1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my internship as I was at the clients from the first week, and given valuable work to do. Working in audit meant I was only at the office for a few days, and so was travelling to the clients' office most of the time, although this made the days quite long, I really enjoyed being at the client's site.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt very valued by my colleagues, as they appreciated the work I was doing and took time to make sure that I was comfortable with the tasks I was assigned. Even if I was asking a lot of questions, I never felt as though I was in the way, or slowing everyone down when I was working in the team.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
As I have touched on in my previous comment, I was given a lot of support which I really appreciated. You could ask anyone for help whether that be the seniors or other members on your team, or someone in the office via email or a messenger app. Although it was daunting going almost immediately to the clients, I received plenty of guidance which diminished any concerns I had.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was really busy most days, which I found let me learn as much as possible in the short period of time - it definitely wasn't just photocopying or getting a drinks round! Although there were some points when I had finished a task and I needed to wait for something else to do, for me this was rare and to be expected as an intern.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I felt like I had a lot of responsibility during the placement, which stepped up a lot towards the end of the 6 weeks. Although there was a lot of finding samples and invoices, I also got to talk to the client quite often when requesting information, and complete full tests during the internship.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I definitely think the skills I have developed, and training I have received will help me in my future career. My excel skills have improved immensely, and I now feel a lot more confident when working in different teams and with clients, skills that are definitely transferable to my studies and future career.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere in my office was really friendly, and remained quite calm even though everyone in the office was incredibly busy. Although I wasn't there that often, I never felt out of place there, and found that everyone was willing to talk to you and offer help and advice when it was needed.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The placement was fairly well organised and set up. I would have preferred a more in-depth calendar as to what I was doing especially during the training weeks so that I would have known what to pack for the social events. Saying that I still had plenty to do during the internship and the overall placement was organised effectively.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company invested in me through 4 days training at the beginning of the internship which involved introductory sessions to audit, and how to behave around clients and others. As this was in Birmingham there was en-suite accommodation provided that was only a minute from the office we were undertaking training sessions at so was really well placed. There were also two days at the end of the internship in London.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
There were no perks with
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Quite appealing as if you perform well you get offered a grad position within the company.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes there was a good social scene, there were 3 socials that took place during my time there including a football tournament, BBQ and summer drinks.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The cost of living was okay, but did add up as I had to move to the area for my internship and so pay for rent etc. This is fair though as it was my choice to move for the internship in order to make the commute easier to work. Socialising also wasn't that expensive, and there were quite a few bars around and a couple of pubs near the office.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Nightlife was okay.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were a few opportunities, mostly to do with the social events, but otherwise not so much.