Grant Thornton Case Studies
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Rekha: In her second year at Grant Thornton, Rekha works in the audit team. She says: "I can see already how much I've developed since last year. You get to see how a lot of different businesses work and it’s a good grounding. It gives you real confidence."
"The first year is a lot about courses, training, college exams and on passing the professional stage exams, then gaining experience with clients, working on smaller parts of the files. Passing the exams is one of the highlights, as you see all the hard work paying off. The downside is that you need to organise your time well, because you’re doing exams and working at the same time."
In the upcoming months she will start ‘in charging’, which means she will be in charge of the audit team and to ensure that all parts of the audit work get done.
She adds: "I feel like I am learning all the time, continually working on different businesses with varying challenges. We get a buddy, six-month interim progress report with our line manager and a yearly appraisal, which is also a chance to talk about where you’re going and what kind of thing you want to do. I always get the sense they are focusing on my career here."
Andrea: Also working on the audit team, cites the fact that Grant Thornton had clients in charities and the media as a reason for joining. She said: "As soon as I joined I told my manager that working on these types of clients would really excite me –two weeks later I was auditing a theatre."
"What struck me straight away is that no two jobs are the same and no two clients' issues are the same. I love building relationships with my clients and getting to the core of their business."
Richard: Richard originally joined Grant Thornton on a 12-month sandwich placement between his second and third year of university, he was then offered a place on the graduate scheme for the following year.
He says: "It was a no-brainer for me to re-join on the graduate scheme. I really enjoyed my placement, and in particular the culture of the firm. Three years on I'm still happy with my decision and wouldn't change a thing."
"I feel I've really 'grown-up' with Grant Thornton and developed both in my work and personally since being here. It's easy to see how you’re progressing professionally as you complete each stage of your studies. Having a programme of study and work allows you to see your goals for the future clearly."
One thing Richard really enjoys about being at Grant Thornton is that he gets to work with clients of a varied size, plus there is always opportunity to better himself through internal training.
"I enjoy working in an industry that is constantly changing and having to learn and adapt to keep developing professionally."
Lizzie: Originally on a six-week internship, Lizzie was thrown into the deep end during her first days at Grant Thornton. "I was talking to Financial Directors in my first week, which I didn't expect. People say accountancy is just numbers, but I really like the fact we were mainly on site with clients, which is a great experience and lots of fun."
"The internship was a great tester for whether I wanted to do audit or not, and whether I wanted to do it at Grant Thornton."
"I haven’t even had to apply for a job because by mid-August last year I knew I had one for next August. It’s really made me feel part of the firm, even though I’m not even working there yet."
Molly: Molly heard about Grant Thornton in her economics class and decided to go to one of their pizza evenings held in their Ipswich office, which opened the door for her.
She said: "I loved how friendly everyone was, and as I didn't fancy the prospect of university, I thought I'd give this a go."
"It seemed like the perfect path for me - earning money, getting qualified and working in a variety of places for a really great firm."
She joined after she completed her A-Levels and is currently in training with the company.
"I have grown in confidence; I’m comfortable talking to clients, and have much more faith in my knowledge and decisions. This week I took out my first 'in-charge' job, having only been an assistant for one year."
"Being on the school leaver programme also means I have the money to go and visit my university friends and have wicked nights out or save for a car, without living in the overdraft!"
Chris: Chris almost opted to go to uni, but went for an accountancy summer school run through education provider, Kaplan. This introduced him to Grant Thornton.
"I liked the sound of the school leaver programme. It meant I could start getting experience straight away, as well as being qualified in four or five years. Plus the thought of earning money and having no debt while I trained may have come into it!"
"Professionally, I've developed my business acumen enormously through the variety of work we do – we can spend a week on one client, then the next be working on a completely different client, with new staff."
"And now I am finishing my AAT, I have just started studying towards the ACA. I should be fully qualified by the time I am 22."