1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
It was very interesting and insightful into the world of audit. I enjoyed the work and the environment. It helped that everyone was very welcoming and warm as it helped me to feel at ease immediately. The work could be challenging but it was very rewarding too and everyone was open to answering questions.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Everyone has been very warm and friendly. Most are happy to help and teach me how to do the work set. People are interested in getting to know you and many come and sit at lunch with you to get to know you. The socials are a great place to get to know everyone.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
When put on a job the in-charge would make sure you had something to do where ever possible and would make sure you weren't struggling with anything. When not booked on anything we had to ask around the office if there was anything we could help with. The meetings with my people manager were helpful.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Sometimes there would be lots of work whereas other times occasionally there would be less people in the office and nobody would have anything for you to do. When this would happen we would read more about the next job you are on, more about GT or do some online learning. There was always something to do.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Enough responsibility to feel very valued but not so much that it was overwhelming. The work given to me wasn't the typical view of an internship - photocopying and making coffee. It was actual work that needed to be completed for the audit. I was given the opportunity to talk to clients, sometimes on a one-to-one basis, which helped to take ownership.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
It has taught me how to manage my time better, which will be especially useful going into my final year of university. I have learnt many valuable lessons about businesses and this industry and it has made me realise that this is definitely what I would like to do as a career.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
It was a very warm and friendly office with everyone having their head down working hard. It was occasionally quiet as everyone was very busy working on their own things. People were very nice always asking if anyone else wanted a drink or needed anything. Lunch times were lovely with everyone chilling together in the canteen, getting to know each other better.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
We were booked on jobs for the majority of the internship and when on a job we would be given specific work to do and occasionally be on-site. However, when in the office and not on a job we would have to ask around if anyone had any work we could help with.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
We had a two day conference in London where the firm paid for our travel and accommodation. This was only our second day. In our second week we went to Bradenham, GT's training centre, for a two day course where we learnt about ethics and presenting. We also had many e-learning courses to complete and had many people teaching us how to do certain workbooks etc.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I would be very interested in continuing my development with the firm and am hoping to receive a grad offer. They have invested so much time into us it would be a shame to not offer anyone a place and that's why around 80% of interns and placement students get an offer.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I was fortunate enough for my 6 weeks to fall over the annual summer party of the office where we got to go to the races and then into town to go out. It was so much fun and everything was very well organised. It was lovely getting to know everyone better outside of the work environment.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I was fortunate enough to get an internship offer local to where I live with my parents so I didn't have to worry about the cost of living. As I was at home I had lots of friends who were also working local so was able to spend time with them
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There is not great nightlife in my local town, however, the few clubs there are were packed and you would always bump into someone you knew. It is a lovely place to day drink but not to go out in the evening. However, it is close to London which is a better night out.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
During my time here there has been many sports socials, such as football, there was office drinks and there was a summer social. Also when on an away job you got to socialise with people outside of work and go for food with them. At Bradenham there is a bar which gave us the opportunity to get to spend the evening with and get to know the other interns better.