1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed working with the rest of the staff and the client finance teams. I felt that my work was valued and that we were given significant responsbility from a very early stage.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
We were given significant responsibility for work that was valuable to the rest of the team. Working in small teams meant that you were able to get to know people well and I felt that they were
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
All of the managers and senior staff gave advice and instructions about the technical side of the job and more generally about careers. The team hierarchy meant that it was obvious who you should ask for help. A couple of managers made a particular effort to teach me and the rest of the team about the higher-level elements of the audit.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I worked on client site for all but two days of the four working weeks. On site there was almost always a variety of work to do, altohugh some days were slower when we were waiting for information from the client. Days in the office were less busy and often involved proofreading accounts.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
From day one we were given responsibility for sections of the execution of the audit. However, we had limited responsibility and access to the planning of the audit.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The training provides a very strong basis for a career in audit. However, these hard skills will be less applicable to my degree.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
On client site the team worked hard and usually worked over lunch.However, people were always chatting and the work seemed fun. In the office, the mood was more relaxed.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The structure (week training, four weeks' work, week debrief) was good. There was always work and the system of booking to audit jobs meant that you knew in advance where you were going to work.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The supplied a week of training and were genuinely interested in helping us understand the work we were performing.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The company say they offer graduate places to 95% of interns.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The company arranged social events every night during the training and debrief weeks and this meant we got to know each other well.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I commuted in to work so get much chance to find out about the cost of living.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Again, because I commuted in it was difficult to go out during the week and I was really around over the weekends.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were often office-arranged social events included a football tournament in Southampton.