1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The internship was an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. I learned a lot about the company, the work, and myself. For the most part I always had work to be getting on with and the working environment was friendly and relaxed. Aside from a few boring days due to lack of work, the internship was enjoyable.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Not only did I feel very welcomed in the friendly work environment, but I also felt valued and trusted by my more senior colleagues when it came to work. I was given proper work that was important to the jobs I was booked to and that required responsibility on my part.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The senior staff members who gave me work and looked after me on a daily basis were very helpful. They were always looking for stuff for me to do and were always on hand to help and coach me if it was needed. However, there is a bit of a disconnect between the interns and the staff who were specifically meant to manage out internship.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Most of the time during the internship I was given a good amount of work to get on with. This meant I was kept busy without ever being overworked. However, there were several days during which I had very little to do resulting in a boring/long day. Perhaps a presentation/project to work on in my spare time would've helped.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
All the work I was given was proper audit work that would have otherwise been done by associates. Even when the work was relatively easy it was a valued part of the overall job. On some occasions I even did work that was included in later reports/meetings and was therefore of high importance.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
On a technical side, the skills I learned were very valuable. I developed better skills that can be directly applied to other work (Excel, word etc) as well as getting used to working with unfamiliar software. I also developed more personal skills such as confidence and team working ability that will no doubt be extremely valuable in the future.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere was very friendly and relaxed. I always felt welcomed and it was easy to get to know everyone in the office. The relaxed atmosphere also meant it was easy to get used to the work at your own pace, which really helped reduce any stress you might have.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The overall organisation was very good. The induction was well organised and was a good starting point for the year ahead. It was easy to find out who we needed to see if we needed work. However, there were still days where there was very little to do. On top of this the relationship between the interns and the intern managers was not the best.
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?
My fellow interns were very sociable and it was extremely easy to get involved. We organised various meals out and drinks during the internship. The members of staff were also very sociable and we mixed with them a lot. It was very easy to get involved in social activities and make friends.
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?
There were many social events organised. As an office we went to watch a cricket match and had a big sports day. There were also various meals and drinks that we attended. As interns we also organised our own social events so there was always something to get involved with.