Doing general tax consulting work in the Birmingham Deloitte Office
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my placement, the work was challenging but once you got the hang of it was quite rewarding and also with the length of the placement you had time to make an impact and actually do work that wasn't just making tea or googling stuff for other people, my experience was slightly unique as i was the only intern when normally it would be 3/4
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt highly valued by the colleagues I worked with day to day, other analysts and people who were just going through the graduate scheme process themselves, once you got higher interactions were a lot quicker and less chatty/noticeable but then that is somewhat to be expected given the higher ups have more to do and expect more anyway
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I recieved excellent support throughout, there was a clear pathway and objectives to achieve during the placement and whenever i was low on work or unsure I was encouraged to just ping a message over and they'd find something that I could help with which made my days go really quick!
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
On a day to day basis I would be quite busy, never enough that I had to take work home with me and if anything on occasion there would be no work to do - however if you're proactive and email there's always an opportunity to get work from somewhere you just have to look for it from time to time.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a good level of responsibility i feel, there was never a point where i felt a massive amount of pressure or that i was being given a task that was above my pay grade, but the work was more than just helping other people do their jobs you really get a sense for what work is like as an analyst.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
It made a massive difference in showing what a good office culture is like and the focus and work ethic from 9-5 but then relax from then has been something I've taken over into my degree studies and it has done wonders for my mental and physical well being would defiantly recommend.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere is quite relaxed but very businesslike, attire is casual unless going to a client or other front facing meeting which helps the whole office feel more relaxed, people are nice and chatty but ultimately everyone's there to get their day of work done. During my time it wasn't the most stressful period of the year and i hear it can get quite formal and down to business then.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The placement could have been better organized, however my case was a bit of an outlier - because i was the only intern when there should have been 3/4 moving between departments didn't really happen and generally it felt like no-one quite knew what to do with me. But the resources for personal growth were excellent
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The firm did invest in my development, no actual training was required exactly i.e no exams or tests or anything like that to prep me for but they did what they could to make sure that I grew during my time and that i received the full experience, no monetary investment but they cared.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Above 25 days holiday
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Prospects are somewhat appealing, I didn't get a job offer out from it but was encouraged to apply to the grad schemes and jobs when they are posted, the interview and selection process is blind so they won't know you previously worked there making it basically a job interview but with a specialised internship in your pocket
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There was, lots of the first/second year graduates tend to band together and eat lunch ect, I don't know about fellow placement students as i was the only student who got an internship but i can imagine it is quite good - it helped that the world cup was on when i did my placement.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Cost of living wasn't too bad, the center of Birmingham is quite expensive but once you get out into the more studenty areas the prices go way down - it's never far from an Aldi and getting to work is easy by public transport or biking so there's no price issue there,
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Nightlife is very good, lots of clubs in Birmingham and quite cheap too! Nothing massive to write home about but it's not bad and also a lot of the Graduates in Deloitte go out so if its your thing there will definitely be a group looking to go from deloitte
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There weren't many, there seems to be plenty going on in Deloitte but its all fairly well established or decided on way in advance so it's quite hard to get into if your only there for six weeks. That being said there's a five a side team and stuff like that so it's not all bad