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Expectations vs. Reality: Commercial Audit

A little bit of background about myself: I have just finished my second year of an Accounting and Finance degree at the University of Leeds. My hobbies include: playing cricket, reading and being sad that it is not coming home this year! I am currently on the Commercial audit internship in the Birmingham office.

I don’t know about all the backgrounds of the other interns but outside of work shadowing, I had never had a proper office job where I was given real work. I was expecting a decent amount of pressure, calling clients a lot and lots of simple number crunching. However, the reality I found was more engaging. While I have done some adding up to check the numbers, it has been interesting to see a real set of accounts (I am an accounting and finance student). I thought this type of work would be fairly demoralising but it is easy to see how it all fits into a full audit and so it is interesting work. It also helps that the people who I have worked with have been really nice and explained things well so I feel like I am involved.

Being an intern you might have expected that someone would be checking on you and making sure that you are on track. However, in reality when I had work, I was given some independence and freedom to do my work, this has been fantastic because I don’t feel over pressurised and that is what I wanted coming into this internship. Despite being an accounting and finance student, it is nice that the managers do not assume that you are knowledgeable. This means that they explain processes in simple terms and make it easy to understand the work that you are being asked to do. Another expectation that I had would be that managers would give you some work and you would be expected to do it without a hitch. In reality everyone is understanding and willing to answer any questions that you might have.

My expectations for being on-site were of the auditors being put in a tiny, hot room with piles of work to do. In reality the last week that I have been on-site the work has been interesting and manageable. There does seem to be a lot of work that needs doing as I expected, but they have treated us quite well and it has been a good experience. With the amount of work that everyone has been doing, I have been pleasantly surprised at how nice the other auditors have been in both giving me work and explaining it so that I can understand. I have also asked them multiple questions about some pieces of work they had just explained to me and they were very patient and helpful. Having been kept busy, I also feel like I have been contributing to the overall audit.

Overall, I went in with expectations of the work and day to day activities being tough and high pressured, but the reality I have found is that the people who work here at GT have been inclusive and really embody the values of GT.

 

By George Grandage – Audit Intern

Perfecting my presentation – Bradenham

Hi everyone! This blog is going to be about my time at Bradenham, and will hopefully be useful for future interns when they first start at the firm!

So the main focus of Bradenham is to improve your presentation skills, setting you up well for the final presentation at the end of the internship. After arriving at the manor house and having some lunch, we jumped straight into some workshops. To begin with, we were tasked with creating an elevator pitch. This exercise really helped identify the key facts and strengths that you would want to tell someone if you had limited time, such as at a networking event or conference. Shortly following this, we had 30 seconds to deliver our pitches in front of our groups, with very little preparation time. Because of this, it gave some practice on off the top presenting, and allowed areas of strength and weakness to be identified.

Following a coffee and cake break, we next looked at presentation structures. A TED Talks video (https://www.ted.com/talks/nancy_duarte_the_secret_structure_of_great_talks) helped highlight a shared structure that all great speeches have shared, ranging from Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s ‘I have a dream speech’, to Steve Job’s iPhone release talk. Building upon the structure, many great speeches were shown to use humour to add effect, alongside asking the audience questions and interacting with them. Repetition of important themes and take home points throughout the talks can help emphasise key ideas, and speakers can connect with their audiences by making the talks personal. This session provided so many tips and pointers that you can use to help create your final presentation, or for presentations at university. We also started to look at the CROSSOFF methods that can be applied to presentations as well.

In the evening we had lots of free time after dinner to relax. On site there’s a pub that we all went to, where we watched the Argentina v Nigeria World Cup game, followed by Love Island. Next morning after breakfast, we started more workshops. In groups, we were tasked with presenting on different aspects of work that Grant Thornton are working on, such as how the firm is working to restore Trust and Integrity back into markets. This task was a challenge as we were only given 40 minutes to create a 10 minute presentation to deliver as a group. It really helped develop team working skills, especially given the time pressure. Additionally, it gave us a first chance to use some of the newly learnt presentation tips.

Finally, the last task was for everyone to create their own presentation on a chosen subject. This had to be 5 minutes long, and like before, we were given a limited amount of time to prepare it. This final presentation helped bring together everything we learnt during our time at Bradenham, from body language and presentation structure, to tonality and dealing with time pressure. Overall, my time at Bradenham was amazing, and it’s definitely something that you will be looking forward to when you start as an intern!

