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The Summer Internship

Hi, I’m Liam and this summer I completed a six week internship working mainly in commercial audit from Grant Thornton’s Bristol office. I also had the opportunity to spend time in the commercial tax, corporate finance and public sector audit departments, as well as working from the Cardiff office for one week.

At the moment I’m in my fourth year studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Warwick. I get asked a lot why I chose to work for an accountancy firm and, at the time, I applied because I was interested in business from modules at university and reading newspapers. I also enjoy watching TV shows like Dragons Den; which I think really demonstrates how important understanding the numbers is for a business.

I’d considered other business and finance careers, but chose accountancy because of the chance to study for the ACA qualification and the opportunity to work closely with clients. Grant Thornton stood out to me because they work mainly with medium sized businesses and promised a greater variety of work than some of the larger firms.

I certainly wasn’t disappointed and from my second day I was out completing real work on a client site. Each week I was with a different client and was involved in most sections of the audit. It surprised me how independently I was expected to work and towards the end of my internship I was responsible for entire sections of the audit. The fieldwork was normally led by a second or third year trainee, making it really easy for me to ask lots of questions without feeling silly. All of my work was of course thoroughly checked and everyone was encouraged to share feedback at the end of a job.

The open plan office at Bristol made it easy to talk to the managers and I felt a real effort was made to fully involve me with the department. Working in audit, however, does mean you can sometimes feel like a stranger in the office, but I personally enjoyed working in a small team and visiting clients.

There were of course aspects I found difficult, such as getting up early to catch a train to Cardiff and working with detailed spreadsheets. However, I was grateful to have the opportunity to work with clients in a different city and enjoyed being engaged by the work.

At the end of my internship I was fortunate to secure a graduate position with the audit team. My summer with Grant Thornton was a brilliant experience and I’m really looking forward to starting with the firm next year.

If you have any questions please post on the Facebook page. I’m also the Campus Ambassador at Warwick this year and am really looking forward to hopefully meeting some of you at our events.

Nick’s Diary – July 2012

As I headed up to Bradenham in July for the second phase of tutoring for November’s CTA exams, it came to my attention that this blog is not only read by potential applicants but also current Grant Thornton staff. With that in mind, for those of you who are reading this and know me, hello!

Bradenham is a great place to catch up with the like-minded people within the firm though, and as around 20 trainees descended on the outskirts of High Wycombe for some capital gains tax and VAT tutoring, this Bradenham visit was like every other; a tough day followed by a chilled out evening.

Whilst we were at Bradenham doing our CTA training, we were also joined at ‘the manor’ by this summer’s intake of interns. The interns were completing a two day course on presentation and communication skills before heading up to Birmingham for a corporate responsibility day at a local school. Whilst my first experience of Grant Thornton on the inside was after graduation, it’s clear to see that the few weeks these interns will be spending with the firm are a pretty cool experience and some brilliant CV building. I’d certainly encourage people to focus on this experience as they take a break from their second year studies.

But enough about what I should have done three years ago and more about what I’ve done this month.

July always sits well with me, usually because the weather is good and whilst it hasn’t exactly been a British summer the last few weeks, it’s still given me the chance to get sunburnt – seems I’ll never accept that the sun can burn my pasty skin. The sunshine does make people more sociable though, and for three Fridays on the trot I was heading into Southampton with other trainees to sample the nightlife.

Other than the above, I’ve been keeping to my rhetoric and getting head stuck into the CTA manuals, this stuff is pretty bulky and it’s amazing to think I’m already cramming with three months until my exams.

I’ll wrap this blog up with two rare pieces of Nick-advice. Firstly, apply to do an internship, it looks like a great experience and also quite a bit of fun. Secondly, always wear sun cream, no matter how stubborn you are!

Introducing a New Member: Natalie

Hi, my name is Natalie and I have recently joined the Spilling the Beans team. I am excited to be part of this project and to share my experiences with you and advise wherever possible.

My first day of being involved in the Spilling the Beans team involved a day in the London Euston office meeting many of the staff members involved in trainee recruitment. It was a real eye-opener seeing how many people are involved in securing the right trainees and I am proud to be a part of this team.

Me with the team getting to grips with the site

My advice to any potential applicant is that it is highly important you maximise your use of these many resources which will definitely benefit you whilst completing the application process. For example the recruitment team arranges many events at university career fairs and social events such as career & coffee mornings and career & cocktail evenings which are great opportunities for you to learn more about the firm and meet staff in an informal environment.

Keep your eyes peeled on our events page here and also our Facebook page ‘Grant Thornton Recruitment UK’ to keep up to date with the events we will be hosting in the new university term. In particular the Spilling the Beans team now has a wide range of members from different sectors and locations so feel free to post on the forum to get first hand answers and experiences!

Unlike some of the other Spilling the Beans team members, I completed a 9 week summer internship in the summer between my 2nd and 3rd year of my accounting degree at Cardiff University which was an invaluable experience. Not only did I gain the opportunity to work in different areas of the firm, including both commercial and public sector audit and tax, but I was able to get involved in very different work such as corporate responsibility. This not only gave me a better idea of what role I would like to apply for under a graduate scheme but also allowed me to learn more about Grant Thornton as a firm and the values they have.

I would advise anyone who is considering a career in audit or tax to consider completing an internship as it really allows you to understand what is involved in day to day tasks, and also allows you to experience the things that books and studying do not! I found it was good to have a knowledge of accounting from my degree but using it in my internship required much more work, really putting my understanding to the test. It’s important to note that an accounting or business degree is not necessary for the internship or graduate scheme (in fact people with such degrees are often in the minority!) and you get lots of help and advice along the way and so you won’t be at a disadvantage.

If you have any questions about our summer internships please let me know and feel free to ask away!