I really enjoyed my time at the firm. From the get go, my buddies and team made it their mission to make me feel welcome with a welcome lunch, constant emails even before my internship had started and simply just checking on me throughout the entire duration. I got to handle real work with responsibility and was supported every step of the way.
I felt very valued by the firm. I was given real work and trusted to complete it to a high standard receiving constructive feedback and criticism with each task. They took their time out of their own work to make sure I always understood what I was doing, to ensure I was comfortable and answer any queries I had.
I received a lot of guidance throughout. My line manager scheduled meetings with me to check that everything was okay with my team and was always available for consultation. My buddy was in constant contact with me to check whether I was enjoying my time and whether there was anything else besides work I wanted to get involved with.
The skills I attained will develop help me after the completion of my studies. I was able to develop my IT skills through my work on excel as well as my public speaking and presentation through the various tasks I was assigned. Furthermore, working to deadlines allowed me to work on my ability to manage time and organise my work efficiently.
Structure wise I have a neutral stance. The internship was based around the closing stages of the audit process in both teams I worked with so any work I was involved with was mainly checking through the final figures for the client. I would rather have liked to have seen the main stages of the audit procedure. As such, structure wise, we we were just dropped off to our teams and got on with whatever work they could find for us.
The general atmosphere was great. Everyone around me extremely helpful and friendly and my team made me feel very welcome. Everyone I had met at the firm was more than willing to help me with whatever queries I had be that work related or simply technical questions such as how to use the IT or printing system. Everyone made me feel welcome.
Personal training wise, I have a neutral stance. We were given e-learning to do for our own development but that felt like the bulk of it. The e-learning was tedious and was very uninteresting. The rest of the development would come from the help my team would give me in understanding the work I was doing and why I was doing it.
Fortunately, I was given the opportunity to speak to various members of the firm given that I had worked with multiple teams. Speaking to them, I was able to learn about their own personal experiences with regards to the firm and what it is they enjoyed about working there as well as the sector.
The company culture came across very clearly in the way everyone presented themselves. Everyone was extremely professional and clearly very capable but this serious and professional demeanour did not take away from the fact that everyone at the firm was extremely friendly and available to help one another at a moments notice.
Being able to speak to the teams I was working with about the general audit procedure and their experiences transitioning through the firm, it solidified my decision as to whether I would like to continue working in this sector. Furthermore, being able to handle and deal with real work exposed me to the possible day to day and that was really insightful.
I was constantly receiving emails about the events that I could attend as well as sporting events happening within the department. On top of this, there were scheduled events specifically for students on internships and so there were constant opportunities to meet me with different members of the firm and network with them accordingly.
The social opportunities were great. They went all out to ensure that us students could make the most of it professionally as well as genuinely enjoy ourselves. Whilst meeting the students working in other departments, we also had the chance to meet up with and talk to members of the firm making the opportunities fun and educational.