Travelling to various client sites and helping with the auditing of their financial accounts, in the role of an assistant associate. A large amount of the work was independent.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Although the work was at times dull I saw a wide range of clients in different sectors, so there was constant variation.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was expected to perform the same work that a graduate employee would be doing, so felt very valued. Working in small teams meant I got to know the people on each project well.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Excellent mentoring scheme and "buddy" schemes - this meant that I made the most out of my placement and got experience of everything I wanted to.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Although usually busy there were a couple of days, especially toward the beginning of the placement, where i was completely unoccupied. The rest of the time was a good balance.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was completely responsible for large parts of the audit, although help was always at hand if I needed it.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Encouraged a professional and responsible attitude towards work. Although the training I received will not be relevant to my degree (languages), I learnt some important skills such as organisation of work.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Most of my work was out of the office, so atmosphere varied from client to client. The office was quiet, but there were almost weekly socials of one sort or another organised.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I was very impressed with the entire process. Application process was seamless, with excellent feedback delivered almost immediately, and most of my weeks on the internship were very well organised - just a few days of inactivity in my first week in the office.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I was offered every opportunity to develop that the company had available! I was also offered a permanent position at the end of my placement, so this training and development will continue after graduation.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I was offered a permanent position on their graduate scheme, and have accepted. I'm looking forward to starting!
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I was in a fairly small office (Cambridge) and there were only 2 other interns, but excellent social scene none the less! The week of training at the beginning of the placement is an excellent opportunity to meet other interns in other offices.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Although not quite London prices, Cambridge is unfortunately not far off!
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Some good nightclubs considering the size of Cambridge, but don't expect too much...
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Outside of socials I wasn't aware of many opportunities, but I think this was in part due to bad timing - normally there are opportunitues for charity work, sports etc.