When I joined Grant Thornton as a grad, I already knew what to expect. I did an audit and tax internship here during my Commerce degree and had a great time so I was delighted to get the chance to come back and take part in the grad programme.
As an intern, I was given the opportunity to complete sections of the audit file so when I came back to the firm I was able to hit the ground running and start working with clients straight away.
Say the word “audit” to most people and chances are they think it’s about being chained to a desk crunching numbers, but it’s nothing like that. I get to meet so many people - externally I’m meeting clients across different industries and internally I’m working with people across all departments at Grant Thornton. If you’re looking for real-world experience, the grad programme is a great way to gain plenty of face-to-face exposure to a variety of clients and communicate directly with them.
When we’re conducting an audit, management will meet the client first to get the lay of the land, understand who they are and what they do, before bringing in the grads and outlining what needs to be done.
From there, my main responsibility would be communicating with the client, working on different sections of the audit file and testing balances. There would be a lot of discussion between myself and the client before I send the file to a manager for review. So I get to build up a good rapport with the client and at the same time, building relationships within Grant Thornton.
I’m the kind of person who likes to meet new people and what I love about working in audit is that I’m liaising with different clients in different industries all the time, which helps me develop my communication skills as I progress further in my career.