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Rating

4.3/5
  • The Role
    4.6
  • The Company
    4.8
  • The Culture
    3.3

Role Description

During the placement I spent some time in audit and some in tax to get a feel for each service line. Whilst in audit I had a lot of client exposure and carried out tasks similar to what an associate would. In tax I spent time preparing corporate tax returns and researching topical tax issues. I was also asked to make a small presentation in my last week to senior people in the office. It was more of a chance for them to see what you thought of the scheme really. During the last week I had a partner inteview for a graduate position in 2009 which I got on the condition I get a 2:1!

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • I really enjoyed the job. I met lots of new people which I am still in touch with after finishing. The pay was also the best I've ever had! The hours were sociable too.

    5/5

  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • I felt that both associates and managers were approachable and helpful if I had any issues.

    5/5

  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • I met regulary with senior management with regards to the summer scheme in general and the managers on the job I was on reviewed my work on a daily basis.

    5/5

  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • Some days were busier than others but all in all the workload was pretty steady. I was often given deadlines that were easily attainable.

    4/5

  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • I was given the same repsponsibility as a new graduate and was made to fell like one of the team.

    4/5

  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • Hopefully.... If I get a 2:1 they will come in very useful!

    5/5

    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • The Aberdeen office is one of the smaller offices and they often did things collectively rather than by service line which was good.

    4/5

  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • The placement scheme was well organised by HR. They sent out regular e-mails keeping us up to date before we started and also checked up on us during also.

    5/5

  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • The first week comprised of a 4 day skill session in Birmingham with all the placement students outside London followed by a 2 day Scotland & Northern Ireland IT and service line industion in Glasgow. All in all, not cheap!

    5/5

  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • National Travel

    Company Parties/Events

    Healthcare/Dental

    5/5

  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • I have been offered a grad job here and will not be applying to any other professional service firm as I thoroughly enjoyed my placement and I think it was a fairly good insight to what it would be like to be permanantly emloyed there.

    5/5

    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • There were three placement student in the office along with a few new graduates and industrial placement students which was good as there were people in the same position as me.

    4/5

  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • Salarly more than covered my cost of living... actually managed to save some money this summer!

    4/5

  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • Nightlife in Aberdeen is ok, not as good as Glasgow...

    3/5

  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • There was a corporate decathlon thing running while I was there included golf, cycling etc

    3/5

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Details

Internship (1-4 Months)

Accountancy

10th September 2008


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