Summer intern in assurance. Got to spend time working and shadowing auditors at a variety of clients, gaining a useful and well-rounded insight into life as an EY auditor.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed the internship as by getting to work on a variety of clients with team members that were helpful and always understanding, I was given a useful insight into what it would be like to work for such a highly esteemed firm. Would recommend for any second year uni-students, as work you do on the programme doesn't just help you start to develop specific skills for that job, but also helps with character development, which will be useful in any industry.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt highly valued by colleagues, particularly due to the fact that I was often trusted to complete tasks that would help contribute to the team's overall performance. With this came a feeling of responsibility, as I felt I had the confidence of my seniors to produce useful pieces of work.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was given regular and constructive support by my seniors and counsellors. This included regular meet-ups to discuss my progress and to solve any queries I had. As well as this, even when they were not accessible in person I always felt well supported, as was routinely contacted through email or skype to see how I was getting on.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was kept very busy, as staff, working directly with me or not, always reached out to ensure I had enough to do, which gave me confidence as I had their trust to complete various tasks. As well as this, on the odd occasion where I didn't have much to do, upon asking one of my team members, it was never more than a couple of minutes before they'd come up with something for me to get on with.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Given that the actual technical audit work requires a specific skillset which you acquire through college, there was a limit to the level of tasks I could attempt in terms of difficulty and importance. However, with my beginner-level audit understanding in mind, I was extremely pleased at the amount of responsibility I was given, as my seniors still trusted me to complete tasks that at first my have seemed too difficult.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The whole work environment taught me a lot in terms of the demands necessary to work for a successful firm. As well as this, I was able to develop valuable skills over the programme. These ranged from improving my organisational skills, to enhancing my confidence in social situations, as I integrated with a diverse range of characters.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Difficult to assess, as the work mainly took place out at client sites, rather than at the EY office. But there was always a warm atmosphere among the groups I worked with, which made it easier to embed myself in the teams. I think this was crucial in enabling me to then focus on the tasks at hand.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I think the internship was very well set-up, as we got to experience work at a good mix of client sites, but also engaged in team-builiding activities, events for charity and even our own projects in the spare time. This variety gave the internship a well-rounded feel and I felt I was given a platform to accomplished lots of different tasks.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company invested extremely heavily in terms of ensuring we were the right fit for them and that they were the right fit for us, as the application process consisted of lots of challenging stages. Then, on the internship, staff and seniors invested their time in, as they gave us invaluable insights and advice for potential future employment with the firm. But, given that you have to attend college to develop the technical skills needed to work for the firm, they could only teach us so much at this early stage.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Future employment prospects are very appealing as I enjoyed the tasks and the day to day routine of working with the firm, while all members of staff were very welcoming and made us feel sure that we'd be valued if we were to return as future employees. It would be a brilliant opportunity.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes, the structure of the programme gave us a nice balance where the interns were able to come together from our various clients every now and then, which gave us a great opportunity to catch-up and learn about each-others experiences. Spending the last few days of the programme together back at the office also allowed us to reflect joyfully on our six weeks within the organisation.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I don't think this is applicable as, firstly, we were working at a variety of client sites, so were never really in one area for too long. As well as this, I was staying with my grandparents for the duration of the internship, who live about an hour's drive from EY Cambridge where the internship was based from.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
I don't think this is applicable as we were working at a variety of client sites, so were never really in one area for too long. As well as this, I was staying with my grandparents for the duration of the internship, who live about an hour's drive from EY Cambridge where the internship was based from.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes, there were opportunities that included socials and charity events, which I enjoyed as they helped with team bonding and building relationships with staff and the other interns. The charity events included a day working with the Trees for Cities organisation in London, which was fun and also allowed us to contribute to a good cause at the same time.