Tag Archives: Qualifications

A New Year to Unleash Your Potential

As you approach qualification at Grant Thornton you begin to get opportunities to consider what you want to do next in your career and an occasion that allows this is the Unleashing Your Potential event. This year it was held at the Barbican Centre in London and saw people newly qualified or nearing qualification gather to consider where they want their career to go next. Read this post

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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Futures Day with the Social Mobility Foundation

Izzy had the opportunity to help out at Grant Thornton London region’s first Futures Day for students currently in their first year of A levels. Here she explains…..

The social Mobility Foundation (SMF) is a charity which aims to make a practical improvement in social mobility for young people from low-income backgrounds. The SMF was founded by Linkson Jack in 2005 in order to provide opportunities and networks of support for 16-17 year olds who are unable to get them from their schools or families. Eight years on, the first students supported by them have gone on to be successful in achieving degrees and graduate entry jobs.  They also extend support to students throughout university across 11 career sectors (Accountancy, Architecture, Banking & Finance, Biology & Chemistry, Business, Engineering & Physics, Law, Media & Communications, Medicine, Politics, and Technology) and run programmes to support young people wherever they live in the UK.

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Guest Blog – Why VAT?


Today’s blog is written by Aqeel, from the Milton Keynes office. Aqeel works in VAT, and goes on to explain what a typical day is like for a trainee in this department, and what it’s like working in this form of tax advisory.  For those of you who may be thinking about applying to any one of the tax graduate or school leaver schemes, read on to find out more about what different kind of tax jobs there are available at Grant Thornton. Read this post

My first…’Close-out’ Meeting

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This week’s guest blog is written by Georgina, who is an associate in Audit from the Milton Keynes office who recently joined us in August 2014. Not long ago, she attended a close-out meeting with a client alongside the rest of the audit team to conclude all the findings that she’d discovered whilst out on the audit. Georgina tells us more…

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My first…..”in-charge role (part 2)”

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog about my experience of being an in-charge for the first time and all the work I had carried out so far to plan the audit. Now, two weeks later, the audit testing is done, the file has been reviewed by the manager and partner and I think I can safely say that the last fortnight has been very challenging but rewarding. One of the things that has really struck me about being an in-charge is how relevant the CLEARR values are and in this blog I hope to provide some context as to why we look for trainees who can demonstrate the CLEARR values.

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Accelerating in Leeds

Hi I’m Annabel, I’m one of the new additions to the audit department in the Leeds office. Having joined Grant Thornton as a school leaver just a few months ago I already feel like my understanding of audit and the role of a school leaver has increased greatly, so I thought I would share my experience with you all so far.

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My first…exam

Hi Everyone, my name is Helen. I am a first year trainee in the Audit department in London, Finsbury Square, studying towards the ACA and this is my first guest blog… on the dreaded subject of exams! I have just sat my first 3 exams after just 3 months with the firm, so hopefully this blog will give you a bit of a fresh insight into college life, revision and sitting exams.

Whatever qualification you will be working towards, even if it’s not the ACA, exams and studying will be a big part of your life as a trainee so you should find this blog relevant to you. Read this post