1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed my time on both projects whilst at Accenture. The three main points that make me so positive are: the variety of tasks that I was responsible for, the social events that were held and the teams that I was working in.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
All Accenture colleagues were very friendly and helpful (regardless of rank) if I needed help at work. But, on a personal level, I also made friends with a lot of the people I was working with as well.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Almost all managers were willing to designate some time to helping me on tasks if I was having difficulty. But for general day-to-day issue every intern is partnered with a 'buddy', who is a recently graduated analyst and helped me with most of my issues.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Most days were filled but not too busy, although there were peaks and troughs. There were a few additional hours worked some nights, no later than 8pm (but that was expected with the job). However, for a couple weeks at one point I wasn't that challenged, in terms of my work load.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
During my time at Accenture I was fully integrated from day one in both of my projects. I was responsilble for actual deliverables and assignments on the projects. Alongside this some slighty less exciting ad hoc task had to be completed.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I have learnt so much from this job, from organisational skills and technical IT skills to presenting to senior clientele. Also, by living in London, I was fully immersed in this job and lifestyle!
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office I was working in was generally a pleasant place to work. Everybody was motivated about their work and also up for a laugh as well, not to mention the picturesque views of the Thames and Big Ben!
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Overall, it was extremely well organised. The designated HR representatives took care of us before we joined the compnay and the training was also insightful and fun. The only quarm I had the time period they left me to organise accommodation in London - that was rather stressful!
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The first week was solely dedicated to training in IT and general work life at Accenture. There were also team building days that were thoroughly enjoyable. The 'buddy' system as mentioned before also helped me out a lot.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
Healthcare from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I would definitely consider returning to Accenture after university from my 8 months experience here and I would be able to bypass any interviews if I did.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Most definetly, there were events created especially for us and I did make good friends. Due to the nature of 'project work' I only saw a few of the other interns on a daily basis, but I mainly made friends with the graduate workers that were in my team.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I was on 2 projects at my time at Accenture, one in London and the other in Preston. Despite not being as glamorous, everything was paid for on the 'out of town' project, from first class trains, hotel and measl then subsequently an apartment. There was also an allowance for trains and flights fornightly and the option to work from the capital on fridays. In London, living and socialising was expensive but the salary easily covered it and I was also able to save some money! There were still social events in London, which were paid for.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
All the clubs, bars and restaurants one could want were in London. Preston was not as vibrant, but it had everything one needed for a weeknight and everybody in the team was in the same position so the most was made of it.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
I played 5 a side football every week at a sports hall in the basement of the offices on one of my projects. There were lots of opportunities to get involved in other groups as well, sports teams, sailing, wine tatsing etc.