Tag Archives: Applications

How to Apply…

So you’ve decided to apply to one of GT’s trainee programmes and you’re asking yourself what’s the application form like, will it take me ages? The good news is we’ve shortened our application form considerably; it really won’t take you long.

Once you’ve found the right area for you (Audit, Tax, Advisory … graduate, intern, placement or work experience) then you’re ready to get started. The first thing you’ll do is create a profile. It’s quite straight forward, but there’s a few things you’ll need to know. These tips will massively help you navigate the application form.

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Vibrant economy: what does it all mean?

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

BGS Associate Programme Series: My biggest challenge as a graduate


The next blog in our BGS series comes from Sanna, an associate who joined the programme in 2014…

In July 2014 I joined the BGS associate programme at Grant Thornton as a Trainee. Coming almost straight out of university, the biggest challenge I set for myself was to learn more about my interests and strengths, while also trying to figure out the value I can add to a large organisation like Grant Thornton. With only a few months left on the programme, I thought that now would be a good time to reflect on where I’ve got to with my thinking. Read this post

BGS Associate Programme Series: Variety, Responsibility and Senior Leadership

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“Why I would recommend the BGS Associate Programme to anyone who really wants to stretch themselves in a varied graduate role…”

If you’d asked me two years ago I would never have imagined I could learn so much within such a short amount of time – especially given I had no previous commercial experience. I’ve now been a part of the BGS Programme for almost two years and I cannot believe how fast time has gone by. It has been a great experience – fun, challenging and stretching.

So what is it about the BGS programme that has made it a fun, challenging and stretching experience?

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BGS Associate Programme Series: Three reasons why I love the programme

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The second blog in our BGS Series comes from Helen, a Trainee Associate new to the programme…

The newest cohort of Future Leaders joined in January 2016, and after a two week induction period we were unleashed into Business Growth Services. Now onto our second seven week rotation, it is a great opportunity to reflect on why I chose to apply to Grant Thornton’s BGS Associate Programme. Also, the top three reasons why I would recommend the programme to anyone who is looking for a challenge to kick start their career.

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BGS Associate Programme Series: Experiences of the Programme


The first blog in our BGS series comes from Josh, a Trainee Associate on the Future Leaders Programme…

Like many, I left university without a clear idea of what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. A similar feeling had led me into a Master’s program following my undergraduate degree, but now was the time to knuckle down and find a place to make my mark. The residing and most difficult question remained…..WHERE? I applied across a range of different companies and job types, partially successfully. I obtained final stage interviews at a FTSE 100 company for their marketing scheme, an American merchant banking firm on a wealth management program and at Grant Thornton for the BGS Associate Program. Now, just a few months into my time with Grant Thornton I honestly know I made the right choice. The programme has given me the opportunity to test myself in an exciting and challenging space, surrounded by experienced professionals and ambitious people like myself.

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#Six Nations Series: Scotland. Working in the Glasgow office (insights from a football fan)

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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.

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The letters after your name – CA, CPFA…what do they really mean? The new ICAS-CIPFA qualification

GT trainees2We are Alex and Hiruni – 2 of the 9 Public Sector Audit trainees in London who are studying towards the first-ever professional qualification of its kind – the integrated ICAS-CIPFA qualification.

The big CA (Chartered accountant) – CPFA (Chartered Public Finance Accountant) debate, and how it has changed since the arrival of the ICAS-CIPFA qualification?

A career in public sector financial services has for a long time been heavily linked with the membership of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy- the world’s only accountancy body to specialise in public services. Indeed, Molly’s blog told you all about the CIPFA qualification. This has for many students served as a strong foundation to which a career in public finance has been built.

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