1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I love my internship so far. I am currently in the tax department, and I have learnt so much in such a short space of time. During the first week we went to a London conference and a training centre where we got to immerse ourselves into the culture and bond with other interns from offices across the UK.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was assigned a buddy which helped a lot, especially at the beginning when you have more than a few questions. Everyone has been so welcoming and have treated me a part of the team since day one. They trusted me with client work, and gave me responsibility early on to prove myself.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
A huge amount of support and guidance was given by managers, execs and associates, even partners. I had the chance to converse with people of all levels, which led to a lot of advice from various perspectives. I was given goals to achieve and support on how to achieve them.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Quite busy every day, always had something to do.
Combining training and client work was more than fine especially with the support given. If there ever was a time of not working on client comps, there would be tasks set out that interns would compete and report back when finished.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
A lot of responsibility regarding tax comps, everything would be reviewed by someone else to make sure there are no errors and it is as accurate as it can be. I was given constructive criticism regarding my work so I was able to improve as I go along which was helpful.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I was given a lot of resources, especially in regards to corporation tax, which is a module I will be examined on next year at university. In addition to this, we were set case study tasks to complete to put into perspective what the tax comps were all about, making me develop a deeper understanding of tax.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
There was a good balance. When people have work to do they get it done, but there is a friendly light hearted atmosphere all round, making everyone feel at ease. The office is really nice and modern, with lots of features most other offices do not have, it made me really appreciate it.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Everything was organised from day 1, from the sorted train tickets, to conferences to work given, everything was well thought out. I knew exactly what I will be doing, and what activities I will take part in. There are regular weekly meetings within the team, to distribute work load appropriately to help the group progress quicker.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Spent a whole week in training and conferences in London which was all paid for. Associates spent a lot of their time training us on software and terminology to get caught up to speed. But most of these things will be consolidated the more work you get given and as time goes by.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very appealing, good reputation, with a great culture that I would love to be part of in the future.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
All the interns from both audit and tax got along really well, especially coming back from the residential training where we had a chance to properly socialise. We met interns and placement students from across the UK and because there was a bigger group of us, it was a lot more fun.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Quite affordable, I lived at home, so there was no costs of living. They do have snacks in the kitchen to help yourself to and a tuc shop which was nice, and all the food shops you could want outside the office. You do not have to spend a lot, you could just bring lunch if you wanted to save money.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
All the bars and clubs you could want as it is in the centre of Birmingham
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There was a summer party, after work drinks and I know there were more activities planned further on in the year. Lots of opportunities to get involved and get to know more people around the office, in other departments. Good social vibe, everyone is friendly and is open to new interns.