1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a resourcing brand apprentice at Grant Thornton. My day to day activities include supporting the inner and outer team with projects and activities. Supporting the team with paper work after hiring new employees and focusing on brand interaction with applicants and how we branch out to new areas to find new talent.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes, I have expanded my admin skills and the different programmes I use to communicate and create projects and reports, all of which I had little experience on before I started. I also have gained new skills like verbal communication when going to events and speaking to applicants or candidates on assessment days.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy my programme everyday. I enjoy coming to work and working on different things each day/week. I also enjoy my team and how they support me with different projects I'm working on. I was worried before starting my apprenticeship It would get repetitive however that was not the case at all.
4. How valued do you feel by Grant Thornton?
I feel more valued every day. I did feel at first that my team treated me like a student and not an equal but I made a mistake with this assumption, when they were actually seeing what I was capable of.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
My programme is very well organised. I feel there is a plan throughout my programme and I have plenty of time to address problems or issues I have at work and feel there are clear people for me to go to.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I feel like I get a lot of support. When starting on something new like a new programme or new methods of doing things I often get the chance to sit down with a member of my team and walk through it so I have a full understanding before I do it on my own.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
This is another area I feel I have a lot of support. I feel like I know who to turn to for support and guidance around health and safety and general legislation.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
At the moment my salary meets the cost of travel and basic living. As I live further away than most my travel cost is higher but that is of course my choice. If I was older however I would admit the pay would make my living situation harder.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There has been plenty of opportunities outside of work. I have visited many different events and gala's representing my company.
9a. Would you recommend Grant Thornton to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Because the culture and support is a perfect place to start as your first job in a long career. I plan/ hope to stay at Grant Thornton for many years to come as I think they have developed me as an individual. This is something I try to, and have, passed on to my friends and family.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Grant Thornton? *
I would recommend being yourself. Grant Thornton look for personalisation over academics so being yourself and explaining times from in and out of education/ work when you have been a good leader or took initiative is what they look for. Finding potential where it is missed by others.
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