1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am an associate in advisory. Specifically, I work in the Fraud Insolvency Department. On a day to day basis, I would investigate/analysis bank statements, send out letters and try to realise potential new assets.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
My qualifications have helped me develop a better understanding for accounting in general. There is also internal training, which is very transferable to my day to day job and therefore It is very useful. There are many personal and professional skills that I have learnt since being in the office, such as business writing.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Grant Thornton are an incredible company and really make you feel part of the firm the moment you join. The whole company and my team in particular have been very supportive since I have started and are always helping me progressive and learn. The social side is also much better than I imagined, I am not saying its the university life style, but it is good. There are also college days that are organised which are a good laugh.
4. How valued do you feel by Grant Thornton?
Since the moment I joined with no experience I still felt like I was being valued by the firm. This for me, was really important to help me settle in and progress. My team have been really helpful and are always making me feel valued despite my lack of experience, I was very pleasantly surprised.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
My programme is very well structured. The amount of days at colleague is the right amount of time relevant to the difficulty/size of the content we have to learn. There is always additionally support if you require it, internally or externally from Grant Thornton. The study/qualification structure is very clear. The hierarchy within our team is also very well structured and creates an easy working environment.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Support from the training provider is very good. In class they are always open to questions and are very good teachers when it comes to difficult parts of the content. They are always available, whether by email or staying after college. Overall I would say the level of support is very high.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Grant Thornton have always been very supportive of my exams. Everyone in my team really seems to take an interest in how much exams are going, which feels good. When I am struggling this means that there are always people to help you.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary package is excellent and covers all my costs easily. Luckily I am still living at home so I have a nice amount of disposable income at the end of the month. I also have friends who rent in London and they seem to be fine every month to.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes there are always company events going on. I play football for various Grant Thornton sides in the week. There are also opportunities to go and meet new people are various learning events. They have many different sport programmes aswell.
9a. Would you recommend Grant Thornton to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
It is a fantastic firm to work for who really value you. The programme you are put on excels you very quickly through the Company and is an excellent route into the accounting world - for me, there is no better. They are also much more flexible in many ways than other similar companies, which I notice very much.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Grant Thornton? *
I would suggest to really demonstrate why you want to work for Grant Thornton and make sure you get this across. Everyone deserves to have an opinion and you should always listen to other people and value their ideas. Try to show that you are a diverse individual and not just someone who is going to make a great accountant - you have to work in a team so this is important.
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