences in 2015. Over to you…! Read this post

Talent… welcome to Grant Thornton

It’s Tuesday, the first day of Talent 15. It’s around 8:30am. Actually, it’s around 8:27am. You know what? Let’s call it as it is: it’s 8:27am exactly. I know that for sure. I’ve been turning my phone over in my hands ever since I got on the train at Stourbridge Junction to head into the Birmingham office, clocking every single minute.

All of this because I’m 33 minutes away from delivering exactly the same introductory talk for our 2015 trainees as I gave to our 2014 cohort, ahead of my second Talent event (the introduction for new starters to the firm) in two years.

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Not-For-Profit: A different kind of client

Today’s blog is written by Catherine, who has recently been working with lots of ‘Not-For-Profit’ or ‘Charity’ organisations that we work with in Grant Thornton. The way these kinds of companies operate is quite different to standard private corporations, as Catherine explains from her experiences…

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Election 2015: The Business Debate

Having just sat down on the train and opened my laptop to write this blog, my initial thoughts are: Wow, that was awesome!

The gorgeous sunny walk back to Euston and the magnificent setting of the British Museum were a pleasure. However, this morning’s Election business debate hosted by Grant Thornton, watched by 300 business leaders in the auditorium and broadcast to a wider audience via Bloomberg TV, was the real highlight. I will bet that no one watching  went home disappointed!

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A CLEARR night at the museum

Hopefully you’ll have seen and heard about the six core ‘CLEARR’ values of Grant Thornton, if not then Emily’s guest blog is a great place to find out more. Why do we value them so highly, and what affect do they have on our day to day lives at Grant Thornton?  Well, apart from being a great place to start interview preparation and being qualities that we are looking for at the firm, what you’ll soon learn when joining is that Points Mean Prizes!

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Guest Blog by Ivana: ‘Diversity’ – an elusive catchphrase

‘Join a truly global organisation’, ‘We value diversity’, ‘ We pride ourselves in our international work environment’ are just some of the catchphrases you might have encountered when applying for internship or graduate positions with various employers.  What do they mean in reality?

My name is Ivana and I am Bulgarian. I hope that sharing my experience with Grant Thornton will make these phrases a bit less abstract and put them into context. This blog is, however, not just targeted at international students; my aim is to convey a wider message about the culture within Grant Thornton.

To me these phrases became less abstract several weeks into my internship. There I was, enjoying the end of a productive workshop day at Bradenham and watching some of my fellow interns play a strange game called ‘croquet’.  I understand that playing croquet is somewhat popular in England but I had never heard of it before. Everyone was eager to help me learn the game and I felt the truly inclusive environment Grant Thornton is known for.

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My first…..”in-charge role (part 2)”

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog about my experience of being an in-charge for the first time and all the work I had carried out so far to plan the audit. Now, two weeks later, the audit testing is done, the file has been reviewed by the manager and partner and I think I can safely say that the last fortnight has been very challenging but rewarding. One of the things that has really struck me about being an in-charge is how relevant the CLEARR values are and in this blog I hope to provide some context as to why we look for trainees who can demonstrate the CLEARR values.

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Big Four? Mid tier? … A Category of One

 

A pleasant venue beside the Thames, speakers from the National Leadership Board (NLB) who lead the firm and a room full of engaged individuals keen to know what the future holds for them; minus the river cruise that my peers and I embarked upon having joined Grant Thornton in September 2012, this could have been our Talent12 welcome event, but the attendees at this particular conference were much more established and had gone on a variety of journeys to arrive at this point.  Maddie and I have spent the past couple of days at the Partners’ Conference 2014!

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Budget 2014 – Budget Breakfast

The early rise this morning was accompanied by George Osborne on the TV screens at breakfast, and the realisation that the reaction to this Budget wasn’t over – in fact it had only just begun!

With that in mind, Ed and I made the journey over to the London Stock Exchange (with only minor directional hiccups) for this morning’s Budget Breakfast, an event held by Grant Thornton to provide reaction to yesterday’s announcement and gain initial perspective to how it may affect our clients and the economy as a whole.

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