1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed it; i was given a lot more responsibility than I thought i would, and as a result learnt a lot more than expected. I was also made to do a wide variety of tasks, giving me a holistic experience.
The work environment was very conducive for me - I see how everyone wants everyone else to succeed.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt very valued by my colleagues. Everyone was super supportive and as mentioned above, I felt that they really wanted me to succeed.
My managers and colleagues were very encouraging the whole time, and it pushed me to perform well. They also seemed extremely grateful for the help i was giving them, which was nice.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was given a lot of support and guidance by my managers throughout. I did feel bad about asking questions/for feedback when they were busy. I felt like they had more important things to do so and I was just a disruption to their day. Perhaps a more efficient feedback system could be put in place to avoid situations like this?
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was not that busy at the start because it took a while for our client to do the relevant checks on me. However, during the later weeks, I was really busy. I had a set of daily tasks that I had to do, as well as answer ad-hoc requests which were coming in non-stop. It was fun though.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
As mentioned before, I was given a lot of responsibility which was amazing. I was in charge of creating the training documents for a team in India, and spent a lot of time training them as well. I was also one of only 3 POCs for any issues with a certain software, which meant I was dealing with senior managers/managers/etc on a daily basis.
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 of pricing concepts during this internship and went through pricing reviews. Studying accounting and finance helped me understand this better, and likewise, the concepts ive learnt have given me a deeper understanding of my degree.
Additionally, i learnt so many soft skills that would help me in my daily life.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
it was great, i mainly worked in wembley. It was not too crowded, not too quiet. This is the environment I think is most conducive for me.
I love that there are not any desks assigned to anyone here because it gives us the freedom to pick the kind of environment we want to be in, which could boost our efficiency too.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It was pretty well organised.
However if i could add to this, I would have involved an additional session in the training week to explain the structure of the company.
I want to know how CD&O and C&M differ, what the corporate functions are, how the 5 arms of Accenture differ, and what the mobility is like within the company.
I would also have liked to know what the grad scheme offer entails so I know what I'm signing up for if I do get it.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Yes, they invested a lot in terms of time and resources.
On the accenture portal, there are so many training resources that I took advantage of, and they were very useful.
My managers and supervisors invested a lot of their time on me, giving me 1-on-1 trainings, taking the time out of their busy schedules. I did learn a lot.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
They are very appealing. As such a large company, I believe Accenture can offer me so much. I have learnt that the level of mobility is pretty high within the company, which means I could be able to try out different roles and learn constantly, which I find extremely exciting.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes there were any events that were taking place. I was even part of the organising team of one, which was pretty cool.
When i went to Newcastle for a few days, there were multiple events - drinks, dinners, etc. that allowed me to really get to know my team. Socials also make everything more fun :)
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Bank is pretty expensive.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
It was pretty decent - some bars here and there, but the surrounding areas like covent garden, london bridge are pretty happening too.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There are i am sure but i didnt get to participate in any.