4 week vacation programme. In the audit sector. Working in Banking.
Feels well integrated and provides a real insight into how the company works. The first day was good to settle in. Being separated from the other vacation students is difficult but ensures that you feel like you are not being treated differently. It is, however, difficult to be thrown in to a team, with little understanding of what the expectations are from you.
I feel welcomed into the team and that I could be of help but sometime feel like a hinderance as there was not set work for me to do but I did not want to constantly pester people to give me things to do. I feel valued when I complete set work but sometimes feel a bit lost.
The first 2 days felt very supported but from there I feel like there is little support from the training teams and not really any communication. Left me wondering what happens at the end of the programme etc. and difficult to plan in advance as every day I don't know what I'm doing
I think the skills received are valuable as I have a more contextual and real world understanding of how audit works. This can be transferred to essays I may need to write and understand why things are the way they are. It also helped me to realise why modules which have felt less relevant in my degree are actually very useful.
I think the vacation scheme could be structured a lot better. The first day and a half are organised and from there you are thrown into a team who are not expecting you and don't have to space or enough work for you to complete so you are left every day not knowing what is ahead of you, with no communication from organisers of the programme.
The atmosphere was good and I have met lots of great people. The company itself has a good atmosphere running through it and there are lots of social events which make you feel part of the team. It is good to meet lots of other interns in the first few days as well as you know there are people in the same position as you.
I don't feel that there was a huge amount of investment in my skills and knowledge and that I wasn't used to my potential. I felt that I was doing fairly low skilled jobs as no one has spare time to give me a small amount of training for more skilled engagements.
I think it has given a very clear insight into the normal day to day running of the firm and what it would be like to be in a full time role. This is good for helping me decide what I want to do in the future as I now have an understanding of this.
It was good to see the culture of my team, however there are so many other teams in the company who I have no come across and, therefore, find it hard to assess the culture of the company as a whole. There has not been much insight into other sections of the company
The content of the course has given me an insight into audit and left me with a lot of questions for myself to decide whether audit is for me. Without the experience I would not have known and would have had to throw myself straight into a role, with no understanding.
I was paid very fairly for the role which helps to make you feel more valued by the firm as they appreciate your time and look after you by also giving you a lunch allowance. It felt like you were treated the same as all the other full time employees in the firm.
There was some networking with other vacation students which was useful as it is good to meet people in the same position as you. There was some networking with other members of the firm, mainly my team, which helps to make you feel more accepted into the team. This felt good.
Initially, it seemed that there would be lots of networking opportunities, however, these were less than I expected. There were a few social events with my team and one at the end of the programme with all of the vacation students. Although, it was less than I expected, it felt like the right amount.
I found out about different groups that are available to join, volunteering days and gym memberships. I think it's good that employees are allowed a significant amount of volunteering time as it makes you feel empowered, helps other people and is good to get out of the office and do something different.
I would recommend this to some people but I'm not sure it is suited to a lot of people I know, mainly due to the lack or structure and organisation. It is a good experience but I think it takes a very confident person to do it as I don't feel it is hugely successful in building confidence.