By Lucas Price – Audit Intern

A Surprisingly Relaxed Start

After having secured a 12-month placement at Grant Thornton in mid-February I didn’t give it another thought, choosing instead to focus on more pressing issues such as my looming second year university exams. Only the night before my first day of work did panic well and truly set in. At around 9:30pm on the Sunday before my first day did I finally realise that I didn’t really know what audit was despite having done two years of an Accounting and Finance degree. Fast-forward four weeks and not much has changed apart from the fact that I am no longer worried that I don’t know what a full audit entails. I know all I need to do is ask. The start to my placement has been much more relaxed than I initially expected which has been a very pleasant surprise.

After sitting through a long first day of orientation, with countless people talking at us for seven hours and collecting about a hundred different handouts detailing all parts of GT’s various policies on ethics and more, I was daunted by the sheer overload of information. And I still wasn’t any closer to knowing what audit was. I wondered whether I was cut out for the long work days having done pretty much nothing useful for my first two years at university.

But after the National Conference everything started to look up. It was great to get out of the office and meet my fellow placement students and interns in a more casual setting and it was exciting to stay over in London in a nice hotel. We got to hear some rags-to-riches stories from some of the partners and a feminist icon as well as a social in the evening. It was a great chance to bond with other new starters from my area while not being stuck inside all day listening to someone give a speech. I got to know the other starters well which was a huge relief and made everything much easier knowing that you were all going through the same things together.

The rest of my first week flew by. We were given a bit of basic audit training and got to meet the rest of the office who were all very welcoming. I was then dropped on-site for my first week of actual work with a client and I was blessed with having a very understanding team who explained anything and everything I needed with no hesitation and gave me actual responsibility on the project which really helped to keep my motivated. Having now been at GT a little longer I can say for certain that this is the culture that GT aim to maintain across the whole firm and it really shows in that everyone, no matter how senior they are, is willing to help you.

It is still early into my placement and I’m still settling into GT but I was pleasantly surprised as to show relaxed my first month has been. There is a lot of work to do but you are never given ridiculous deadlines by your manager and they are more than willing to help you if you have a question. I had also heard old-school horror stories about interns having to just make coffee and do photocopying all day but I can now say that this is definitely not the case at GT, if anywhere. I was also shocked at how quickly the student body can adapt to working 37.5 hours per week. I had a few headaches after my first few days of proper work but after one week I was totally used to the new routine and love the fact that I don’t really have to do any work when I get home, unlike at university.

One of the main things that has helped me to cope with this huge change of routine is having other starters that I can talk to or ask for help, this is a clear benefit of working for a big company like GT. Overall, so far my start into corporate life with Grant Thornton has been challenging but enjoyable and I am excited to see how else I can develop my knowledge of audit and get involved in more office socials.

By Om Menon – Audit Placement

Eight questions you may have as a prospective intern

What will I need at the start of my internship?
A lot of the information and equipment (including your own laptop!!!) gets given to you on the first day by GT. All I’d say you need to bring is some smart clothes, pens, passport and a trusty notepad. GT should get in touch with you to let you know where you are and anything extra to bring.

What’s it like on the First Day?
The first day can be really nerve-racking, but what I tried to remember when I was there is that I was with 14 other people in the same position. You’ll likely see some people there from your assessment day or from an ice-breaking event Grant Thornton may have arranged, so you’ll be sure to see a friendly face. It’s a nice introduction to the company and with the people you’ll be seeing in the office over the next six weeks. Just try to speak to them all and remember to be yourself.

What are the people like?
You’ll hear Grant Thornton brag a lot about how good their people are, but this isn’t just them saying what you want to hear. Everyone has been in the position of knowing nothing before and because of that they’re very understanding. They’re also very friendly and will happily answer the questions you will inevitably have. Not once in my time so far have I not been greeted with a smile. I can guarantee the people will be one of your favourite parts of your six weeks.

Will I just be making the tea?
There’s always a worry with internships that you won’t actually get a feel for the job, and if you do it will only be shadowing. That is really not the case here. In my second of six weeks I was being put in charge of making documents for a huge client (under supervision of course). It was great (but also very scary) to see a document made by me being uploaded and signed off on the Audit system. You also get to do a range of tasks in your area and have the freedom to feel you’re contributing.

Am I always going to be in the same office?
The simple answer is no. For my first week I was in Reading on the Monday, London on the Tuesday and Wednesday, Oxford on the Thursday and Southampton on the Friday. This is really nice as you get to see the very different offices, I can assure you London and Southampton are chalk and cheese! You also get to spend time on client sites as part of a team, which is a very different experience to the office. If that isn’t enough, you also get to spend two days at a training site. You’ll be able to try a range of meal deals all over the country!

