1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed the placement and felt it was an extremely valuable experience that should hopefully help me to get my foot in the door of one of the big 4. The work was fairly varied, although it might not be for everyone as it is quite analytic and that appeals more to me than perhaps it would to others. There's plenty of opportunity to get out of the office and onto client sites and the Student Recruitment Team place a lot of emphasis on getting to know your colleagues and taking part in events outside of work which is fun.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Responsibility is given from the offset which does make you feel valued. A lot of emphasis is placed on receiving feedback so that you can develop and learn from your mistakes, although this also provides an opportunity to receive praise when you've done a good job. I was concerned that I'd feel in the way throughout my placement, but this certainly hasn't been the case.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The support structure here is very good and I know that there are plenty of people of all levels that I could ask for help if necessary. The first two days were all about settling into the company which was helpful as there's a potential that you could be on a client site every day after that where there are less people to answer your questions. I receive regularly emails about social events and celebrations so there's lots of opportunities to gain guidance in a less formal setting too.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Some days were naturally busier than others but there's plenty of mandatory training to keep you occupied on the less busy days. When you're on the client sites, there's definitely always work to be doing which is much more enjoyable than just sitting in the office. On the placement, you were mainly just working 9-5 although it seems the usual hours would be longer.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
The first day that I was assigned to my client, I received a list of tasks that would primarily be my responsibility, which makes you feel a valued part of the team. You're given the opportunity to just get your head down and get on with the work which is helpful, although there's people to ask for help if need be.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I study Mathematics so there aren't a great deal of links to take back into my final year, although I feel like this placement has affirmed the fact that I want to work in this industry and has provided invaluable industry knowledge and contacts to me.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
People were very friendly but really just wanted to get on with their work which was understandable so it wasn't too exciting but provided a very good working environment. On the client sites, we worked in smaller teams so got much closer and the atmosphere was much nicer to be a part of. All of the client staff were friendly too and were happy to have a chat.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The correspondence before the internship was superb and I felt like I had constant support throughout the placement. This continued throughout the placement and my diary was clear and showed me exactly where I would be in the region each day. There was lots of celebration events organised too us too and this was communicated weeks in advance.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I feel like KPMG have an emphasis on trying to improve us as well as just getting us to work for them. I've learnt so much on the placement and the company seem keen that this placement is a potential route to a graduate job which provides real incentive. No real expense has been spared and we've been treated exactly the same as other new starters which has been lovely.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The graduate scheme is exactly what I want to do and shows real clear progression routes throughout the company. Future career options have been made clear to us and we've been able to get a balanced view of the graduate scheme from our colleagues which has been invaluable. I've appreciated the honesty and, if anything, it has made me more keen to join the company upon graduation.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
We all went for drinks after the first day and have stayed in regular contact with those in our department since. There was a celebration boat part planned and opportunites to get involved in the local community through Corporate Responsibility Events.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Commuted each day, although KPMG pay for your lunch and expenses to and from client sites so this didn't make things expensive for me at all. Like me, most interns commuted on a daily basis so we didn't incur costs but the local area isn't too expensive to rent in and there are excellent transport links nearby which is helpful. Pubs were not too expensive either so it really didn't break the bank.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Very near to Broad Street which is very good.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Social events and sports teams are common at KPMG and we were encouraged from the very first day to get involved in this which was very good. Regular emails and calendar invitations were sent round to let us know what we could get involved in and we were always made to feel very welcome.