1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I work in the Employers Solution team. I do work for Employment Tax, Global Mobility Services and Reward Advisory. I have done a lot of client take on work, tax returns and implementation of legal documents. I provide general support to clients in the provision of tax advice. I regularly attend meetings and when appropriate, answer client queries. I take minutes and encourage the manager to follow up on agreed actions. I use and understand legislation appropriately to aid in relevant area of work. I produce well supported pieces of technical research
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have built an understanding of professional standards, ethics and risk management protocols I have developed an internal network within the tax department. I have began to use and understands legislation appropriately to aid in relevant area of work. I have learnt to manage my own workload and time in terms of prioritising and letting people know my capacity to take on new work.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy networking and talking to people in my team and expanding my network I am beginning to do additional research and take an interest in what I am doing I enjoy do everything to the best of my ability and giving everything my all even if it requires additional effort. I am enjoying getting as much experience and exposure as possible
4. How valued do you feel by Grant Thornton?
The company make you feel involved from the beginning. We get invites to dinners and breakfasts which are used as roundtables to guide the company and conversations had with senior people. The engagement teams get you involved from the get go and ensure you are doing a variety of work on client engagements.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I am doing the Professional Accountancy Technician Apprenticeship learning programme with Kaplan. They are committed to helping all apprentices broaden their skills and experience, helping you to be the best you can be and ensuring that they build your competence, confidence, and professionalism. The Apprenticeship forms an integral part of your comprehensive personal and professional development programme in the workplace.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
To assist you there will be plenty of support from your Talent Coach. The learner journey is put in place to review the progress you are making and reflect upon what you have learnt. This will give you an opportunity to discuss with your Talent Coach any difficulties you may be having, as well as capture all your great progress and achievements to date. There is an online portal, as you complete tasks and activities you will see your progress reflected and due dates on each section will guide you towards the sections you need to complete next.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I have been away several times to Bradenham Manor which is the company’s training facility in High Wycombe. I studied 2 modules TIM – (Tax Introductory Module) and TAM – (Tax Advisory Module). Both of these modules are introductory and lay down the principles of tax. They both laid down the foundations of what I do on a day to day basis, and put more context around what I am doing.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The current starting salary in London is £28,000 I believe it could be higher as I know it is lower in the regions. I heard it has not increased for many years, which is poor considering the economic climate and London living costs. You do receive a pay rise in line with qualifications which gives you extra incentive to pass exams.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Depends on team, some keep themselves to themselves.. Other teams always have socials and drinks. There is a joint audit and tax drinks at the end of every month. There is an away day in summer where games are played with a presentation on how the firm is doing. There is also a football tournament weekend between offices once a year which is a real hit especially with the graduates.
9. Would you recommend Grant Thornton to a friend?
It gives you good foundations and principles which can be used later on in your career. The training and exposure increases your commercial awareness very quickly and you grow as an individual. There is lots of opportunity to flourish you just have to ask. There is a clear progress ladder in place if that is what you want to do. The company is also fairly flexible and forward thinking for an accountancy firm.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Grant Thornton?
Don't pretend to be someone you're not as it is a hard act to maintain once you enter the workplace - so cliché as it sounds really do be yourself at the assessment centre. They do appreciate individuals and quirky interests may be an asset to a team. Remember the people interviewing you are also human and have a personality so don't be dry and come across as boring, if you are lively and enthusiastic you will seem more personable and easy to work with - and they will be more keen to hire you :)