preparing accounts and tax returns
administering payrolls and controlling income and expenditure
auditing financial information
compiling and presenting reports, budgets, business plans, commentaries and financial statements
analysing accounts and business plans
providing tax planning services with reference to current legislation
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
got an internship through Go Abroad China; they are the ones that seemed to offer what I wanted close the budget I had. I worked for a trade company based in downtown Shanghai. Doing the work experience in Shanghai was great; my team was in charge of finding clients through emails, phone calls and doing presentations. I was also involved with a lot of research about how the trade industry works and where that company should be improving. China is quite crowded but the life in Shanghai is great, if I found a job there I wouldn’t hesitate to move there. I don’t really speak Chinese but it wasn’t a problem at work since I was not the only foreigner in the company, so English was easily spoken; plus plenty of Chinese in Shanghai actually speak English! Besides that I did have several times I went out to see the town and have fun too.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
as an intern you are given the opportunity to voice your opinions on the operational tasks in branch and how they could be improved.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My internship comapny really were supportive and looked towards my professional development. I was able to speak to colleagues and get there advice when needed. It was often more of a learn on the job approach which I found more useful and interesting that simulated or practice tasks.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I never felt overworked and the hours were always reasonably flexible. You are also tasked to take control in all areas of business therefore if customer base was quiet you could be working on your folder, dealing with accounts, catching up with paperwork
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
From day one you are given a lot of responsibility, in all aspects of the business model .There was always some oversight from a project/team manager and a QA process so I had the confidence that any major mistakes would be spotted.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I learnt a lot about the energy industry from the work and from workshops and webinars. I found that I learnt about how projects and relationships with clients work and I believe this will be very useful in the futures.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
There was a positive atmosphere.There was a good graduate, apprentice and placement community which organised regular meetings and events.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I was extremely surprised by the level of organisation that goes into their scheme and the continuous support given by all employees.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I felt there was a good amount of training, particularly at the beginning. A lot of the learning was on-the-job
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Good, there were incentives to return as a graduate which I plan on doing. There seemed to be good opportunities for career progression and development.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There was a graduate,apprentice and placement community which organised regular events. There were also events organised by the team and the department (e.g. Christmas and Summer parties)
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Reasonable. I relocated to a completely unknown area, i was lucky to move into a house share with great people at a reasonable cost!
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
there were a lot of other students and events.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There are a lot of charity based events you can get involved in even though i didn't have time to get involved myself a few co-workers got involved in pride events & 5 aside football & foodbank events,There were some activities organised through the sport and social club as well as plenty of other opportunities