1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Really enjoyed to experience a range of sub-sectors within Tax whilst on my internship. I was able to rotate around the different sub sectors within tax. I also really enjoyed meeting the teams and the other interns and got involved with different social activities including Go Ape with my team and a Boat Party with the other interns.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Very friendly team, everyone is very welcoming and supportive. Obviously there was a limited amount of work that I could do but when I did do work they were very grateful and very good at giving feedback. They were all very friendly and interested in what I was doing at University and what I was doing at KPMG.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Found that it was slightly disorganised. When I did ask for support they gave me lots of support and guidance. I felt it was somewhere that I could definitely progress and would bring out the best in me.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I had enough to do but if I wanted work I had to find work to do by asking people if they had anything that I could do. I thought that I would be given a project at the start to work on which would be reviewed throughout my internship but this was not the case. I recognised that everyone was very busy and I didn't have a lot of the knowledge needed to perform the tasks but it would have been better if I was given more to do.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Limited responsibility but this was understandable.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I gained a lot of skills about what its like working in the work place and the kind of work I will be doing at the beginning of my career. As I study Economics at University, a lot of what I was doing applied to what I had learnt at university. This was really useful and I definitely will be able to apply it when I return to university for my third year.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Everyone was very friendly and welcoming. There is a very inclusive culture at KPMG. It was a very calm environment to be in where everyone seemed to be happy and enjoying the work that they were doing. Being in this kind of atmosphere meant that I was happy to ask questions when I was stuck and therefore it was a good environment to learn in.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The recruitment process was very well organised and they were always very quick to get back to me after each stage. They were also really quick to respond to any queries I had with regards to the placement. On my first day which was the induction day this was very well organised and provided me with lots of useful knowledge. The 2 days I spend at the tax business school was also very well structured. When I arrived for my first day at the office however, neither my buddy nor my people manager were there and I found that at the beginning it was quite disorganised.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I spent 2 days at the tax business school in my first week. This was really useful and we got taught all day on tax and basic tax and accounting skills. When I was in the office I didn't get given many challenging tasks to do but obviously this is understandable as I limited knowledge to be able to do the tasks. I was given lots of information to read through which was very interesting and I got a lot from.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I think they would be a fantastic firm to work for as they are very supportive towards personal development. They would be a fantastic firm to study your professional qualification with as they provide excellent training and support. Since they are such a big company you also get huge clients to work with which gives you lots of opportunities to challenge yourself and be the best you can be.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There were lots of social events organised within teams and events organised by recruitment team for the interns. I went on a Go Ape day with a team that I was with which gave me a fantastic opportunity to meet the whole team. On my first day after the induction event we had a networking evening which was a fantastic opportunity to meet the other interns. Recruitment also organised a boat party during the internship so we could meet up with all of the other interns and find out how everyone else was getting along.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I was based in the Birmingham office which is also were I go to university so I was able to stay at my uni house during the internship. This meant that living costs were very low. I had to get a 10 minute train in to work every day which was very cheap and easy. It is definitely much cheaper and easier that being in London.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
I attended a Go Ape day with a team that I was with which gave me a fantastic opportunity to meet everyone and talk to everyone. I also attended a networking evening on my first day which meant that I could socialise with the rest of the interns. They organised a boat party and a corporate social responsibility day during my internship which was for all of the interns across all of the different service lines within the office which meant I could catch up with everyone and hear how everyone else was getting along.