1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My job title is Audit Associate. My daily tasks involve speaking to the client, whether this be on site or over email to understand more about their business and how they have accounted for certain things throughout the year. Will get their trial balance, which is a summary of all the transactions and goings on in the year and then check that what they are doing within the company is correct. My daily interactions are with the client and with a small team of people from the office that I work with. The teams are usually small 4 people is a normal. The responsibility given is astounding. You are in charge of your own work from the get go which really allows you to build your confidence quickly and learn on the job.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I am studying for the ACA so will have a professional qualification at the end of the 3 years. We are also constantly attending workshops and training days within the firm to improve and learn more about our job. Everything within our role is forever changing and GT are very good at ensuring that we do not fall behind and everyone is kept up to date.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really enjoy the programme. GT have a fantastic support network in which allows us to study alongside working but making sure the two are very separate. THis is ensured through learning at an external provider and then working for a few weeks in between, but mainly being focused on exams for the entirety of the time you are learning. I enjoy the day to day job equally, I love that it challenges me every day and there is no limit to how much I can learn. There will always be a new legislation put in place, the clients always do things differently, so challenges are forever arising which is exciting!
4. How valued do you feel by Grant Thornton?
I feel very valued. They ensure you are always happy and able to do your job via 1-1 feedback with your manager which happens roughly every month. We have a system in which you can be awarded if you do something well and this can equate to prizes i.e. amazon vouchers. This is a great recognition policy for hard work. They also recognise that everyone will work extremely hard and maybe sometimes outside the normal hours. This is rewarded through a variety of different forms, which is not the case at a lot of big firms.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Very. There are very clear instructions in what needs to get done and when. The exam season is a big block of around 6 weeks which means it does not eat into the work time as much. There is so much support from the people with GT whether that be your other associates or your manager.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
There are always tutors on hand to help if needed. Whether this be through the online learning portal or physically going to the college building in which we learn. There is an abundance of resources available to us and everyone is always happy and eager to help which makes it a lot more enjoyable.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
A lot. The manager and HR team are constantly making sure that you are OK and can juggle everything you have going on. As explained, you have a monthly meeting with your manager to ensure that you are OK.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The location is ideal as near a train station and not too far from centre of town. The salary is OK and meets my needs.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
A lot. There are a variety of different clubs you can get involved in and networking events are happening every week. There is an internal announcement whenever a big event is happening so everyone is aware and can get involved. Social events also occur regularly, with the managers even making appearances too, so the entire firm gets involved.
9a. Would you recommend Grant Thornton to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
It is a great place to start your career and progress through the stages. The career progression is great and the support is phenomenal. It is a great place to train and ensure that you become confident in the working environment. They strive to make people the centre of everything we do and the environment and challenges are changing every day. If you want to be apart of something that will change the future, GT is the place.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Grant Thornton? *
Be yourself. Know GT inside and out and what we stand for. If you get to the interview, they know you are capable and qualified and just want to see if you would fit into the culture we have strived so hard to build. You need to know what GT stands for and the values we live by.
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