Grant Thornton, one of the world’s largest accountancy firms, opened its Norwich office up to 21 UEA students on the 16th November to explore and really see if they fit in this office environment.
The day started with a quick tour – think modern offices with hot-desking, wide open spaces and a table tennis table in the kitchen – very far away from what you would expect of a stereotypical finance company office! A swift game of ping pong ensued – anyone thinking about applying for a Grant Thornton graduate programme had better be prepared to practice their table tennis skills!
After this, we had an engaging talk from two UEA alumni about their experiences on the job. Both these graduates were from a Law and Psychology background, showing that you don’t need to study accounting, finance or mathematics to work in this field. You just need those transferrable skills and the passion to succeed! Grant Thornton will give you all the training you need.
They shared their journey from being a student to being employed, what the job involved, and perks of the job – including sports competitions, away days with other graduates and the Christmas party.
Two more alumni ran an interactive session on building your personal brand and commercial awareness. It was really beneficial for us as we got the chance to participate and develop our skills and understanding in these areas.
The day finished with a networking lunch with the alumni and more senior staff with cake and tasty ciabattas (employers note, ciabattas are a huge step-up from sandwiches!). We got to chat one-to-one with the staff and get our questions answered. It was a great way to end a fantastic event.