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Latest posts

Life in Corporate Tax as an Associate

Richard Shao gives us an insight into his time in the Corporate Tax team. "Since I have been with GT, I have been to a meeting at a client site, and have had the opportunity to sit in on multiple calls between managers and clients. I have even had a client call me up personally, completely out of the blue, to run through some tax queries, which was unexpected and a little bit scary. Having said that, it’s the unexpected nature of the job that can make it very interesting, and pushes you to always be on the ball."

14 December 2018  |  Guest blogger - Trainee
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Life in Transfer Pricing as an Associate

Charlie Walsh gives us an insight into his time in the Transfer Pricing team. "I’ve really enjoyed the amount that I am learning on the job. Transfer pricing involves learning a lot of information about the client’s business and using it to determine what needs to be done and how it needs to be done; learning why my colleagues ask the questions and make the decisions that they do is very interesting."

06 December 2018  |  Guest blogger - Trainee
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Interview with Chris Thewlis at Vibrant Scotland Launch

Hi, I’m Lucy Dale, based at our Glasgow office and part of the Spilling The Beans team - a group of trainees nationally, helping to share insight into life at our firm. Throughout 2018 and 2019, Grant Thornton is leading a series of initiatives under the banner 'Vibrant Scotland'.

05 December 2018  |  Lucy Dale
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Five weeks In - Audit at GT Bristol

Guest blogger : Luke Skears – Audit Graduate Trainee, Bristol Office ‘’If you give people tools, and they use their natural abilities and their curiosity, they will develop things that will surprise you very much beyond what you might have expected’’. Although this is a quote from Bill Gates, it could equally be the overall message that I have taken from my initial few weeks at Grant Thornton.

29 October 2018  |  Guest blogger - Trainee
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My graduate experience- Corporate tax

Most of my work involves preparing corporate tax computations for clients, which will test your time management, attention to detail, and communication skills. Communication is important as you will need to convey expectations with auditors and managers, as well as conversing with the clients to identify which of their expenses are and are not tax deductible

25 October 2018  |  Guest blogger - Trainee
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A year in Technology Risk Services (TRS)

TRS sits within Business Risk Services offering highly specialised and extensive expertise of various key IT risk management areas. This is often separated into three sectors: IT Internal Audit; External Audit; and Advisory. Within these areas, there are more specific client services such as data analytics, data privacy, and logical/physical security auditing.

19 October 2018
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What’s BRS anyway?

I work in BRS Core, and we deal with all different types of clients from lot of different sectors, whereas FS BRS specialise in clients working in financial services. BRS Core works predominantly in Internal Audit but we also work in areas such as People, Culture & Organisation, Enterprise Risk Management, SOX (Sarbanes – Oxley), and more (details on our website).

19 October 2018  |  Guest blogger
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Social Mobility at Grant Thornton

We have been ranked second in the Social Mobility Employer Index 2018 and awarded the Queen’s award for social mobility. Here at Grant Thornton, social mobility and inclusion are one of our top priorities.

11 October 2018  |  Octavia Tenga
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Talent 18: My experience

For those that have read our previous post on Talent 18: What to know, many might be wondering what it is and why we at Grant Thornton are incredibly proud of it. Talent is our annual induction for all trainees that join the firm in the year. Here, joiners are introduced to the organisation and what it means to be a part of our culture and ethos.

08 October 2018  |  Oishi Ghosh
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Talent 18: What to know!

If you are reading the blog, you may be one of the 382 graduates, school leavers and placement students to have made it through the rigorous process that is recruitment. You underwent online tests, a digital interview, and finally an experience day where you had your face-to-face interview and would have been chosen out of the 9,000+ applicants to join our Grant Thornton Family.

29 August 2018  |  Octavia Tenga
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6 weeks later…

So, the time has finally come to say good bye to GT after the last 6 weeks. The internship has not been easy; it has been busy, hard work and challenging. Most importantly though, it has been an opportunity to learn and has left me feeling very accomplished.

28 August 2018  |  Guest blogger - Intern
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A year in audit at Southampton

Looking back over my first year(ish) at Grant Thornton I’m surprised at how much I’ve encountered, learned and experienced in such a short space of time. The first month was very much an introductory period, meeting people from all three of the TVS offices, trying to remember names and building relationships. There’s a lot to take in during this time, but also a lot to be gained, so I’d recommend making the most of it!

28 August 2018  |  Guest blogger - Placement student
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Where do I see this industry in 30 years’ time?

When wading through my summer internship applications, one key element I sought for before committing to applying came in the form of a simple question…where do I see this industry in 30 years’ time? After all, why would anyone settle into a career that’s inevitably going to reach a dead end in the near future?

02 August 2018  |  Guest blogger - Intern
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Grant Thornton vs Small Accountancy Firm

I am now over halfway through my internship at Grant Thornton and have also previously worked at a small regional accountancy firm. Some of you may have had previous work experience or a part-time job at a smaller accountancy firm and may want to know how this is different to working at Grant Thornton, so I have made this list below of my 5 main differences:

01 August 2018  |  Guest blogger - Intern
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