1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My current job role is an audit associate the audit department at Grant Thornton. Daily tasks often include reporting to the qualified accountant on your team who will delegate work out to the team. I often have to interact with seniors in the company along with seniors of external clients. My role is based at clients sites and therefore there is lots of travelling involved in the role. I was given responsibilities within the team within my first few weeks working at GT. My days are really varied with no two days the same.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have developed people skills and greater confidence in my time working at GT, I put this down to having to interact with clients early on and also my managers having the confidence in me to do so. I am working towards my AAT level 3 qualification with great support from work. I have also attended many sessions put on by GT for my development at work.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really enjoy the programme and feel like I am valued by GT. I have a great peer group who are all experiencing the same as me, which includes going to college to work towards my AAT. I feel like I have settled in well at GT and the programme and the structure that comes with it is very good and reassuring when you first start.
4. How valued do you feel by Grant Thornton?
I feel like a valued member of the team at GT. I was put into working straight away and feel like my managers challenged me just the right amount. I was trusted with speaking to clients, including senior professionals within companies within my first few weeks and I feel like I must've been valued and trusted in order for this to be possible.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme at GT is very well organised and structured from the offset. I felt very welcome before I started with the interactions of the recruitment team. In my first few weeks, the programme had the structure I needed, with great planning going into inductions at both my local office and nationally with a 2 day trip and introduction from the CEO in London.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The support I receive from my training provider is also great, with them willing to go above and beyond for you if you do not understand a certain topic or are hoping for a little additional support with a topic. There is also lots of support on the training providers website for online lessons and other additional support.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
There is plenty of support available at GT, should you want to access it. There is a wealth of support on the intranet, and also the support with audit work from manager. You are assigned a line manager who will help you with any issues or worries that you have regarding your training or your job role and this is key in settling in and having somebody supportive at work.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary at GT is very competitive for other firms of a similar size and is a considerable amount more than the minimum they have to pay. There are also other benefits that they might offer such as interest free loans to help with the likes of relocation costs- this is useful and ensures that you are not out of pocket.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are a wealth of social events not only held by GT, but also held by professional associations that GT has connections with, this is often part funded by GT. GT also put on regular social events, including the Christmas party and monthly social events ran by a social team. There are also yoga classes, netball and football teams that you can get involved in.
9a. Would you recommend Grant Thornton to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
GT is a great company to work for, they offer great support to their staff and really make you feel welcome when you first start and continue to make you feel welcome and appreciated during your time at GT. I feel like I could confidently recommend GT to a friend.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Grant Thornton? *
I would recommend the future applicant to take advantage of the GT social media 'JAM' when you start your application and also take advantage of the 'spillingthebeans' GT trainee blog. It has useful information on there that really helped me during my recruitment process. I would recommend weighing up the pros of GT against rival firms- the main thing I liked most about GT over other firms is the friendly atmosphere it radiated during my recruitment process.
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