The tasks I did varied. I was often set work by my colleagues from my client team. Anything from excel spreadsheet data crunching, to proof reading draft company reports for mathematical or grammar errors.
Sometimes communicating with clients to find out missing information.
I also did some controls testing.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
It was a fantastic 6 week program. We were trained very well at the start by student recruitment. We were always asked for our feedback, and training continued throughout the internship. I felt prepared for the work I was given, and I felt that if I had any problems there were lots of people I could talk to who would be more than happy to help me. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed my experience.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt very valued by my colleagues. They all made an effort to ensure that I was given tasks to do and that I was enjoying my placement. They were always very encouraging and supportive and I was able to feel that the work I did added value to the overall audit.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My colleagues were really supportive. My supervisor did a fantastic job of ensuring that I was on track with my work, that I understood each task, and that I was enjoying my placement.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
It could vary quite a lot. Sometimes I had the perfect amount of work, one week I had a lot to do (which I quite enjoyed). Other weeks I had very little! I always had work to do though, as I was set ongoing projects for the whole 6 weeks.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given lots of client tasks which I enjoyed. I participated in a client meeting - I had a list of pre prepared questions that I went over in advance with my supervisor. I also enjoyed the group project work we did as a team of interns. I was able to feel challenged and responsible as a team member whilst also learning the skills of being team leader.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The main skill I learned was about managing people. I learned more about myself and what role I naturally tend towards when working in a team. I also learned more about how to meet deadlines and produce high quality work as part of a team.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
It was a fun atmosphere. Everyone works hard, but it was always easy to pop by someone's desk for a quick chat. Lots of coffee machines around the office for a quick break!
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Excellent organisation. The only comment I would have is at the beginning of the internship, during the training, our group was inducted in the EP office when all of us would be working at More London. This seemed a bit odd because none of us would ever need to be in EP during our 6 weeks.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
We had a week's training at the beginning, which was fantastic to learn the basics of audit and meet other interns. We also had a mid internship review day which was helpful to take stock of our experiences so far.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I have a job with PwC upon my graduation. The prospect of joining them is very appealing.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
We sometimes went for a quick drink after work. The only downside was that often people were spread across different offices, or on client site so it wasn't always easy to co-ordinate it. Also, most people just wanted to get home at the end of the day (which is understandable). On the last day of the internship we all went out for lunch which was a great end to the experience.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I lived at home, which made living cheaper for me! Socialising therefore wasn't affected.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Central London! Can't beat it really.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were, but as interns we didn't quite involved that much because we were there for such a short space of time. I'm sure that working there permanently, they'll be lots of opportunities.