I thought this too, but it’s actually surprisingly not true. Undergraduates, and people not in the financial services sector, have never heard of Grant Thornton, realistically. However, I know people working in different industries, people working in the financial services sector do know who GT is. I hadn’t heard of GT until I got the job, but people working in these industries know. Although, to be fair, I don’t know anyone working in the above banks.
On the side of investment banking, I would have to disagree. Understanding a company is really important, and whether that is a public company or a starter company can differ for this, it’s generally good to be able to have a good understanding of what is essentially the single most important information about a company.
Plus I get free training in things like anti-money laundering etc.
I’d say getting one from my manager would be best. I’ve been in the job long enough (7 months) to not really have a mentor anyone, but generally mentor other people.
It is really difficult to decide, but when you’re putting down on your application how this person is related to you, you’re going to want to put down “Manager” rather than “Colleague”. I’ve pre-warned my manager about future applications, and I’ll tell her what companies I’m applying to so as to tailor the reference, and we have a really good dynamic going on, so I chose her easily. However, if you’re manager is an asshole, don’t be afraid to choose the other.
I certainly haven’t approached the Office Manager or Division Manager about it though.
Thanks! I’ll certainly have a look! It’s really difficult finding companies to apply to. I’ve been researching a broad range of companies, and unsurprisingly no hedge funds have placement year opportunities.
Trust me, you’re already on the ladder. So many people on my degree still don’t read the news. I swear to God, I was the only person who was able to name Mark Carney with his picture. I’ll not name my university, but it’s fairly reputable so it was a big shock for me.
I’d rather not disclose here, sorry.