"The improvement in my communication, from initially being reserved in all meetings to now leading both internal and external meetings - and talking to clients in various positions on a daily basis, is truly amazing."

Brady Lesbirel - Business Advisory Assistant Manager

What did you want to be when you were younger?

I was much more active when I was younger and I was interested in becoming a fireman or a personal trainer. However, this started to change as I reached my late teens and an office job became more appealing.

What made you choose your current profession?

To be honest, I had never heard of auditing before joining Grant Thornton. I studied Business Studies at ALevel and really enjoyed it, in particular studying the profit and loss account and the balance sheet areas. This is when I realised I would prefer to go into finance rather than a more active job.

When I started looking for a role, someone I knew at Grant Thornton told me about the opportunity to work in their audit department. I spent a lot of time speaking to people and researching to find out what the job was about and after having my first interview with Grant Thornton I was very keen to become an auditor.

Why did you choose to work for Grant Thornton?

Going into your first job can be a scary experience. One of the reasons I chose to join Grant Thornton was the reassurance I felt during the first interview. After going through the ‘on the job’ training provided and given the options to study CAT or ACCA, I was confident that Grant Thornton offered the right support I would need to progress in this profession.

After all of the research I had done on auditing, it became clear that working in audit would also give me the opportunity to experience many of the different sectors available.

Grant Thornton has a large client base which means that so far in my career I have had the opportunity to work on many different clients from different sectors, including fiduciaries, funds, trusts, trading companies and local charities. Diversity helps to keep the job more interesting.

How has Grant Thornton helped you grow professionally?

Grant Thornton has helped me to develop a number of different skills which are vital when working in an office environment; I am a lot more organised than I used to be, which is extremely important in this profession as there are always tight deadlines to meet. Being organised allows me to prioritise my jobs to ensure that all deadlines are met.

My communication skills have also improved significantly and this allows me to effectively communicate internally with my work colleagues and externally with clients. The improvement in my communication, from initially being reserved in all meetings to now leading both internal and external meetings - and talking to clients in various positions on a daily basis, is truly amazing.

Why do you like working at Grant Thornton?

I really like the diversity of the work within the office. In my current role I perform audits and prepare financial statements for various clients in different sectors. I have also assisted clients with their management accounting, performed extensive tests on clients’ internal controls, assisted our Recovery and Reorganisation team on specific jobs and have managed to complete the odd tax job.

Most of all, I like the office environment. This, to me, is extremely important. I work with a great bunch of people who I have got to know on a professional and social level over the years and this certainly helps to make the job more enjoyable.