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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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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  |  Oishi Ghosh
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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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My audit experience

Hi I’m Sam and I’m an audit intern in the Manchester Office. I’m now four weeks into my internship and I am really enjoying it so far. The intern conference at the start of the internship inspired me to get the best out of my experience as we had many great presentations from partners and most notably the CEO Sacha Romanovitch who was very impressive talking about the vibrant economy and Grant Thornton’s culture.

25 July 2018  |  Guest blogger - Intern
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Creating, Recognising and Taking Every Opportunity

Interns from around the UK collaborated in the Finsbury Square office, London, to listen to a plethora of successful advocates of the internship/placement scheme. Partners and Associates shared their experiences and advice to ensure we achieve our personal successes in the following 5 weeks. Personally, the highlight was listening to Sacha Romanovitch (CEO) speak passionately about the importance of recognising employees as individuals, company changes, and the relevance of GT’s purpose of achieving a vibrant economy. Sacha’s motivation and personable nature left me inspired, grateful, and eager to embrace all upcoming opportunities.

24 July 2018  |  Guest blogger - Intern
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Intern to Partner: What could your career at Grant Thornton look like?

As an intern going into his final year at university I have recently been doing a lot of research into various graduate jobs, and often find myself left with the same question, “what would a career at ‘X’ look like?” Therefore, I have decided to ask around the office, and compile a rough guide of what a career at Grant Thornton could look like. As part of the Entrepreneurial & Private client tax team it is important to note that this account may reflect that of the more advisory roles within the firm.

23 July 2018  |  Guest blogger - Intern
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Expectations vs. Reality: Commercial Audit

A little bit of background about myself: I have just finished my second year of an Accounting and Finance degree at the University of Leeds. My hobbies include: playing cricket, reading and being sad that it is not coming home this year! I am currently on the Commercial audit internship in the Birmingham office.

20 July 2018  |  Guest blogger - Intern
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