1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed the internship, and got a real insight into the world of Audit. I had the opportunity to perform different tasks in both an office setting and away on client sites. This gave me the opportunity to shadow more senior members of staff as well as integrate into the team.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was made to feel part of the team very quickly and was treated as one of them. I was set work to do by various members of the team which often involved some important tasks and several allowed me to shadow what they were doing. This enabled me to get an insight into the sort of work I would be doing as an Associate within the firm.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was given lots of support throughout the internship. The support I received came from not just my team, but from people in all the different service lines. I felt very comfortable asking anyone and everyone questions, both about the work I was doing and the culture at Grant Thornton.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I performed a wide variety of tasks throughout the internship, from more administrative tasks to more complex audit procedures. The team were good at setting me work to do over the six weeks, however there was just the occasional time when me and my fellow interns were slightly stuck for tasks to do.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given the chance to perform various tasks, most of which were all important for the Audit Process. I was also given the opportunity to meet with a couple of clients. having not come from an accountancy background, I feel I was given the right level of responsibility during the internship.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I have grown both professionally and personally. I have learned how to integrate quickly into a team of people - something I will have to do at University and in my future job. Also, learning how to approach dealing with clients and key skills such as using Excel and other software will be extremely useful for the future.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
There was a great atmosphere in the office. Everyone was so welcoming and always happy to chat and answer questions. Social and charity were often organised which brought people from different departments together. The positive ethos was really noticeable and made the culture of Grant Thornton really appeal to me.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I began the internship with a week away in London for training and a national induction which was a great way to begin as I got to know my fellow interns as well as those in other UK offices. Goals were also set at the start and monitored throughout, before finishing the internship with a presentation and closing meeting. I thought there was a good structure to the internship, as well as the application process and support I received before I started.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
A lot was invested in the interns. As mentioned before, we were given training at Bradenham Manor which involved Networking, Ethics, Presentation Skills etc. This was very useful and I learned more about GT as a company as well as growing as a person. The firm also sent me away on client sites, to be able to experience what a true Audit is like.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The employment prospects within Grant Thornton sound appealing. I would be able to complete my CA training and exams across three years, whilst gaining experience of working within Audit. After this, progression into other areas is easily possible.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes, myself and the other interns met on a social basis regularly and this was great to get to know them outside the office. End of month drinks also enabled me to speak with other colleagues throughout the office and speak to people from different departments on a more social level.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I commuted through so had to pay train fares everyday, however it was an easy commute. I did thoroughly enjoy working in Glasgow as it is a very social and vibrant city with lots to do.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Nightlife in Glasgow is great- with lots of restaurants, bars and clubs all around the city centre. There are several universities in Glasgow so there is lots to do for young people throughout the city.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were several social and charity events run by people in the office that I got involved with. They also held a football tournament in Manchester that some interns got involved with.