1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed the summer internship. I met many new people including my fellow interns. I got exposure to audit work. I actually performed an audit on client site for 3 weeks. However, there were also negative sides of it. Sometimes it happened that I had nothing to do, in which case I needed to find something on my own.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt that I was valued by my colleagues. I got exposure to audit work. I actually performed an audit on client site for 3 weeks as a part of 4-member team. So I was regarded as fully responsible player, whose job matters. I had feeling that my questions and opinions had value.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
We were meeting on a weekly basis as he was also a project manager on the client project that I was assigned to. Even if that was not the case, I believe he would be available if I needed. We communicated via email and also we had a chat at the beginning and at the end of the internship about the whole duration.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I performed an audit on client site for 3 weeks. These 3 weeks were quite busy. The job, once I got into it, was quite a routine. Apart from those 3 weeks, I was on 2 other projects. During that time it happened that I had nothing to do, in which case I needed to find something on my own.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I an audit on client site for 3 weeks as a part of four member team. I was regarded as a fully responsible player, whose job matters. The job required also regular communication with the client. The fact that we were only four in the team added the importance of my job. I learnt a lot during that time.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The internship I had was Audit. I used to have an accounting course so I built on that. In my next year of studies, I am taking another accounting course so I believe the experience will be helpful. Another skills including communication skills and knowledge about business areas I was exposed to wil be definitely valuable too.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere in the London office was quite quiet. A few people had headphones on and were not talking that much. I felt that it was not very sociable during working time. But from time to time it was fun. We event went for drinks after for a few times which was fun.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I think that the organisation of work could have been better. The first three weeks were fine, I was on a client site and I had work to do, but the rest of the internship was quite messy. I had another three-day project however there I had barely something to do. Also the days in the office were quite empty.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The first three days of the internship we received a training in Birmingham which was conducted by BDO senior employees. It was quite useful and provided me with basics of what I needed during the internship. throughout internship we had an online platform available where we could do online training if we wanted to.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Living in London is very expensive. I managed to rent a room from my friend, but generally, it is much more expensive that other cities in the UK. Socialising and going out for drinks is indeed expensive too. I was not able to go to parties that often. If you have no problem with money, you have many opportunities to go out.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
London is a vibrant place for nightlife. thus there were numerous opportunities to go out and have fun. However it is necessary to say that working and living in London is quite expensive, therefore I was not able to go to parties that often. If you have no problem with money, you have many opportunities to go out.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
As a part of internship, we were included in Micro Tyco challenge , where we had to raise funds for the charity. Apart from that I am not aware of other activities outside of work that I could have been involved in. Probably if I would ask more I would find out. Im sure there are such opportunities as volunteering...