1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Commercial audit associate. Job involves lots of interaction with clients on a daily basis as most of the time we are out on site. Lots to get involved in both in work hours for example being a 'champion' of a specific topic or out of work hours we have lots of socials that we are able to attend. Lots of exposure to different tasks depending on the clients sector.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Currently studying AAT level 3 which I will gain in a year then moving onto level 4 in the following year. There is lots of opportunities of internal training such as Bradenham which is Grant Thorntons' training facility based in High Wycombe, where you stay for a certain amount of days. This is particularly useful in the first six months when getting to know those in your year group. Grant Thornton offers large amount of training and it can be specified to you particularly when on an audit we have an 'empower you, empower me' culture to encourage development.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I thoroughly enjoy my job, both the technical side of it and the culture side. Grant Thornton really encourage team work and socials is one way this becomes fabricated.
4. How valued do you feel by Grant Thornton?
I feel there is a lot of recognition at GT, we have CLEARR points which can be exchanged for cash which is a brilliant way to be recognised when you have excelled at something. It is easy to get involved in both sports and technical teams which is really important as you begin to feel part of the team.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Inductions and trainings take part before even going on site which is really important in order to gain both technical knowledge and confidence before going on site. I feel the programme is very organised and specific to individuals development. 'Buddies' are given when you first start and line managers so that you have support around you.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Our main training provider is Kaplan, the resources and tutoring is excellent. They are always available to answer queries and the material given is specific to the course.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Managers review on site frequently to let us know how we are getting on. Line manager meetings take place every 6 months in order to see how you are getting on and if they could offer any help or advice as to how to develop. Feedback is given on a frequent basis so that it is clear to see how you are getting on.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
School leaver salary is very competitive compared to other firms when I applied. Most travel costs are covered when away from the office which is really ideal when having to travel a distance to clients.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
GT frequently hold company events, as part of the social club there is an event every month at minimum. Sports teams are easy to sign up to such as cricket and netball where you can play other professionals which is a great way of networking.
9a. Would you recommend Grant Thornton to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Grant Thornton? *
Be yourself. During interviews it's always good to show your personality. As well as this ensure you read up about Grant Thornton so that you know if you would like to work here and if so what is it that attracts you to Grant Thornton.
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