"Every day really was unique and that’s what I looked forward to!"

Marilyn - Vacation experience

Name: Daniel

The degree you studied: Bachelor of Commerce

The university you attended: University of Melbourne

How long was your Vacation program? Four weeks.

What did you do in your day-to-day role? I worked in the Recovery and Reorganisation team and spent most of my time assisting with the day-to-day operations of a company. My work included corresponding with suppliers and customers and assisting with maintaining the company bank accounts.

How did you bring your whole self to work? I organised Chrismukkah Kringle (interfaith blended celebration of Christmas and Chanukah) and the ‘12 Pubs of Christmas’ for my department!

What was the most beneficial aspect of completing a Vacation Experience program before becoming a grad? I had the opportunity to experience what full-time work would be like and to see if Grant Thornton’s culture suited my personality.


Name: Marilyn

Degree: Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting; Finance)

University: University of Western Australia

Vacation program length: My vacation program ran for three weeks, one week each in Audit, Financial Advisory and Private Advisory.

Day-to-day role: I assisted the senior on particular jobs (which varied week to week). This included interacting with clients, managers and partners. It also depended on the stage of the audit – sometimes I was in the client’s office, other times I might be among the operations. Every day really was unique, and that’s what I looked forward to!

How are you inspired to make a difference? Knowing that I’m doing something different every day helped me to commit to my role, along with the constant learning, whether it was to do with the Chartered Accountants program or on-the-job training.

What was the best part of the Vacation Experience Program? The best part of the vacation program was rotation around the service lines, as it really helped me decide what I wanted to do after university. The second best thing was getting to know everyone in the service line I’m planning to start my career in!


Name: Sam  

The degree you studied: Bachelor of Commerce/ Bachelor of Laws

The university you attended: The University of Queensland

How long was your Vacation program? Two weeks

What do you do in your day-to-day role now that you’re a graduate? My day-to-day role involves assisting clients with their daily operations and helping them navigate the complexities of tax and other business compliance regulations. I work in a collaborative team where we’re encouraged to tailor each solution to the clients' needs.

What made you decide to apply to Grant Thornton?  I was drawn to Grant Thornton because of its focus on the mid-market and the emphasis on growth. I find this to be an exciting area to work in because you get to play a tangible part in shaping the future of a client’s business.

What was the best part of the Vacation Experience Program: For me, the most useful part of the vacationer experience was getting to know Grant Thornton staff and learning about their roles and responsibilities. I was able to get an insight into life at Grant Thornton and make an informed decision about whether this was where I wanted to start my career.

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