1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed my work placement at Grant Thornton very much. Everyone is very warm and friendly. We got taken out on a team lunch on the very first week! I was also given the opportunity to do work in other departments of my choice. Everyone's just generally flexible and supportive.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt very valued by my colleagues. It felt like my work was important to them and they invested a lot of time giving me feedback. The way they gave the feedback was particularly sensitive, considerate and constructive. Also, the time they would set aside to help me learn shows how valued I was.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Any support I required was generally speaking available. It looks like Grant Thornton have a good Diversity and Inclusion system in place, so if I would have had any issues with that or would have required support there would definitely have been someone to turn to. In terms of guidance, they won't handhold or spoonfeed but will support, and it's up the intern to make the most of their placement.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
There was absolutely no issue at all for me with the balance of the workload. They had online training modules to do during downtime and so there wasn't any time I was bored. If not doin those training modules there would always be something productive to do. I also could spend some of the quiet time looking at directors' calendars and asking them to go on meetings, which they were very happy to accommodate!
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a very decent amount of responsibility, particularly with the new Making Tax Digital initiative I had responsibility to follow up on the juniors to make sure nothing was being overlooked. I also did quiet a lot of client work and did a write up of a Queen's Counsel meeting.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Absolutely skills for life! The best way to learn what my chosen future career would be like and the necessary hard and soft skills for the role, is to get a chance to do it for real in an internship at a firm right at the top of mid-market tax advisory such as GT.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Everyone was very warm and friendly. There were also some team lunches and drinks whenever someone would leave. On dress-down Fridays the mood in the office would significantly relax and lighten, but that didn't come at the expense of professionalism. The atmosphere is also a very permissive one with no strict dress code.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
There was absolutely nothing wrong with its organisation. Although in my opinion, it is up for the intern to make the most of his or her time. There were certainly many facilities and preparations set in place, such as a two day national conference which was a great networking event.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There was good personal training and development with regular catch ups with people managers, buddies and pretty much anyone else who you think could assist you're learning and progression. People always willing to make time, have a chat, and give feedback, just be aware that they're busy and won't do it on demand lol.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Future employment prospects with Grant Thornton are very good. Very few people actually fail the internship. I think the official number is 13%. The internship is designed to give you a chance and so there is theoretically capacity to accept every single one of the interns, so there is no need to compete!
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yeah, they were nice people
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Well, it's London!
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
I personally prefer sleeping at night :)
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Of course there wer. There were dinks whenever someone would leave. GT often supports charity runs and events , most recently an event about gay pride I think. They have weekly yoga classes if you're interested in that sort of thing. They even have a social network with animals on it!