• The Role
  • The Company
  • The Culture

Role Description

12 Month Placement Student in Audit

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • I really enjoyed my placement at Grant Thornton . I was treated as a graduate and was never short of work. The responsibility you get given is real and there are lots of opportunities to get involved in events outside of work. I would highly recommend!


  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • Everyone was really helpful and friendly. They wanted you to develop and learn, so always supported me wherever possible. Although I was a placement student, I was always treated as a grad and I was able to give my input when I wanted.


  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • Management were always supportive and took upon feedback which was really good to see. Everyone is assigned a people manager and a buddy so any questions can be directed at them. Senior Managers and Directors are also more than happy to help!


  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • I always found something to do even in my less busier periods. During busy season (Jan- March), the work really picked up and I was booked back to back on different jobs. It's important to note that how busy you are also depends on what stage of the audit you are working on, so less busier times are expected (and you will be thankful for them!).


  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • I was given a lot of responsibility from managing sections of a file, to managing small subsidiaries of a business. The development is so immense and valuable as you learn a lot in such a short space of time.


  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • In terms of the content, i.e audit work, this would not be relevant for my degree in mathematics. However, I developed a lot of skills such as networking which will prove to be useful beyond education.


    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • The Birmingham office is really well knitted and the atmosphere reflected this. The majority are quite young despite working at management positions (which shows the rapid progression you can make at GT). Everyone is supportive and friendly - I think we're called the "Friendliest GT Office"!


  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • Undertaking a placement is no different to joining as a school leaver or grad, so it is organised in the same way, except your people manager should ensure you are exposed to a lot of the work. This is so you can make an informed decision of you actually enjoy it. The only drawback is the uncertainty of securing a grad job when we finished as we didn't know when we would find out.


  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • As mentioned previously, you are treated like a graduate so you still attend training and Bradenham workshops but you do not go to college or sit the ACA examinations. This is the only difference. The firm really do invest in you because they want you to come back!


  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Subsidised/Company Gym

    National Travel

    Company Parties/Events


  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • Very appealing, GT is a really good place to work, regardless of which department you choose to work in. The people are Grant Thornton's greatest asset and they really invest in you.


    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • The social scene is excellent! Everyone went to the pub every lunch if you were in the office. There were Friday after work drinks and lots of events outside of work too. GT organise a summer party, BCASS Ball, Christmas party, netball/football/cricket tournaments to name a few!


  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • I can't comment on the cost of living as I lived at home, but the social life in Birmingham was really good. It's a vibrant city with lots to do.


  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • The nightlife was very good! There are lots of bars, pubs and clubs in Birmingham so there's something for everyone!


  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • Yes, there are lots of opportunities is you want to get involved, such as sporting events etc. You can even organise your own clubs and events if you like.


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Placement Year (10 Months+)

6th June 2020

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