audit summer vacation student
I enjoyed working for the company and gaining an insight into every day life of people at the firm. I was exposed to clients immediately and so improved my commercial awareness skills and professional skills from day one. I was also able to speak to graduates to find out more about grad schemes offered.
I was always given work to do and also given feedback on my work produced. the work was actually used by permanent members of staff in their daily tasks so it felt like the work i was doing actually mattered. everyone was very welcoming and friendly and genuinely appeared pleased we were there.
We were assigned a point of contact in the office when we arrived. and then for each engagement we were working on we were given someone in that team to speak to and report back to if we had any issues or problems. Others in the team were also available to speak to.
Some of the work I did has been directly applicable to some of my final year module studies. It has also helped more generally with time management and organisation but didn't necessarily improve my analytical or technical abilities, mainly due to the fact the vacation scheme was not particularly long.
I was always assigned a client to be working for or had stuff to be doing in the office. In the 3 weeks i worked on 3 different client engagements. the feedback and assessment structure was also made clear and review meetings were structured periodically throughout the vacation scheme period.
All current employees were very welcoming, a lot of the work was done in teams. Everyone gets on very well and makes it a much more fun atmosphere to work in. swapping between teams in the 3 weeks also allowed you to adapt to new people and be exposed to people with a range of backgrounds.
I think in terms of training and development we did not have enough time to develop anything to a great extent. however the companies interest in you was quite clear. there was constant feedback working both ways, reviews and final interviews showed the company was interested in finding out if you were right for them and vice versa.
It gave a very clear insight into the role within the firm, especially what the graduate scheme would be like as the work we were doing was the same as people on the graduate scheme. it also gave an insight into company culture and social life as we were invited to certain events.
You could see for yourself how the company operated and how people acted at work. working with a variety of different people throughout the vacation scheme also allowed you to get a variety of different people's (who held different positions) opinions on the firm and the culture and what they like/dislike about the company.
It definitely showed what you would be doing on the job for the first few years after graduation. It helped me decide my career path even though i have decided to not work in the service line i interned in. but i was also given the opportunity to speak to people from different areas.
Very generous pay, and all expenses that came about due to work were reimbursed. I was paid for travel and expenses for training days in london and was reimbursed petrol money when i had to go to a clients out of office. normal travel to the office is not reimbursed.
constantly working in groups so you had plenty of opportunity to talk to employees about the firm and ask any questions you had. there were also organised social events will other interns and older employees which was a way to network in a more relaxed environment. there were not many opportunities to network with senior staff.
there were a couple of social events in the short period we were there with other interns and a few management. there were no formal networking events and time with senior staff was much more limited. if we were there for a longer period of time this may have been easier to do.
In my time there i wasn't told about many extra curricular activities just that there was a ball each year that was all paid for. I knew the interns and graduates organised a lot of social events themselves, but i am not aware if they have sports team etc for staff to join
yes i would. i learnt a lot about what i do and do not want from an employer, what kind of work environment i like and don't like and also what i want from my day to day. it also let me see what size company i would like to work for