1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Extremely interesting time with KPMG Aberdeen, friendly office and supportive staff. Studying a STEM subject the internship provided great insight into the expectations and day to day workings of an audit professional and allowing me to gain certainty this was a career path I would wish to pursue
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
All member of the office were friendly and made time to answer questions and any uncertainties. Every effort was made to integrate the interns into the team, and in my opinion extremely successfully.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Management were always happy to answer questions or help when I was unsure. The emphasis on learning within the office means that even when starting with an extremely low knowledge base I was given the opportunity to understand the work because of the ability to ask questions.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Even when not scheduled to a particular client, tasks would be found for interns to complete but the work was never overwhelming as there would always be someone to ask or help when I was struggling. On the whole there were a few days which were training heavy but work balance was well managed.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Responsibility for self review and checking that work was high but work was mainly performed in teams of varying seniority. Throughout my internship the emphasis was on working within the team rather than independently 'running the show'. Expectations were high but reasonable and meant that you felt invested in the work performed but not left to handle problems on your own.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Coming from a non-accounting background a lot of skills learnt was new and provided extremely useful insight into the work expected of a graduate. My excel skills were significantly improved throughout my time with KPMG, the training packages were well structured and helpful.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office was friendly, open and a pleasant place to work. As Aberdeen is one of the smaller KPMG offices most people know the rest of the departments and staff well which makes for an extremely enjoyable office environment.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The programme was really well organised with regular emails in the lead up to placement and a buddy system which ensured that any general office questions were easily resolved.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
A lot of time was invested in ensuring we understood work and were able to ask any relevant questions while working in the office. Alongside this an induction day and compulsory training were to be completed gave good insight into the expectations and values of the firm.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
If the opportunity was to become available I would happily work for the firm in the future.
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?
Aberdeen has come down in cost since the oil downturn so is a reasonable city to live in.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
The social committee is active and plan events throughout the year