1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
A lot of effort was put in to ensure that you are involved and contributing to the team as much as possible. The culture is very open and welcoming; people are happy with help with any questions and make sure you understand the work you have been set. I learnt a lot during this short internship.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Due to the nature of some of the jobs and the fact that sometimes you have to wait for your clients to provide you with information before being able to finish work you have been set, there were times when I did not have a lot to do; I was however able to use this time to finish online training and formally log the experiences I have had so I could talk about them in my final interview. However, for 90% of the time, I always had work to get on with that would contribute to the work the team was doing; I was also encouraged to gain client contact.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Everyone I worked with really did encourage me to ask questions if I did not understand anything. Although I was completely new to accounting, I felt as if I understood all the tasks I was set because I asked for clarification from my team members including managers, who were more than happy to help.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Majority of the time, I had tasks to be getting on with; a lot of effort was made to ensure that I had work to do, whenever possible.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was involved in a variety of work. A couple of times, I was also sent to client meetings on my own.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Increased knowledge and technical knowledge of accounting as well as gaining experience in working in a professional environment and with clients, would definitely help me in my future career.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Everyone I met was really open, welcoming and helpful.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I was given two key contacts who I could message for help or guidance any time during the internship; they were really helpful throughout it and I was always sure of where I needed to be. A lot of the work was on client sites rather than in the office; at the beginning of the internship I was told exactly which clients I would be working on and with which colleagues. There was also a social and a CSR day organised.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There was online training. However, the most useful personal development really came from making an effort to be involved in as much as possible. Gaining new experiences in itself helped to develop my skills and confidence.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
After a final interview, I was given offered a place on the graduate programme.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
A social was organised for interns in and around London. In general, colleagues were happy to involve you if any informal social events were taking place.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I lived at home so the costs were minimal.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
London had a good nightlife.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?