Tag Archives: Audit

Why Public Sector Audit?

As a placement student in Public Sector Audit (PSA), you soon learn that when Grant Thornton job advertisements state that your job role will entail early responsibility, they are not joking! You will be plunged straight into work after your first week of induction training, with a supportive team around to answer questions and to help you get to grips with the day-to-day activities of your job.

However, as is typical with audit, there are peaks and troughs in the volume of work throughout the year. During quieter periods, you can utilise your time to learn more about the business and your chosen department. Commercial awareness is widely valued at Grant Thornton, so an understanding both your clients and the wider assurance department helps you to improve the quality of your work.

I interviewed Richard Percival, an Associate Director in the Birmingham office to learn more about the world of Audit. His candid replies offer a more personal insight into PSA, and he has a few words of advice for those of you that may still be uncertain of whether to apply for an intern or trainee role, helping you to make an informed decision based upon your interests and motivations. It’s not a shortest of articles, but it is definitely worth a read, so here goes! Read this post

The School Leaver Series 2016 – Sam

my-lync-photo-min-2Over the course of this week, we will be sharing a number of blogs from a few of our school leavers from across the firm. In these blogs, we will be sharing some of the great experiences we’ve had since working at Grant Thornton, whilst at the same time, talking about the key themes that come with joining as a school leaver, as opposed to being a graduate. We hope you find these useful! Read this post

The School Leaver Series 2016 – Jenny

 

Over the course of this week, we will be sharing a number of blogs from a few of our school leavers from across the firm. In these blogs, we will be sharing some of the great experiences we’ve had since working at Grant Thornton, whilst at the same time, talking about the key themes that come with joining as a school leaver, as opposed to being a graduate. We hope you find these useful!

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Takeover 2016: PSA Fact File

Personally, I never used Spilling the Beans more than when I was preparing for my final round assessment centre at the Birmingham office. So, rather than creating a day-in-the-life blog as many of my colleagues have already finely done in far better style than I am capable of, I thought it best, on a rainy train journey back from Shrewsbury to Brum, to explain what it is that makes Public Sector Audit (PSA) at Grant Thornton a bit unique, and let you know everything I wished I had known when I was preparing for my interview to get here…

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Takeover 2016: Our Summer Internship experience in Reading

As part of our development and goal setting as interns, myself, Rebecca and Stephen decided to write a blog expanding and reflecting on our experience of joining Grant Thornton for 6 weeks over the summer. We all agreed that Spilling the Beans was an extremely useful tool in finding out information about the application process and made the whole experience easier. Because of this we decided to try and give something back to the Spilling the Beans community and to help provide information to potential future interns about what being an intern at Grant Thornton actually entails…

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Takeover 2016: Away Day at the Velodrome

Hi all! I’m Jess and I’m an intern in the Entrepreneurial and Private Client tax department at the Euston office.

A few weeks ago the tax and audit London interns, along with the full time members of their respective departments, were invited to spend the day at the Lee Valley Velodrome for the Audit and Tax Collaboration Day. And what a day it was! I can honestly say I never thought I’d be able to call my office the middle of the Olympic cycling track, where so many gold medals were won for Great Britain…

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Takeover 2016: CIPFA Explained – An Associate’s Perspective

When it comes to choosing which firm and which service line is right for you, finding out more about the qualification that you will be studying towards during your first few years is an important part of making the right decision. I spoke to Sophie Medwell – Public Sector Assurance associate and CIPFA representative for the Bristol office – to find out more about her experiences with studying towards the CIPFA qualification…

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Life in Audit: An Intern’s Perspective

Hi all. I was motivated to write this blog so that I can provide a true and accurate reflection of what Grant Thornton is like as a firm, all from the fresh eyes of a current intern. I have just graduated from University and know far too well the confusion of the graduate market and the plethora of information that each company tries to throw at you. I think many of these recruitment marketing campaigns that other companies run are merely lip service and do not reflect the true nature of the company. I hope that by reading my blog you can gain a real reflection on what life is like at Grant Thornton and the great opportunities that you are given to you as an intern. In each blog I write I will also finish with one tip for anyone thinking of applying, so keep on reading!

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The PSA Series: Life as a PSA Associate

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The last guest blog in our PSA series comes from Jenny, an Associate in our Liverpool Office…

PSA is a rapidly growing department here at Grant Thornton and it’s with good reason- our firm is the best in its field. Grant Thornton is the UK’s number 1 Public Sector Auditor, boasting a 33% market share of Public Sector clients, making us the leading firm of business advisers in this space.

So, looking past the shiny facts and figures, what do we actually do on a daily basis and how does this fit into the bigger picture? After joining Grant Thornton only three months ago as a PSA Associate, I still have a pretty fresh perspective on how it all works.

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The PSA Series: Graduate Journey

 

blogThe next guest blog in the PSA series comes from Patrick, a graduate in the Liverpool office…

Hi, my names Patrick McCloskey. I’m an Accounting and Finance graduate working towards my professional accountancy qualification at Grant Thornton as a Public Sector Audit trainee. You’re probably reading this to get a better understanding as to why you’ve applied for Public Sector Audit or rather why you should apply, right? I’ll help you answer that by sharing my experience and answering those questions from my point of view.

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