How difficult is it to travel?
After the last bullet point this is probably your first thought. If you have a car and are confident in using it, then you’ll be fine. If, like me, you don’t have a car it is more difficult, as not all the offices and client sites are easily accessible by train. It can be done though, one of the guys I worked with has managed to get everywhere so far by using a mixture of train and bus. My personal preference however would be to try and car share with others. You inevitably feel bad for asking but it is a great solution. Not only does it make your travelling easier, being stuck in a car for an hour and a half with your fellow interns is a great way to get to know them better, something you’ll appreciate in the office.

Will I always be doing the same thing?
The cliché you’ll hear from the auditors when you start is that “every day is different”. I was personally quite sceptical of this idea as it must surely be the same work. For your internship though, this cliché is definitely valid. Whenever I’ve been working on audit I have been able to do a wide range of jobs to help the team, with almost every one being something new. By the end of my six weeks I’ll have also spent days with the tax team, corporate finance team, marketing team, with clients on site and even at a training facility right out of Downton Abbey!

What advice would you give me?
The advice I would give from my own personal experience would be to not hold back during it. Ask as many questions as you can, say yes to as many things as you can, offer to do as much during the days as you can, speak to as many people as you can. You realise when you get here that six weeks is really not a long time, because of this it’s important you find out as much as you can about the job and the company in that time, and you can’t do that by being half-hearted.

By James Holcombe – Audit Summer Intern

My Bradenham Experience

I went into our two days of training at Bradenham with high expectations, as almost every associate I had spoken to at the firm had talked so highly about it. After a few wrong turns on my drive up, including missing the entrance, I finally arrived nice and early on Monday morning and instantly understood why. The grand entrance and the acres of lush garden land were an incredible welcoming, and we got started with our workshop straight away. The title of the workshop was ‘developing your business impact’ and was mainly based on improving our public speaking and presentation skills, looking at our end of internship presentation.

The group consisted of all the audit interns from across the country, and we started off with a few ice breakers; getting to know each other and finding out everyone’s hobbies and interests. The course was very ably lead by Jamie New, Ursula Hughes and Carolyn Sansom and their unique insights and feedback across the two days were incredibly helpful for our personal development.

We were given a lot of on the spot training, being given very little time to prepare for a short presentation. The first of which was a sort of elevator pitch to a manager as to why we’d be the ideal person for a job, presenting to small groups. The instant feedback we received was incredibly helpful as it allowed us to implement the changes in a short time. Presenting to a range of people allowed feedback from different perspectives who could pick up distinct features of yourself, whether it was your shaking legs, over the top hand gestures, or poor engagement with your audience. We later learned that over 50% of the overall delivery consisted of body language, about a quarter tonality, and less than 10% of the actual words you say, meaning that even if your content was remarkable, your audience may not take any of it in if your tonality and body language were poor.

After a lovely lunch break, we reconvened, and after some more theory we set about our next task. Three new groups were each given a topic of a feature of the Vibrant Economy Index, with my group presenting on ‘sustainable growth’ which was more at ease for me with my economic geography background. After 25 minutes of prep we presented back to the whole group receiving constructive, positive feedback in the GT framework. For topics people knew little about, all three groups spoke very well and confidently. The audience would’ve struggled to tell that the group had such little time to prepare for it.

At 6pm, we all had a barbecue in and sat around in the picturesque garden while some of the guys ‘attempted’ to play some croquet. Then at 7pm as soon as the bar opened, everyone flooded in to watch the football on the television, and even after the game finished, everyone remained to watch the evening’s episode of Love Island which allowed for plenty of bonding, interaction, and interesting debate. After a few games of pool, more socialising, and LinkedIn/Facebook adds, everyone went back to their rooms for some well earned rest.

The final day was all about our own personal presentations, which were going to last around 7 mins on any topic of our choice. So again after some more theory, we went away on our own to work on our presentations; mine was on my recent field trip to Havana where I investigated patterns of music consumption among different social scenes. Our group went out into the garden to present and it was already clear to see everyone taking in the advice they’d been given as everyone spoke immaculately well. Everyone spoke of genuinely interesting topics with particular favourites in my group being Marianna Emmanouilidou’s life of travelling having visited 57 countries aged 20, Jack Chisholm’s volunteering and charity work, and Rebecca Rowland’s passion for dance.

