1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed the work I was set during my placement, the tasks were varied in difficulty and length, and it was clear to see how they were contributing to the team's overall goal. Only downside was they could get a bit repetitive, but that says more about the nature of the job rather than the internship itself!
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Moreso than I could have ever expected. I was told daily by my in-charge how well I was progressing and how much my work was helping the team.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I never had a question unanswered, and I always felt comfortable to ask more questions, or to have something explained to me again. This was especially comforting as I have never done any accounting before and a lot of the more rudimentary terms were often new to me.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
This was the major drawback of my internship at times; I found myself twiddling my thumbs, often for entire days. When I had work to do I would complete it with enthusiasm, but in between times I found myself sitting around waiting for something to happen.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given as much responsibility as I would have wanted at this stage in my education, so realistically I'd give this a 10/10 perfect score, but the scale doesn't work like that unfortunately.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills I have learned from this programme will help me in my career no doubt, and I value my time spent here.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Friendly, social and down to earth, but with a sense that everyone knew they had a job to do and nobody will do it for them. Overall I would say it was a really great balance and gave me the chance to experience the realities of work life, without losing out on the social opportunities it can bring.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Other than a few technical issues with laptops and networks on the first few days, the internship was extremely well organised. The application process for the scheme is worth highlighting, as it was as seamless as humanly possible. Another drawback was that I didn't find out which client I'd be working at until a few days before. Some context for this is necessary; I was based in the Manchester office but ended up spending the first two weeks in Oldham. This was not a huge problem, but a little more notice in advance would have been better.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Training days at the start and in the middle of the placement were useful and enjoyable. The firm put us in touch with a number of employees, from graduate trainees to partners, in order to help us settle in and give us the chance to ask any questions.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very appealing, it would be an excellent place to work after I graduate.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The social life, when we had the chance, was really good. However, most interns were not working with any other interns during the 4 weeks, which was a major drawback socially. However it did give me the chance to get more out of my internship work experience.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Reasonable, not cheap but a fair price for most things.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Central Manchester, so I can't have any complaints.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
We had a social organised for us during the internship but other than that it was mostly self organised things. This is difficult though when you spend almost no time with the other interns as you don't really build up many relationships.