My journey with Grant Thornton began when I was a sophomore at UConn, which is pretty crazy to think about now three years later as a full-time associate. I didn’t know much about the leadership programs, as they were still relatively new, but I decided to attend office hours with a Grant Thornton recruiter to see what they were all about. I was immediately impressed by the firm and all that it had to offer. There are so many benefits to the leadership programs, but it’s also really easy to feel overwhelmed making decisions about your future career so early. As a sophomore, it was really difficult for me to decide where I saw myself after college. I personally had no idea what I wanted to do — what city I wanted to work in, what service line interested me most and at what firm I felt I fit best. As I started going through the process of applying to leadership programs, I quickly realized that Grant Thornton was willing to work with me and help me figure out exactly what it was that I wanted — and that was the kind of support and flexibility that made the decision to go with Grant Thornton a no-brainer. Though I originally applied for the leadership program in Connecticut, Grant Thornton was able to set me up with an internship offer in Baltimore.
The summer internship program was an awesome experience. I was able to work on a variety of client engagements, which really gave me a full picture of the type of work the firm does, and enabled me to learn a lot about a variety of different industries, which is an experience I feel is unique to Grant Thornton. The people I met through my internship are now some of my best friends, and we still talk every day since starting full-time in the fall, though we are now all in different offices.
There’s a lot of value to genuinely liking the people you spend your work week with — it makes the experience that much better. The engagement teams are relatively small, so I feel like I really get to know the people I’m working with. When I was an intern, my birthday fell in the middle of a week that I was traveling out of state for a client engagement, and I came to the audit room that day to find a cake and decorations that the team got for me to celebrate since I couldn’t be with my family and friends. That’s just an example of the type of culture that the people at Grant Thornton have created, and it’s one that I am consistently proud to be a part of.
After my internship, the firm allowed me to move back closer to home and begin full-time in Boston. Since beginning my full-time job at Grant Thornton, the firm has continued to prove itself to be full of opportunity. I have been able to work on a variety of client engagements, which makes for well-rounded teams and gives us the opportunity to decide for ourselves which industries we’re most interested in working with. Outside of client work, I have been able to participate in university recruiting and Women at Grant Thornton events, and most recently had the opportunity to attend the annual women’s conference at Harvard Business School with a group of co-workers. I think the best part of my experience thus far has been getting to know everyone — it’s a fun group of people here in Boston, and it’s apparent that the firm makes an effort to keep people happy even during the busiest times of the year. The investment that Grant Thornton makes in its people is unprecedented, and I look forward to seeing where the rest of my journey takes me.