Vishaly Koumar

Management Reporting Intern

  • BSc Finance and Accounting
  • Brunel University
  • Placement Year (10 Months+)
  • Travelport

What was the interview process like?

The interview process at Travelport was thorough, involving an assessment centre which consisted of 2 interviews, a group exercise and an excel test. The assessment day was very well organised and straight forward. I was nervous at first, but the managers were very welcoming and friendly.

How much responsibility were you given?

I was given a lot more responsibility than I anticipated, as right from the start I was required to produce senior level management reports which required a high level of accuracy. Although this was challenging, I received initial training and ongoing support from my manager whenever needed.

What advice would you give to someone applying for your role?

For the assessment centre, please come practiced and well prepared - perhaps have a mock interview with your university placement career advisor as it will certainly help and you will be more likely to do well in the real interview.

What has been your biggest challenge?

The year-end process, which involves producing financial statements and reports for the whole of the previous year, has been one of my biggest challenges. This was the busiest time of year as I had numerous tasks to complete within a tight deadline. This was a great opportunity for me to develop key skills including team working and working under pressure.

What did you most enjoy about your role?

Being able to work alongside experienced professionals in a friendly working environment and getting ‘real life’ practical experiences have been rewarding. Also, the intern programme provides great training opportunities, including a Future Managers course which covered topics like public speaking, personal branding and management styles.

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