To assistant with the external audit of various different companies and charities.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my placement with RSM UK. I had the opportunity to gain an insight to many different business' across the UK and was given responsibility and ownership over my own work.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Throughout the placement year we were given appraisal forms to fill out and therefore I received feedback from my colleagues on a regular basis. This helped me feel valued and also let me know which areas I needed to improve/work on for the future.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I feel that throughout my placement year I was continually supported by my supervisors - through regular update meetings, appraisal processes and day to day conversations.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The majority of the time I was busy and spent most of the week out at various clients and performing audits. Occasionally there was a lapse in the workload and I did struggle for work. Overall the workload was quite varied depending on the time of year and the booking of jobs.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I feel I was given a lot of responsibility and ownership over my own work. This responsibility was given early on and support was provided to ensure the responsibility wasn't too much.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I think I developed skills that will help a lot during my final year of studies. I also believe that this placement year will help me tremendously during my ACCA exams after I finish University.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere is friendly and helpful - a very pleasant and professional place to work.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The work was organised very well - from my first day to my last I have been booked onto training courses, jobs and various work events. RSM also helped when communicated with my University and facilitated a meeting during work hours with my placement tutor.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
RSM sent all of the new employees down to a residential training centre for the first three weeks of the job. This allowed us to get familiar with each other and spend three weeks learning about the job. We were sent on training courses periodically and the company invested a lot in the training of the younger staff members.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
My job prospects are great with the organisation - providing I go on to achieve a 2:1 in my degree I can come back to employment after I finish. I also have the option to transfer offices to another area of the UK.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I made a lot of friends and attended many social events through work with my fellow students and colleagues. Many of whom I plan to see regularly after I finish my placement.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The cost of living and socialising was around average - not too expensive. I did live at home with my parents during the year so didn't really experience the cost of living in the city.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife in Nottingham is great and ever changing. There are many new bars and restaurants popping up all over the centre of Nottingham, There is also a good choice of clubs and pubs.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Like most cities there are opportunities for activities in all sort of different fields.