I was working as a part of the audit team throughout the internship. I was involved in many areas of the audit including bank & cash, fixed assets, payroll & SOX. It involved communicating with my team and the clients' finance team to gather relevant information, sampling & testing it and writing a short report
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The people at the firm were friendly & supportive, plus I was being challenged and learning everyday which is what I enjoyed.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My colleagues were supportive and they recognised my work by rewarding me with greater responsibility. They were fun and easy going.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
All of the interns were given a residential training week at the start of the placement. This involved learning basic accounting methods plus it allowed us to meet the other interns. During the placement I was given a Buddy (an Associate) who I could go to for basic advice and support. I also had a Mentor (Senior Manager) to help provide further guidance to ensure I took away the most from my time at the firm.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
My working day was 9-5.30 with few exceptions. During the day I was challenged but the workload was by no means unmanageable.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
From the first day at the clients' site I was assigned an aspect of the audit to complete given that it was only a small audit. Guidance was given, of course, but it was great to have your own piece of work to do. Once I started to prove myself, I was given more challenging parts of the audit to complete.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Accountancy wasn't relevant to my degree directly, but I learnt to better manage my time and it encouraged me to get on with my work at uni. My communication skills certainly developed during my internship.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
It was generally a relatively relaxed atmosphere despite the workload
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship is very well organised ensuring you gain a good insight into the firm and the department
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The training week was fun and informative. During the rest of the internship, other members of the audit team were always willing and able to give their time to teach and provide guidance.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I was offered a full-time graduate role.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The training week was very sociable plus I spent time out of work with fellow interns.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
It was in the suburbs of London, so not cheap, but I lived at home anyway.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
It was in a large town, so nightlife was good.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
I received multiple emails during my internship asking if we wanted to get involved in sport activities and other social activities.