After another tasty lunch, we all parted ways, with new friendships and connections. I believe everyone definitely felt more confident with themselves at the end of the second day, with lots of practice and astute feedback which will put everyone in a better position for ‘improving their business impact.’

By Nikhil Rawal – Audit Intern

Getting the most out of your Placement at GT

Starting any placement or internship can be a daunting experience, well at least it certainly was for me. At times you will feel like a crash dump of information hits you straight in the face and that you have to desperately force your two remaining brain cells to focus and retain any salient information possible. But remember, you are never alone and that this is one of the most invaluable experiences of your life to date. So I decided to write a post detailing how to get the most out of your time with GT.

Embrace that you know nothing
It is okay to feel at times that you have absolutely no idea what you are doing. In fact, it is completely natural. Going on a placement is one of the biggest learning curves you will have faced so far and I can guarantee at the start you will question whether you will actually be able to learn even the most basic work. Relax, I can confirm that you do learn and you do pick things up as you go along. I implore you to always ask questions as everyone is incredibly talkative and friendly. At the end of the day you are here to learn and the only way to do that is to ask questions, sitting in the corner slowly drowning in questions but refusing to ask any will not help you.

Connect, connect, connect
During your first week here you will be part of the National Conference, where over 100 interns and placement students from across the country come to London for 2 days. This is a fantastic networking opportunity so make the most of it, get to know new people and have a good laugh along the way. Grant Thornton is an amazing firm, everyone I have met are super friendly and the people really are the backbone of the firm.

Express yourself
In the grand scheme of things a year is a very short period of time (6 weeks even less), it will fly by. Don’t be a passive participator, try and make a lasting impression of your time here. Be friendly, be chatty, but most importantly be yourself. If you get an offer from GT then the interviewer must have seen something that they liked about you already. The people are the firm, so don’t pretend to be someone you aren’t, be true to yourself and put yourself out there.

Take every opportunity
If you have an interest in another service line then go and explore it. There are opportunities to go on Secondments to both Tax and Advisory and you have an opportunity to explore more about the firm and what it has to offer, don’t let this opportunity pass you by. Get involved in team days and careers fairs, if someone gives you an opportunity to do something different always say yes and see where it takes you; hopefully it takes you somewhere warm and sunny but in the UK this may well be hard to find!

Be happy
Enjoy your time here, there will be highs and lows but make every effort to enjoy it. Like anything, what you put in is what you get out of it in the end, so put as much as you can into your work and beyond your 9 to 5 job and there is no reason why you won’t have very fond memories of your time here.

By Alexander Prentice – Public and Third Sector Audit Associate

‘Being Thrown in The Deep End’ – A Dive Not a Fall

Having started my audit placement at Grant Thornton three weeks ago I understand how daunting it can be beginning a new job at such a respected firm. Whilst excitement prevails, there was definitely a part of me that was scared I wouldn’t be able to perform my job in line with the standards of this successful family. My personal experience in accounting prior to this job was extremely limited and so knowing I was starting work with my first client in my second week was a pretty scary prospect. However, looking back now, I wish I never worried.

Everyone in the firm I had spoken to had always said that us placement and intern students were very much thrown in the deep end. Whilst this was exciting as we knew we were given responsibility from the start, it was also unnerving to think we were expected to go from knowing nothing to everything in such a short time frame. This is where I was wrong.

You aren’t expected to know everything at the end of your first day. You’re expected to have a resilient attitude and a passion to learn. Yes, you are immediately doing the work you probably will perform at a plethora of businesses throughout your time here, but you aren’t ‘thrown’, you’re ‘introduced’, as how else are you to learn?

In my first official week of work I was guided through every step of the way, but never spoon fed. It was up to me to take initiative, explore areas of this work and learn through both the assistance of my teammates as well as my own personal curiosity. Therefore, even though you do find yourself in the deep end, it’s a dive not a fall; an exploration not an accidental disaster.

The truth is, everyone you’ll be working with has been in your position before. They’ve had a first day, they’ve had a first client and they’ve learnt along their journey to be where they are today, so why would you be any different? This common ground instils an empathy across the entire firm that not only make colleagues patient with questions, but also provokes a desire to be a helping hand in the learning process.

Something I was told so many times in my introductory week was that ‘no questions is a stupid one’ and that is meant so sincerely. No matter what your query is, just ask – likelihood is it’s been asked a hundred times before and everyone else has been worried over its validity as well. You always have a team and you are always a part of the wider GT family, so have both confidence in your part of that family and trust in the family you are part of.

