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#WWYAB – Seizing Opportunities

One of the most important things for me of working at a large firm such as Grant Thornton is the opportunities that are presented to you. From my induction at Talent 12, I remember our CEO, Scott Barnes, telling us that we are all responsible for shaping our own future. I feel the way each of us can best do this is to work extremely hard along the way and continue to look to challenge ourselves.

My advice for all trainees is…

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#WWYAB – Developing a Specialism

During the #WWYAB series, ‘Developing a specialism’ hit home with me more than the other pieces of advice. This is because I have recently been thinking about my own future that little bit more, especially after turning the big two-one earlier this month.

I am currently half-way through the ACCA qualification, having completed seven out of 14 exams, and after the next sitting, will be part-qualified (fingers crossed!). This has made me increasingly think about what I want to do when I ‘grow up’ and finally become a qualified accountant. So far, I have only thought about the short term – completing the qualification. I think many people, as well as myself are guilty of jumping over the next hurdle but not thinking about the finishing line. Read this post

#WWYAB – Take the Step

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So you’ve got 10 A*’s at GCSE, three A’s at A-Level and a first degree from University, that’s great. In fact, that is a fantastic academic record and a wonderful start to any application that you make to a graduate employer, however it is only the start. With the competitive graduate employment market it is important to be able to demonstrate more than a sound academic record, and at Grant Thornton we have recognised this.

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#WWYAB – Think Like a Leader

“A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.” —Douglas MacArthur

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#WWYAB – Making the Right Impression

My cousin started at a new school a few weeks ago and was telling me that she’s worried about making the right first impression in order to ensure she makes friends.

Although this might seem trivial, it made me realise that in all stages of life, be it as a small child starting a new school, or being a graduate fresh from university walking into your first job interview, making the right impression is very important. In this blog, I am going to focus on how to make the right impression throughout the application process as although opinions may change, people will always remember you from the first time they met you.

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#WWYAB – Add Value and Build Reputation

When we came to choose the topic we wished to write about during the #WWYAB series, ‘Add value and build reputation’ stuck out for me as the one which epitomises what working life at Grant Thornton is all about.  Whilst working at the firm there are three main ways in which you can add value and build reputation, all intertwined and each as important as the next…

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#WWYAB – Find Your Groove

When we started the ‘What Would Your Advice Be’ blog series, ‘Find Your Groove’, really resonated with me as a cracking bit of advice. It came at a time when I felt I was starting to find my own groove! To me this means feeling happy and capable in my role, making some good friends at work, contributing significantly to my team and clients as well as teaching and collaborating effectively with others. It also means having a giggle and a laugh each day. But to you it might mean something different. For someone who didn’t find their groove straight after university or even straight after joining Grant Thornton this is a poignant bit of advice and reminded me of a couple of things:

  • To be happy and shine you must ‘find your groove’ in your job and (to get a tad deep) just generally in life!
  • Not everyone finds their groove in the same place, at the same time or in the same way.
  • You must put yourself in an environment where you are able to find your own groove.

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#WWYAB – Be Persistent and Don’t Rush

The week I joined Grant Thornton I travelled down to Windsor to attend ‘Talent 12.5’, a mini version of the ‘Talent’ induction event that is held for new trainees when they join. This event was held alongside the ‘Unleashing Your Potential’ event mentioned in Nick’s introduction.

The ‘top tip’ that most resonated with me was ‘Be Persistent and Don’t Rush’. This advice has been particularly apt for me as I have had to be patient and persistent in searching for the right career path, something I found after joining Grant Thornton back in January.

I graduated (way back) in 2009 from University of Birmingham and left University not certain of what my next step was. What I did know was that I wanted to start earning some money and wanted to go into a graduate role with an opportunity to develop a career. However… Read this post

Molly’s Accelerate Diary – August 2013

This month has been a really great one. It’s been hot, there have been barbeques, birthdays, bank holidays (although sadly the last one of the year until Christmas Day – scary!). The month began with me receiving my final AAT result and I am now over the moon to tell you that I am AAT qualified leaving me ready to take my next big step into the world of ACCA. Read this post

#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