Assisting in a wide variety of roles. Specific to my role, this included testing and analysis, drawing conclusions for an improvement in a government computer system.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Absolutely fantastic internship. The quality of the people, the experience, the support, and even the work is diverse and challenging. Can only ever be a good thing!
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
The core team I worked with took me on board, ending up going together on meals, personal training, 5-a-side football and even cooking at each others apartments.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
For the ethos of Accenture this was extremely good. Unlike many other internships, this requires you to guide yourself a lot. Although somewhat cliché, the more you put in is definitely what you get out. I always felt supported if I needed help but you are encouraged to develop your own work independently.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
As with most aspects of work, there are some days when there is less on-hand. However I never felt as though I was overwhelmed, but always had enough to do to keep me on my toes!
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I ended up undertaking some essential parts of testing. This is mainly due to vacation taken by other colleagues, meaning that you get to take over important parts of work to meet the deadlines.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I believe that the ability to work independently, organisational skills, team work and the massively improved use of office applications (although not quite coding) will be essential transferable skills for the future.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
As I was on a client site, I assume that there are many varying office spaces that you could be at in Accenture. However my office was amazing. Totally loved it, relaxed, approachable, and good banter to say the least!
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Unfortunately I think this was a let-down. If you live outside of London the accomodation situation is dubious. I was eventually based outside of London so had no need for it. It would have been better if they had given us advance warning of the placement. Yet, I don't think this was a big thing, as you must be flexible at Accenture - so I would do it all again.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
They really did do everything they could. Meals out, a week long induction (to an 8-week internship - very good indeed). They give us buddy's and all sorts - couldn't have been better.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I am still waiting to see if I have a job offer, but the signals sound extremely good.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
As I was outside of London and did not return there at weekends often it meant I only saw other interns when there was an event. So I did feel distant from others just due to the distance between projects. However between colleagues the atmosphere was fantastic and I would give a 10 if it was based purely on this.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Based in the north, the expense was very low. Yet if you're in London, it's going to become expensive.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Liverpool/London nights out are amazing. Just try them out if you haven't before.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Many colleagues organise things between themselves, so I went to personal-training, 5-a-side football. However it does depend on where you are.