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  • The Role
  • The Company
  • The Culture

Role Description

Reporting expense to management to ensure all expenses booked by employees have been pre-approved. Ensure all charges are allocated to the correct departments ensure all monthly accounting is done by a certain day. Collect figures to compare forecast to actual and present them at a monthly meeting.

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • I enjopy the job very much so, it is such a good working environment and a job role that is suited to my talents


  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • They did not treat me like the 'student' i was part of the team the same as anyone else. Its a great experience.


  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • The manager assured me that anything i wanted to do throughout the year to make the experience better for me then he would make it happen. Very supportive.


  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • This is hard as the end of the month is extremely busy with all accounting activity however mid month things are a bit quieter, however i would never say that i was bored as i just asked for work and got on with it.


  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • After my period of training i was left to it, if i had to ask anyone any questions they were more than happy to help. I was treated like any other employee and was able to get on with my job.


  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • Very much so as i will be taking finance further into my final year and having had first hand practical experience to go along with the theory will help a lot. Also my communication skills are improved with presentations and things that i will be giving.


    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • It was not at all what i expected, the atmosphere was fun and friendly. It was such a good working environment everyone got along and just had a good time while they were working.


  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • Very well organised, i think as a result of doing the scheme for so long they know exactly how it should work what kind of training/induction sessions you need. Also the fact they give you a persopnal manager as well as a task manager gives you a lot of support and help.


  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • There is so much learning you can do within the company, it is all on an online database and you can do a course in pretty much anything, the opportunities are endless.


  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Flexi Time

    Subsidised/Company Gym

    Financial Bonus

    Company Parties/Events

    Working from home


  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • Very appealing, only drawback is the graduate scheme tends to be all South of the border.


    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • Yes, we are quite different however mixed well.


  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • I still live at home with my parents. The train fare was quite expensive however got an IBM discount. Also the socialising wasn't too expensive, we just had good fun and a lot of work events where on the company.


  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • No nightlife where the actual site is however a short train ride takes you into Glasgow city centre where it is FAB!


  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • There is a thing called giveback, where you put back into the community things like going to schools and university fairs and all sorts of opportunities like that so it is really good.


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Placement Year (10 Months+)

19th August 2009

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