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I really enjoyed my internship over the 6 weeks, I enjoyed the work i was doing, and the office environment.
I very much got the impression that everyone I was working with wanted me to get as much as i could out of the 6 weeks, from answering all of my questions to contributing to work for real clients.
I worked with my manager and the other trainees for the 6 weeks and i could ask questions about the work if i got stuck very easily. For the most part i was sat next to trainees that taught and guided me through the work.
Unfortunately there was a dip in work in my 6 weeks but overall i was able to do enough work to gain a good understanding of the work trainees and manager do in business tax.
I was able to do work for clients without help during my 6 weeks however all work done by trainees is reviewed by managers. You have responsibility but you wont be submitting anything that hasn't been reviewed.
I study economics at university and the work I did during my internship allowed me to see the how clients operate their businesses and when i go back to university i'll have a better idea about how some of the macro and micro economic theory affects these real businesses.
The atmosphere was really good. You work on the same floor as the managers and the partner and everyone is very accessible. The assistant manager is always looking out to help you where he/she can and everyone in the team is friendly and warm. I didn't have any issues with anyone and the atmosphere that is created in general is one which you feel encouraged to succeed in the internship and work.
The induction days were very well organised, you can tell a lot of thought goes into that whole process. they arranged for senior members of staff from each of the different departments to talk to us about what they do so when you go back to your department you have a decent idea of what happens everywhere else. During the scheme there isn't a set structure but you get thrown in to work on real clients with graduates (often the graduates actual clients) and you very much learn through work that comes your way.
The training is very much hands on, you start off with a graduate trainee going through the basic tasks with you, these basic tasks are things that they do in their normal 9-5 grad job and its on real clients so you get quite involved straight away. You learn quite a lot and by the end and you'll know what your life would be like as a grad. They do give you some insight into the actual training process that you will undergo as a trainee for three years and you learn about the personal training that you will do should you come back.
Employment prospects are very good, once qualified you can move up positions within the firm. There are also other offices and departments that you can contact to find the best role for you.
There didn't seem to be many social events organised outside of working hours with colleges, however you could create your own if you contact people.
Surrey isn't the cheapest place although I've never lived anywhere else, so I'm used to paying £4.50 for a pint of Peroni. Its not a problem to move down here and enjoy yourself without being tight on money as long as you don't blow your paycheck on stupid things every month.
I haven't really delved into this too much however you're right in the centre of Guildford which is pretty big and has pretty much everything you need. Its also on the doorstep of the University of Surrey and therefore there are plenty of things for young people to do, that includes pubs, clubs and other things you may think of.
Guildford has lots to do so I cant imagen it would be problem to come down and find some stuff to get involved in and build a new social life. As mentioned already you're on the doorstep of a big Uni and there are lots businesses catering to that which is good news for grads.
Internship (1-4 Months)
8th August 2016