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  • The Role
  • The Company
  • The Culture

Role Description

- Market analysis using internet research and specific consulting business tools - Constructing, filling and manipulating spreadsheets - Creating, editing and formatting Powerpoint decks - Attending meetings, including sometimes taking minutes - Basic analysis of data e.g. trends and forecasts

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • Great bunch of people (both other interns and people working for the company), learnt lots about the firm, made some great contacts, all for a competitive salary


  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • Everyone was very friendly and happy to trust me with work. Only problems came with more technical pieces where, lacking specific skills, I was unable to contribute considerably.


  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • Apart from one piece of work, my managers were excellent at making sure I understood my tasks, objectives and timeframes and offering plentiful support even in response to the most basic questions


  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • Work was slow during periods of the placement, but this is understandable given a) our lack of job-specific training and b) the nature of the work itself


  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • Entrusted with numerous tasks, although they always had to be sent back for checking rather than, for example, going straight into the powerpoint deck or being sent to a client, which is completely understandable


  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • Had considered myself reasonably good at Powerpoint and Excel before I cam, but learnt much more about additional ways to use these tools


    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • Atmosphere was variable - when at client site there was a great team atmosphere while in the office, due to noone having permanent desks, there was much less conversation and people tended to work with their iPods in.


  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • Training week was excellent, really well thought-out. Buddy and Champion were also first-class in keeping in contact, checking we were happy etc. Only one social event organised by the firm (although we organised our own every other week). Main problem was failing to check in advance that the teams we were placed with would have sufficient work for us.


  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • Paid us a competitive salary, gave us an excellent training week, allowed us to participate as fully as we could, and fast-tracked us through the application process for a graduate position (only needing one final interview)


  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Subsidised Canteen

    Subsidised/Company Gym

    Company Parties/Events

  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • If I was to work for one of the Big Four in consulting, it would only be for Deloitte.


    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • Very active, the majority of interns kept in touch and met for lunches, dinners, drinks, coffees etc.


  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • London is a very expensive place to travel and socialise in. Paid £375 total for my train fares in each day plus an additional £5 per day (at least) for travel to client sites. Food and drink for lunch and after work also very expensive - normally at least £5 for lunch


  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • It's London!


  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • Invited to two events, although more did occur in other departments


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Internship (1-4 Months)

31st July 2009

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