Graduate people profile

Yerzhan Smagulov

At Grant Thornton: - Assurance Specialist

Outside the office: - music lover, skating, swimming

Share a fun personal fact with us

I have watched five seasons of the Games of Thrones in five days. Just a stunning TV series!   

How would you describe the culture and people at Grant Thornton?

Just amazing and friendly people, who are always ready to reach out.  

What lessons have you learned during your time with the company?

I have learned that there are tough challenges and situations, but all of them are soluble.

How does Grant Thornton help you achieve your career goals?

In all ways.  I realized that good auditor can become the best specialist in every industry. I believe that priceless experience I am gaining in Grant Thornton is my key to many doors in the future. So as Frank Sinatra sings, “if I can make it here, I can make it anywhere”, I will give my best to make it here in audit.

What’s the best piece of advice you've received while working with Grant Thornton? 

In my opinion, the best advice I’ve received from a partner of Grant Thornton is that we need to be calm in any situation, because there is no unsolvable problem.

What makes Grant Thornton a great place to work? 

For me it’s obviously that freedom of communication makes Grant Thornton a great place to work. I do not know any other assurance firm where you can without any barrier contact and consult with partners directly. 

What advice would you give a prospective candidate looking to join Grant Thornton?

Be yourself, be strong, be hungry and seek for new knowledge.