1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
It was really enjoyable work, with a lot of variety, challenges and fun. I had an amazingly supportive, enthusiastic and engaging team, which was always there for me when I needed them. There was so much to learn, and I enjoyed every minute of it. Wish it could go on for longer!
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Transfer Pricing team are as friendly and fun as it gets. From the school leaver and associates, through to the managers, directors and partners, all clearly made an effort to make me feel as welcome as possible. Whether it be taking an interest, setting up lunches, or buying me a pint after work, I truly felt valued.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Although some times managers and buddies were busy, they always made time for me, and the numerous questions that I had. They often encouraged such questions in spite of how busy there were. If they were not busy in their job, I would be worried! They could not have been much better.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was always given work with a range of tasks and responsibilities. Some work was more interesting than others, ranging from writing contracts and sitting in on meetings, to amending excel spreadsheets and formatting word documents. There was always work when I wanted it, but I never felt too swamped.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I felt like my input was always valued when I gave it, and that this was appreciated by my team, from the associates to senior members. But as is the nature in Financial Services, you aren't going to be running the show after 6 weeks, I was not disappointed by this.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I feel like I have learnt so much here, and know that it will come in handy, wherever I go. Whether it be the IT skills of word, excel, or using more complicated software, or just the social skills of working in a professional environment, I know they will be more than useful.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere in the office was excellent. Although there were hectic moments and busy periods, the whole team kept each other motivated with support and a positive attitude. This was a top down approach, from the Partners down to the Interns, and I am very happy to have been a part of this.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
In general, the internship was set up very well, especially at the start with the National Intern Conference, the networking events and introduction to the firm. There were times when it felt as though details had not been communicated to our managers, which caused a little uncertainty, but this is expected in a big firm.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I feel as though Grant Thornton invested a great deal in me and my personal development. From the National Conference and the early social events, to the online training and constant support, to the 2 day stay at Bradenham Manor, which focused on our networking and presentational skills, all was useful.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
My final presentation is in the next couple of days, and I look forward to being able to present back to Grant Thornton about where I have come from, the work I have done, and what I have learnt while here. I really hope to be able to come back as a Graduate next year!
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Amazing social scene, lots to do, very exciting for a non Londoner.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
As stated previously, the social scene was brilliant, but the cost was high.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Excellent night life, lots of bars and pubs, did not venture to any clubs though (outside of the office summer party), joys of being back at 9-6!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were many social opportunities, unfortunately my internship finishes the day of the football tournament!