So, enjoy your first few weeks and indulge in the unknown. It’s such an exciting time, and an introduction I’m sure you won’t forget. The deep end can be a scary place, but if you always paddle on the surface you’ll never know what’s down there.

By Sky Hormbrey – Audit Placement

My first client experience

I’m Poppy and have recently started a 6 weeks internship in the Reading office and have just finished working on my first client – I thought it may be useful for any new starters to gain some insight into what this experience is like, so here are some of my thoughts!

I know for me, as I’m sure is the case for most, the opportunity to get stuck in with real responsibility and to gain an insight into life as an trainee was something that really attracted me to join Grant Thornton.  Now two weeks into a six week summer audit internship I can already assure you that this is definitely the case! Grant Thornton prides themselves on giving each intern a ‘real world’ experience in their chosen service line and this begins with the opportunity to travel to client sites and get hands on insight into what the job actually entails.  In your first week you will be told which clients you will be working with over the course of the summer and you will also be able to see who else is on your team.

My first client was a group of 19 telecommunications companies consolidated into 2 holding companies based just off the M3 – after extensive google mapping to discover the best route to the location I set off and after driving past the offices twice – I found it! Whilst somewhat daunted by the prospect of arriving at a novel location with what felt like very little audit knowledge, getting in touch with the job manager prior to my first day I was able to find out a range of information from the basic workings of the company to what I should wear and where I needed to be and when, all of which helped put me at ease.  As I’m sure you’re aware one of the CLEARR values which Grant Thornton create their culture around is respect, they have a desire to promote an inclusive environment that values the capabilities and contributions of each person. Whilst at the National Intern and Placement conference at the Finsbury Square office it became obvious to me that this is something that those within the firm encompass in their daily work life, and I can confidently say this has only been reaffirmed since being on site.  From the moment I arrived in the office it was obvious that the team not only had a great deal of respect for each other but also an appreciation for what each person could bring to the team which created a really enthused atmosphere amongst the group.

The opportunity to work within a small group gives you the chance to get to know a group of individuals on a more personal level.  I felt this enabled me to begin to develop an understanding of the role in a comfortable environment where there was always someone on hand to answer all my questions (however annoying I may have felt!) and guide me through the work at my own pace.  The team were really keen to get me involved in a whole range of tasks, helping me develop a broader understanding of both the business and the major aspects of the audit. However, I also found just being in the onsite environment and listening to the conversations going on around me to be equally as beneficial.

Working in a small close-knit team also offers a great opportunity to form new relationships.  Speaking from my own experience (and what seems to have been many others) the whole team were super eager to get to know me and by the end of the job I felt I had made some good friends.  This is great when you get back into the office as it means there is always someone to have a chat with over lunch or to reach out to with questions in a more relaxed environment.

I hope I have got across to you that this is a great experience and I that there is really no need to be too nervous! I definitely encourage you to go into it with enthusiasm and an open mind and I am sure you will enjoy your first client just as much as I have!

 

By Poppy Suthon – Audit Summer Intern

Five Weeks In and I Do Not Want to Leave! My Internship Experience So Far

I joined Grant Thornton on the 4th of June 2018 as a summer intern in audit for six weeks. My internship began with a day of induction where we met our resource coordinator, but also had talks with people in the office about Quality, Ethics and Excellence. It was a great chance to meet my fellow interns, but also to get the feel of the firm that we were going to be a part of for the next few weeks. We received our laptops, which was very exciting and were shown all the IT tools that the company uses to stay organized and connected.

On just my second day in the firm, I was sent out to client site, which although intimidating at first, was one of the best experiences I had. I met my team, who were all lovely people that made me feel welcomed and were keen to answer any queries I had. For the next 3 weeks, I was on client site mostly, with a new client each week and a new audit team. This gave me the necessary client exposure, which was one of the goals that I wanted to achieve at the start of my internship. The work I was given to do was diverse and quite challenging at times, but it felt rewarding once I saw that it was contributing to the overall audit. Everything I was doing linked with each other and I slowly began to understand a little more of what audit is. I completed various tests for different items on financial statements, spoke to clients with the guidance of my team and that propelled me forward, motivating me each step of the way. Everybody I worked with was genuinely nice and always reassured me that they were there should I need any help; that is the one thing that stood out to me about Grant Thornton from day one: the people. Ultimately the people make a firm and everybody at Grant Thornton wants you to succeed, ask questions and most importantly make you feel like you are a part of their family.

