1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Really enjoyed my first insight into auditing, met some really nice people and learnt a lot. The Uxbridge office is really nice. I like the chance to travel to different clients and be exposed to audit from all different angles. Some aspects of the internship were more enjoyable than others, for example the induction training was less enjoyable than the actual job.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
In some engagements I felt more valued than others, however all colleagues were supportive of my level of prior knowledge. I felt everyone understood what I was and wasn't capable of and respected that. I felt maybe my time could've been utilised better on my first engagement as I was just copying out contracts and didn't learn a lot.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Everyone on my engagements were so helpful and approachable, never felt like I couldn't ask a question. Some team members were especially helpful in demonstrating tasks and even teaching me things about accounting which I didn't know. My career coach was slightly less helpful I feel he could've interacted with me more.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
In some engagements more than others. Depending on waiting for client documents and waiting for other areas to be signed off before more could be started. Also dependant on the size of the team, one of my teams had only 2 people on so I spent longer waiting for instruction as you can appreciate the other person had a lot to do.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
For the EGA's I was given I was fully responsible for them and their content. Some engagements I was given more challenging EGA's with more responsibility. On my first engagement the tasks I was given to do were slightly easier and I had less responsibility however understandable on my first job.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
If I choose to continue in audit then the skills I've learnt will massively help me. In regards to finishing my degree audit is not massively transferable to chemistry, but the analytical mindset and excel skills will be applied. In general the communication and interpersonal skills will be applied throughout the rest of my working life.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere in the office was quite quiet obviously as everyone was working. The facilities are very good though and the office is clean and modern. The IT help desk staff are very friendly and the toilets and drinking area very clean. The atmosphere was a lot more relaxed and friendly than what I was expecting from the Big Four!
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Overall the internship is organised. However I was an intern that had to finish a few days early and I was not instructed very well on what I had to do. I made people well aware of my early departure weeks in advance and was just told to contact HC about the exit process. When I decided asked my buddy finally she directed me to recruitment which were extremely helpful in regards, but prior to this I was stressed about when I should return my equipment, should I be booked on a client etc.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company gave me much responsibility which I feel has massively developed my audit knowledge and excel skills. The pre-induction training material really helped me to understand the basics of accounting as my prior knowledge was very little. Being able to do 3 engagements over the course of the
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The future employment prospects are really appealing. The job provides alongside ACA training, which is really desirable. I feel the job is one of the best in regards to gaining not only experience but intercommunication skills. Meeting so many new people and having to travel to clients is something which appeals to me. Also getting the chance to work within new teams gives diversity to the role and allows you to have so many different experiences.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
All my interns maintained contact throughout the internship and socialised during the office. However as a lot of the work is client based around SE then you don't actually see everyone that much.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There was an intern networking event with a few other local companies,