I really enjoyed the work. My buddy was very involved in my progress. She always came and checked up on how I am doing and helped me wherever I needed. All employees tried to involve in work as much as they could and I really appreciate that. There were quiet days but you can expect that in every office/job. I really appreciate that every person gave me their attention and sat down with me and explained relevant issues. I was also invited to social events happening in the office.
Every person that I worked with, gave me their feedback and sat down with me and explained what I did wrong. You are given one-to-one time to discuss issues, your progress or background of the task that you have to do. They made me feel as a part of the team.
At the beginning, they have said to ask as many questions as I can, and they have never denied help. I was always introduced to the project by a partner or a manager (whoever was responsible) and explained all the relevant issues, so I can follow.
As I am a law student. I came with completely zero knowledge. In the first week, all tax interns attended 'Induction to Tax' course in London, where we got accommodation covered and travel expenses reimbursed. It was really good course and gives you good structure as to what you may encounter during your internship. As, I didn't work on actual tax computation, I could ask any questions regarding them. What I found really valuable, they taught me how to structure letters and business emails. It is a valuable skill that you can use anywhere. I was shown how different types of documents and type of work they do, starting from tax comp to workshops proposals etc. I was even taken to a client meeting, which was a great experience, because I could actually see how they carry their day-to-day tasks.
I found a first week quite challenging. I study at the University of Manchester. I had to travel on Monday morning to Edinburgh and then the same day to London. We had workshops on Tuesday and Wednesday, but had to be back in office on Thursday. It was quite exhausting. I think that they should have done training in London first and then ask us to travel to local offices. Apart from that, I think that the vacation scheme was really well-structured. They started to slowly introduce me to the work and the company on Thursday. My buddy bore in mind that I am exhausted and didn't overloaded me with work. As the vacation scheme, went on, I was started to given more work.
Atmosphere in the office was great. Everyone was really friendly and involved. I was involved in all team meetings and socials happening in Edinburgh.
I believe that they put extreme amount of preparation into how vac scheme was planned. Everyone gave me their time and explained everything. The London Training was great (apart from travelling) and instructors were very engaged and understanding when it came to our lack of knowledge. In the office, I could ask any member of the team for 15 mins chat and they have never said no.
The insight really helps you to understand they way the company operates. You have a chance to talk with employees on all levels, starting from trainees to managers and partners. They showed me the work they do and tried to involve me as much as possible, starting from routine tasks (that you have in every job) to more exciting tasks and projects.
The first day was an induction to company's culture. I had a chance to meet all interns in Scotland. They don't recruit a big number of people, as it was around 20 including placement interns. During actual work, you understand the way they operate more. They are huge on volunteering and CSR events. Ours was in Glasgow after which we had a meal and went to Escape Room. Overall, you can have 6 days for volunteering (not sure about that though). People are very friendly and inviting.
It was really valuable as I could see how they actually work and what companies they work with.
On the first day, I was introduced to every member of the team. Some people usually go out every Friday for drinks and they invited us to join them
We had BBQ on Friday after work and some games. They were quite fun.
You can constant emails and invites to events.
I would definitely recommend it. Don't expect that you will have loads to do, because you won't. July is quite slow month when it comes to tax, but they will try to involve you as much as they can. What is most important, is that they spent time with you.