Grant Thornton were fantastic in organizing events for us. On our second week, we had a pre joiner’s pizza and drinks event at the Finsbury Square office, where all interns and new joiners attended in order for us to meet and network. It was such a relaxed and enjoyable event, which included a speed dating game, in order for everyone to have the chance to meet as many people as possible. Everyone clearly enjoyed the game and it was an amazing opportunity to speak to people in the same position as me, but also school leavers and graduates joining later in the year. The following week we had our national intern and placement conference, which was definitely one of the highlights of my internship. Interns and placement students from other regional offices came to the London office to join us for the day and a half conference. The conference kicked off with various people, including partners from audit, tax and advisory that came to speak to us about the firm, but also about their experience at Grant Thornton. This was then followed by an interesting version of bingo, which was also structured in a way that made sure we all had a chance to speak to one another. The conference closed off by an evening of bowling and drinks, where we all shared laughs, got to know each other a little better and obviously attempted to bowl a strike! The second day of the conference was opened by our CEO, Sacha Romanovitch, who came to speak to us about her journey, the obstacles she faced and how we could enrich our experience during our time here. I appreciated so much that she took time from her schedule, to come and speak to us and I found all her tips and lessons very useful for my future.

Another pinnacle moment of my internship, was our day and a half trip to Bradenham. This is the place that Grant Thornton employees go for training, located in High Wycombe. The manor house is surrounded by greenery and picturesque views, making it a relaxing place for training and a nice break from the office. We went there to enhance our presentation skills and learned so many tips and tricks in order to nail our final week presentation. We were a total of eighteen interns from London and other regional offices, which made it easy for us to bond and get to know one another. The weather was glorious and all of us enjoyed laying down on the lawn to soak in as much sun as possible. We did various group and individual exercises around presentation skills and I can safely say that I left Bradenham feeling much more confident in public speaking and presenting. All these events helped me expand my network, but they also taught me how to distress, relax and enjoy the company of the people around me.

I am currently in the fifth week of my internship that will soon be coming to an end. I met amazing people, gained the necessary client exposure and become more confident in myself. I achieved these goals with the help of everyone that I worked with and that is something that I will most certainly never forget. My experience so far at Grant Thornton has been nothing short of astounding and my six weeks here will definitely be missed!

By Marianna Emmanouilidou – Audit Summer Intern

Five Top Tips for before you start as an Intern at Grant Thornton

Before I started my internship at Grant Thornton I was really unsure of what and how to prepare. Or even if there is any preparation necessary. As a result, I decided to share my five top tips for anyone starting next.

  1. Prepare for the rollercoaster – catch up on sleep

It is fair to say that there is a massive contrast between university and the workplace. One of which is laziness and sleep. As a result it is important that you prepare yourself for the roller coaster that is about to unfold. Make sure to get caught up on sleep and get into a routine of waking up early. Otherwise, you will anticipate a massive shock to the system. There is no being lazy at work so be sure to prepare yourself.

  1. Make sure you have the wardrobe to match

I am not saying that it is necessary for you to go out and spend a fortune, just make sure that you have the essentials (comfy pair of shoes, at least!). We are lucky enough to work with the amazing Grant Thornton policy of ‘Dress for your Diary’, so it is not a massive issue. However, if you are out with a client you will be representing Grant Thornton and should be dressed accordingly.

Furthermore, I found that in the first couple weeks I was really appreciative to have purchased a new suitcase. Although each trip down to London is only a day or two, it is good to have the space to not crush everything in a bag. Therefore, I’d highly recommend the purchase if you have not got a good hand luggage case already.

  1. If there are any events going on to meet people, go along

It is always great to know recognisable faces before starting on your daunting first day. It also provides the opportunity of getting to know people outside the office. People are busy each day so to meet in social aspect initially, is a great advantage. I was invited along to a pizza and beer night before I started which was great fun. On that night, I was introduced to a lot of the people that I now work with on a daily basis.

  1. If you know any of the other interns that you will be working alongside, give them an add on Facebook

I was lucky enough to be able to attend the pizza and beer event before starting my internship. I ended up adding a fellow intern on Facebook and ended up travelling to our first induction day together. It really helped settle my nerves on the day since I was no longer alone. An opportunity that never would have happened if we had not added each other on Facebook. So I highly recommend sending a wave!

  1. Get Excited

As corny as it sounds, you are about to embark on an incredible six week roller coaster. It’s an amazing experience from the second you start. We are extremely privileged to get the opportunity to do an internship at Grant Thornton and have worked extremely hard for many years to get the chance. Therefore, get excited – this is what we worked for!

By Danielle Smith – Audit Summer Intern