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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

Public Sector Audit – It’s not just accounts

When I talk to people and tell them that I am training to become a public sector auditor most people look at me with a blank face, whilst some people run away and hide at the mere mention of the word audit. For those who are still around for me to explain further, the first thing I always mention is financial statements as I imagine this is what most people would associate with audit. It is true that we do spend a good half of the year conducting financial statement audits (of local authorities, NHS Trusts, Ambulance Trusts, Fire and Police authorities to mention a few), however this still leaves half of the year where we are getting up to other things. Read this post

Home or Away – The Big Decision

Now that applications are open for 2014 positions (did you see our Instagram and Facebook countdown by the way?) I thought I would address one of the age old dilemmas which we all will face at some time in our lives; whether to stay at home or to move away. Some of us will have already made this choice when choosing a University to attend, whilst others will have only witnessed this tough choice on travel TV programmes, where the participants face a choice of staying in the UK or moving to wherever it is that they want to sit in the sun/ bathe in fresh springs/ open a zoo. The decision is really up to you, and there is no one size fits all advice that I can give however I will offer you the experiences of my friends and I to help you along the way. Read this post

Jonathan’s Public Sector Diary – Q3 2013

Hello and welcome to the next instalment of my Public Sector Diary, and my first as a fully-fledged member of the Spilling the Beans team! A common perception can be that a lot of businesses slow down over the summer months, but this is not the case in Public Sector Audit. To say the past few months have been busy would be an understatement as the final accounts audits of our Local Government clients have been in full swing. Read this post

Billie’s Internship Diary

I can’t believe that this is my final blog post! The last six weeks have literally flown by, and I can honestly say that they were the best six weeks of my life. I mentioned that the final assessment process here at Grant Thornton is largely based upon a final presentation made by the intern. I did mine at the end of my fifth week, and invited a host of friends and colleagues including my line-manager (who had to mark me on my performance). I was a little nervous, but ultimately really thrilled by how well it went. I feel that I’d been given ample time by Grant Thornton to do good research, so I knew my topic inside out, and the Bradenham training had given me the confidence to present my findings in a clear and engaging manner. Read this post

Billie’s Internship Diary

On Wednesday 17th July Grant Thornton’s interns gathered from all across the country (some coming from as far as Belfast!) at St Michael’s Primary School in Birmingham, where we volunteered for a day of building a sensory garden and renovating the playground. Between us we’d managed to raise well over £1,500 through fundraising events as varied as “guess the weight of the royal baby” and “man vs curry”! I mentioned previously that I was organising a raffle, which went excellently! The raffle team managed to get some amazing prizes donated by local companies, such as tickets to the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Hotel Chocolat gifts, a meal at Nando’s, yoga gift voucher from Attentome, and four gym passes, two from Goodvibes and two from Ozone Health and fitness! Overall the London office raised a whopping £815.93! A massive congrats to everybody that contributed to that, especially the Yorkshire team who won the per capita prize for most money raised. Read this post