1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I loved the opportunities and experience in which the job entailed. Working in internal auditor meant that every day was different and there was many different sectors which I was able to experience. Working as part of a graduate scheme meant that I was able to experience what it was like if I were to come back and work in the company.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
All my colleagues were very friendly and warm. I felt that everyone was approachable and the buddy system which we had ensured that I was able to ask questions if I was unsure and not feel embarrassed. Feedback from colleagues made me feel valued and appreciated as all comments were positive and evidenced my contribution to the organisation.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My line manager constantly communicated with me on a daily basis and ensured that I was supported. Flexible work was accommodated by my manager which was greatly appreciated. My manager encouraged me to participate in training to help with my development and ensured that I always had the support when working on site which I required.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
My line manager was very good in ensuring that I was constantly busy which work to ensure that I was chargeable. I was regularly on-site carrying out client work and when I did not have client work, I was given tasks to help support others or complete tasks for other managers.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Fortunately, I was given a lot of responsibility during my placement from the get go which helped me grow in confidence. I was given the opportunity to lead of audits with the support of other graduates and also given the responsibility to complete documents for important meetings which managers would have to attend.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
One of the modules I will be studying next year with focus on strategic management and risk in which the role I carried out during my placement year will provide real life working examples which can help me put the theory which I will be learning into perspective. The excel training and report training which I undertook will also help towards my writing and practical skills.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
As most of our client work was conducted at client sites, there would be times where there would not be a lot of people in the office. But, there would also be times where there were loads of people in the office and you would struggle for seats. When the office was busy, everyone was very friendly and approachable. There was lots of communication and the overall office set up was brilliant.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The placement was very well organised from the first day which we had several days of induction, right through to the last day. There was constant communication with us as placement students throughout the placement and we were always constantly involved in the everyday life of the office. We were invited to a sports day beforehand which gave us an opportunity to get to know some of our colleagues before we started.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I was lucky to live at home so I was able to save some cost in socialising. However I do know that living in London was very expensive. Despite the cost prices, there are lots of opportunities to socialise and have fun in London and once you find your feet and establish what is affordable, there are lots of opportunities to have fun in the area.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
As London is a very big city, there are lots of places which people can visits to socialise and enjoy the nightlife. Outside London there are lots of places which I visited which are slightly cheaper and you can have just as much fun in terms of nightlife. Again, once you establish the right places to enjoy the nightlife, you are able to have fun in London.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?