Grant Thornton has got a good reputation, and it met all my expectations. It’s in the top 100 graduate employers, and I knew I’d be able to get good experience and responsibility early on.
I am in my third year and can already see how much I’ve developed since joining. In audit you get to see how a lot of different businesses work and it’s a good grounding. It gives you real confidence. The first year is a lot about courses, training, college exams and on passing the professional stage exams, then getting exposure to clients, working on smaller parts of the files. Passing the exams is one of the highlights, you see all the hard work paying off. The downside is that you need to organise your time well, because you’re doing exams and working at the same time. In the second year it all comes together, and I started ‘in charging’, basically being in charge of the audit team and ensuring all parts of the audit work get done, while out at clients, which is a real achievement. I feel like I’m learning all the time, continually working on different businesses with varying challenges. We get a buddy, six-month interim progress report with our line manager and a yearly appraisal, which is also a chance to talk about where you’re going and what kind of thing you want to do.
I always get the sense they’re focusing on my career here.