Finance Intern at Tesco

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Duration
Internship (1-4 Months)
Region
Hertfordshire
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3.8/5

The Role
4.3
The Company
4
The Culture
2.9

The Role

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

I thoroughly enjoyed my internship at Tesco. It was great to get an insight of when into the financial backgrounds of Tesco. The internship team did a great job of making me and my fellow interns get most of the internship although it was virtual. The only reason why I haven't given this internship a 10/10 is simply because doing the internship virtually made it just a bit tougher to get a close-knit bond with my fellow interns but as I said, the internship team looking after us did an amazing job. I would easily do this internship again if they were in charge of it once again.
5 /5

2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

As an intern coming in, especially in finance, you wonder if your words will be taken for any value or if you'll be given remedial tasks that will play no part in aiding your development in your career. I can full-heartedly say Tesco 100% take into consideration your opinion and you are as much a valued member of the team as someone that has been there for years before you. I was able to do work that I felt was impactful. My colleagues have shown me what the ideal working environment should be like.
5 /5

3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

Once again, you wonder if management or your supervisors will be bothered by you asking many questions, or you are making mistakes that will take time out of their day to explain to you what to improve upon. However, at Tesco, the environment is so welcoming and supportive that the feedback that you get makes you understand where you've gone wrong without feeling like a failure. In the short period that I was an intern at Tesco I have been on such a steep learning curve that I feel prepared for the world of work.
5 /5

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

I had a project to deal with during the day, so it was a case of me being wise with my time and making sure that I was going to get it done in a set period of time. When I was done with the project I wasn't overloaded with unnecessary work that wouldn't help me to grow, instead I was given work that would be tailored to helping me get the most of my internship and as such I was able to enjoy my internship and learn a great deal at the same time.
3 /5

5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

I was given a reasonable amount of responsibility during my internship. I was responsible for some spreadsheets that I had to amend and update as well being given some research tasks for anyone that required it - specifically tailored to finance and my role of course-. I was then given the responsibility of doing a couple of presentations and making sure that certain pieces of data were accurate. All in all, I was given a degree of responsibility that I wasn't expecting to receive but that aided my growth even more and gave me a sense of what doing the role full time would feel like.
3 /5

6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

I spent every day using excel and because of this I have become extremely comfortable using excel to the point where I look forward to work assigned to me on excel. This will help me very much going into my final year of university. Additionally, having done some research-based tasks and having to present a couple of times will aid me in replicating the skills for my degree. It was great for me to be able to brush on these skills once again just before I head back to university
5 /5

The Company

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

I wasn’t in the office as a result of the Covid-19 virus. Instead everything was done virtually. Having done the internship virtually from the get-go, this was my norm as opposed to having to transition from the office to a virtual based working environment. I cannot emphasise enough how lovely and welcoming everyone at Tesco is. It’s for show, they are genuinely nice people who want to help you grow and achieve the goals that you set before you start your internship or during your internship. A truly great atmosphere, all things considered.
4 /5

8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

As I’ve mentioned, I enjoyed the overall working environment although it was done completely virtually. It was accommodated by the intern team being super creative in our morning meetings and check ins! They really made you forget at times that you are doing the internship virtually, and in addition to this the finance team I was with were so accommodating that it was literally the perfect working environment for me to get a complete scope of Tesco and be absorb everything that the internship had intended for me to achieve.
5 /5

9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

Prior to starting the internship, I had a call with a manager who had asked me what it was that I wanted to achieve during my internship and what I aspired to do in the long run. Based on my answers he put me in a team that was tailored to me gaining and sharpening the skills that I would to be able to use in my career going forward. In addition to this, I was given tasks that were worthwhile to my development as opposed to tasks that people just didn’t want to do. It was a great experience overall and I believe I have evolved a great deal from the start of the internship until the end.
5 /5

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Working from home
3 /5

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

I can't say for certain, but it seemed I had done a good enough job to point where they were happy with the impact that I made and would welcome me back.
4 /5

The Culture

12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

Doing it virtually made this very tough indeed, although the internship team did a great job in providing the support we required for us to get a good social experience among interns.
4 /5

13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

I was working virtually.
3 /5

14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

3 /5

15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

3 /5