Intern v Graduate – Talent 16 for interns?
14 months ago, back in June 2015, I prepared to join the Public Sector Audit team at Grant Thornton. By this time, I had already applied to be a part of the Spilling the Beans Intern Takeover Team and so wrote my first blog ‘The Weeks Before I Joined Grant Thornton’ which gave an insight into what you might expect in-between receiving an offer and starting at the firm.
Fast forward 14 months… I had an enjoyable summer with the firm, started my final year at university, Christmas came and went, I took my final exams and I am now a university graduate. So what now? After my internship last summer, I received a graduate job offer and so now I have joined Grant Thornton … Again!
There are both differences and similarities in joining as an intern vs. joining as a graduate. Each blog in this series will compare experiences, so it’s easier to understand the differences.
Before you even join the firm you are given plenty of information about the Talent event. This event runs every year and it bring together all of the new joiners from across the UK to one venue for a few days. The venue always adds to the excitement and with Talent 15 being held at Twickenham stadium, it was always going to be a tough act to follow. So, where would be a great place to take hundreds of new joiners who haven’t met before? The organisers answered the question and took us back to university. This year the venue was Hertfordshire University’s De Havilland campus.
Over the course of the three days we spent in Hertfordshire we were greeted by a number of members of the firm including the CEO Sacha Romanovitch. You can read more about the event in one of our blogs which covered the event:
Sacha and other members of the Leadership Team shared their hopes and ambitions for us new joiners. Whilst we were able to learn a lot about the firm, the strategy and the business, we also got to enjoy the evenings. Each evening had different events, offering us the chance to have some fun and get to know each other. A particular highlight came on the first night with the men all suited and the ladies all dressed up for a three course welcome dinner.
The most memorable moment from Talent 16: One of the new joiners not recognising Sacha Romanovitch (the CEO) approached her and asked what graduate programme she was starting on and which office she would be joining. She was flattered!
Is there anything comparable to Talent for interns? There isn’t an event over a few days quite like Talent 16 but yes, there is something comparable. The night before I began my internship a social event was held for all of the new joiners across the UK at a ping pong bar in London. On the next day, all of the interns were greeted by members from all around the firm including the then newly appointed CEO Sacha for a similar introduction to the firm and the firm’s future strategy.