The School Leaver Series 2016- Natasha
Over the course of this week, we will be sharing a number of blogs from a few of our school leavers from across the firm. In these blogs, we will be sharing some of the great experiences we’ve had since working at Grant Thornton, whilst at the same time, talking about the key themes that come with joining as a school leaver, as opposed to being a graduate. We hope you find these useful!
Making the decision of which universities to apply to was a tough call to make, especially at the young age of 18. Burdened with thousands of campus options and course choices, it made this decision even more difficult. I knew that I wanted to be different in some way, but wasn’t aware of the other options that were out there, other than University.
When I learnt about School Leaver Programmes, I instantly knew that this was the right choice for me. There were a number of firms offering the same type of programme, and there were many established ones that caught my interest. However, it was Grant Thornton that stood out the most for me. Why? The support network provided is incredible; The buddy system that’s in place has meant that there has always been someone I can talk to and ask questions if I’ve had any queries about the application process or just about the general world of work. On a day to day basis you can ask anyone if you’re unsure because of how friendly the culture is, which makes it a very comfortable atmosphere.
However, this is not the only reason I applied, but it was also because of the great opportunity to become AAT qualified and to gain the experience that would help me to become successful in the future. Along with this, the fact that I would be earning and learning at same time as opposed to having a huge student debt, without a guaranteed job at end also motivated me to choose this School Leaver Programme.
One of the biggest highlights so far has been meeting our CEO, Sacha Romanovitch at our internal orientation event for new starters, Talent 16. As well this, I had the opportunity to meet many other new starters from all the different offices Grant Thornton has within the UK. This has provided me with the opportunity to make connections across the firm.
What I took from this experience is that as a firm, what Grant Thornton does is unique and that there are many opportunities out there… You just have to be brave enough to take the first step and tell people what you’re looking to get out of your time with the firm.