I found the Vacation Scheme really enjoyable. I was situated in a team where I was actually doing work that needed to be done rather than just given work to pass the time. I stayed late some days although this allowed me to really gain an insight into what it would be like working there. I found the work really satisfying and also spent time with my team outside the office on a social level which was nice.
My team gave me worthwhile work where I was really learning something. I was given feedback about both my attitude and personality and the work that I had completed throughout the scheme where I was praised for the work I had done and how quickly I had picked it up, from both the team members and other partners and directors.
With all the work that I was completing, I was given guidance as to how to complete it and I was also made to feel that I could ask the team any questions no matter how simple. I was provided with examples of the work to complete which also helped massively.
I am hoping to return to the firm in September 2020 to begin the Audit Graduate Program so in that sense, I will use all of the skills I learnt in the Vacation Program to a great extent. I have also come out of the scheme with a greater confidence in myself.
I feel I was lucky in the sense that I was with the team at the client site for the duration of the scheme so I felt like my experience was quite structured. However, in terms of the end of the scheme I feel like there was some misunderstanding as to who to meet when and I felt like there was no final briefing.
The atmosphere was great. From the first day with my team I was made to feel really welcome and everyone was really friendly. Even in the busier weeks the atmosphere stayed positive and we went out socially after work to 'celebrate'. It was so nice to feel part of a team and I felt really valued.
Before we went to client site we had to complete various online training programmes which every client facing employee has to complete before talking to the client and there were also other training programmes online to complete throughout the scheme. I also feel like the scheme in itself has developed all of my personal skills.
I was fully immersed in the work from the very first day of my internship. I was working to a client deadline along with the rest of the team which gave me a really good insight into what audit would really be like. In addition, I was also completing work that was needed for the deadline, not work given to me just to pass the time.
We were taught about the firm's values and how to uphold them on our first 'Values Day' of the vacation scheme and obviously I upheld these values throughout the scheme. The online training modules also reinforced these values and other things important to the firm's culture so I feel I have a good understanding.
Very valuable. As I have said previously, I was fully immersed in work from the very first day with my team so I feel I got a really good representation of what it's really like to work for the firm. I always wanted to continue with audit as my future career path but this internship has really reinforced that.
I was paid a competitive rate and also reimbursed for lunches and my travel to and from the client site from the office. This meant that as well as it being a great experience and insight into my future career, I was also paid for my time and my work.
My sector of audit had a boat party social which I was invited to, along with a couple of other interns. This was a great opportunity to network with other employees. I also attended the audit monthly social in which other interns and employees attended so I networked with lots of people then. Furthermore, my team often had employees higher up the firm which was a great opportunity to meet people.
They were a great opportunity to network with people and also relax and spend time with the friends made throughout the program after work which was really nice. The monthly social was also completely free which was a bonus. The boat party was really exciting as it was a once in a lifetime experience really.
The volunteering work was mentioned on our values day but other than that I didn't really hear about it much. This could have been because it didn't apply to us as we were only employees for four weeks so didn't have time to partake in any extra activities outside of work.