The PSA Series: Graduate Journey


The next guest blog in the PSA series comes from Patrick, a graduate in the Liverpool office…

Hi, my names Patrick McCloskey. I’m an Accounting and Finance graduate working towards my professional accountancy qualification at Grant Thornton as a Public Sector Audit trainee. You’re probably reading this to get a better understanding as to why you’ve applied for Public Sector Audit or rather why you should apply, right? I’ll help you answer that by sharing my experience and answering those questions from my point of view.


So why did I choose Grant Thornton?

To be honest, I didn’t really know much about Grant Thornton until a representative came to my university’s careers fair to talk about the firm. From a brief conversation with one of the current graduates, I instantly got a feel for what the firm was like, in particular its culture and the endless opportunity for development. Following that my application was whizzed off to the recruitment team and from that point onwards it was clear to me that Grant Thornton was where I wanted to be. The difference in the recruitment process in comparison to some of the other top firms was proof in itself that this was the firm for me. It’s culture, it’s people, it’s values and to top it off, the welcoming vibe from start to finish!

Why did I choose PSA?

The reason I initially started to look at Public Sector Audit was that I had previous work experience in the Public Sector. At first I wasn’t too sure what the main differences between Public Sector Audit and Commercial Audit were but the more I found out the more enticed I became. For me, what I like most about PSA is that I am auditing organisations without a profit incentive. I get the opportunity to look at other aspects of an organisation such as how money is being spent and whether it could be spent better. It has given me the opportunity to work with a wide range of our interesting Public Sector clients, from police and fire authorities to local NHS trusts. Not only that, PSA offers an ICAS-CIPFA integrated qualification, meaning at the end of the graduate training programme, I’ll be a dual-qualified professional accountant…no complaints from me!

My journey so far

As mentioned above, since joining the firm I have had the opportunity to work across a wide range of our Public Sector clients. I have worked in a number of interesting areas from St Helens to Edinburgh. I’ve got involved in work in lots of interesting areas outside of audit, such as recruitment. I’ve began studying towards my qualification and had lots of training to help build on my professional development. The people I have met have been amazing and the decision I have made to start my career at this firm is one that I will never regret.

I hope this has been a helpful summary of why I chose to be a public sector auditor and if you have any questions then Spilling the Beans team member Chris Gale is happy to help…

Thanks for reading.


01 April 2016 at 2:13 PM    |   Posted by Guest blogger

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