1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed my internship thoroughly from the first induction activities all the way through to the last day, having many opportunities to work with similar people on interesting tasks. The senior management were very approachable which made it very easy to ask questions and experience as many things as I could during the internship
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Everyone at the office and in the teams I worked in was very polite and respectful. As a student who doesn't study an accounting based degree I didn't have much knowledge but they helped every step of the way. They also included me in all the social events and general team events around the office
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Given support in every role I was given. When I was sent to speak to clients about evidence I needed for my role someone came with me on my first few times to explain I was an intern and that I was here to collect this data, making easier the first client meeting.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Really varied, on some jobs in my 4 weeks I was very busy working 9-5.30 and not stopping during the day, however especially whilst out on site sometimes there was no work available for me and the level of work that I could be given. This all depends on the jobs you are allocated too
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Mixed bag again. The actual importance of the work and the difficulty were not hard but I was trusted speaking to clients and meeting with them to get information for the audit which I guess is a responsibility. Also I was given responsibility to time manage and plan how to complete certain task in a week on a job
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Only sort of skill that I furthered is time management skills as I was given work and had to prioritize it myself. Also the ability to persevere when being given boring tasks which is quite a lot of the work when you are so junior as you will be in this role.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Wasn't in office much
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship was well organised, from the induction in canary wharf to the organisation of where you were working at which client site and the team you were with. Everyone had a buddy whom we could ask questions to anytime. So it was well organised from start to end.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Did a few training coruses related to ethics and independence,and also some training on how to use the companies systems, Felt like the company was being purposely outward to the interns almost trying to advertise KPMG to us by giving us training and opportunities to further ourselves so we would take the graduate role afterwards
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I'm not sure on how much id like to work for the company in the future just due to the nature of the work, as I was just taking the role to get an idea for what this sector was about. Ive had a good experience and would maybe take a grad role after university.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes fellows student went for drinks a few times, and tried to keep in touch over skype messenger within the company in order to learn about what work each other was doing when we were out on sites and not together in the office, so good social scene in general
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked 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?