Work as a tax intern, where I was entrusted with a great deal of responsibility, which was rewarding.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
It was a unique opportunity for me to build a stronger understanding of a life in financial services. I did this effectively during these 6 weeks. I enjoyed every moment of this role, as I was provided with a great deal of responsibility, which enabled me to learn a great deal and build on my existing knowledge.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
They were very warm and welcoming right from the outset, which was extremely useful as initially I was slightly nervous. However, they broke the ice with me in a timely manner, which made the rest of my time there more comfortable. They were also very open to helping me when I was struggling with some work.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I received regular guidance, as they walked me through the day to day responsibilities I would have, and the expectations that they have of me, which was extremely useful. However, at time I was slightly uncertain with my tasks, but this is understandable as the management team is understandably very busy. Overall, they were very helpful.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Initially, I had very little work, which was slightly frustrating as I was eager to undertake some work. However, this quickly changed and I received a great deal of work that was extremely challenging, yet rewarding, which I enjoyed greatly. Also, whenever I was stuck, I was provided with a great deal of support, which I appreciated.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a lot of responsibility, as I was part of several projects, which was a unique and rewarding learning opportunity for me personally, which I found extremely useful. Moreover, I was part of an intern CSR team, where we had to design a csr project, where I undertook the responsibility of organising various meeting sessions.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
They will prove extremely valuable in later life, as I gained a stronger understanding of how a large financial firm operates, and it’s day to day activities. Also, I was became more experienced in working within a wider team that actively worked on client projects, which I enjoyed and gained valuable experience from.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere was very friendly, as we regularly worked in a fun and open environment. Where I got to interact with different people, who were always willing to provide help and assistance to me, when I required additional support. This made for a very positive and rewarding environment, that allowed me to develop new skills.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It was extremely well organised right from the very beginning, such as from the initial application process we completed, to the last days of the internship. We were regularly provided with the necessary information we needed to undertake the internship. We were also provided with a schedule, indicating any activities that were planned for interns.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
We were provided access to their internal training courses, that enabled me to learn a great deal and enhance several key skills I needed to succeed in this environment. Also, I was provided with a great deal of development opportunities, as I was given much responsibility that helped me grow my skills.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I was made aware of the various career progress pathways, that would enable me to increase my knowledge and develop within my role at a much faster pace. This was further emphasised by hearing about various success stories of past interns, developing a strong foundation in this firm, and the enjoyment they have got from their career.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes, this was an enjoyable aspect of the placement, as it made it easier to build a strong bond with my fellow students and colleagues. This is crucial as it can lead to a much more positive atmosphere to work in. Hence, this can be seen through the work we complete.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
It was fairly expensive, which meant the opportunity to socialise on a regular basis was slightly limited. However, this is understandable as the area we worked in was in central London, which is generally more expensive than other areas in the uk. Also, we were invited to many firm-wife social events, which were enjoyable.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
We did not really experience the area nightlife, given that it was central London and is very expensive. However, the events held after working hours with other people in the company were very fun and enjoyable. This is further emphasised by the fact that these were held on a regular basis.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes, most definitely. As previously mentioned the firm organised many events outside of work, during my time there. Some were with the whole office, and others were just with our team. Both of these were extremely enjoyable and fun, as it allowed me to build stronger bonds with the team I was working with.