YU LING LIAO, TAX
What is your background?
I grew up in Glasgow and graduated from Strathclyde University in 2022 and have had several part time jobs in travel, retail and hospitality. I’ve studied accountancy since high school, so I have always known that I wanted to be work this sector.
Why did you choose to work for Grant Thornton?
I went to an open day at the Grant Thornton office in Glasgow and just loved the atmosphere there; everyone was so nice, easy to talk to and you could tell everyone loved working there. After I graduated, I did some more research about the company as a whole and found the Jersey office advertising vacancies. I was especially drawn to the values, inclusivity and how the company values growth. As an associate, it helps to know that the company supports you throughout your studies and encourages you to expand your knowledge and skillset, also giving you the freedom of choosing which qualification you want to study, which is unlike other firms I researched.
What is your role and what do you like about your position?
I work in Tax and I love that everyone is very approachable; the team makes it so easy to ask any question, big or small. Associates, seniors and managers all sit together in the department which makes it that much easier to learn new skills and industry knowledge ‘on the job’ in order to complete a task. Being able to work on both UK and Jersey tax also means that I am able to expand my knowledge, rather than being restricted to just Jersey.
Why do you like working at Grant Thornton?
Grant Thornton are all about supporting their staff and as a company they make sure that everyone feels comfortable and included. I could tell from my first day.
There are always lots of social events so we all mingle with one another even if we don’t work in the same department – as a new joiner but also new to the island, this really helped me settle in.