Part of an audit team, perform testing to see whether we think the financial statements produced by our clients represent a true and fair view of that company.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed the year, I could find interesting aspects of the work and found absolutely everyone at the company encouraging, welcoming and helpful, I loved being able to spend a month in the accounts production team which no other firm offers. I was given all the extra internal training courses that the graduates were given as well as specific placement guidance workshops. The only slight down side was sometimes having to work fairly long hours. However, being given TOIL to compensate was great and no other equivalent firm offers that.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was given a lot of responsibility once I had settled into work and trusted to get on with things although everyone was happy to answer all of my thousands of questions.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
During the year there was an interim appraisal in January, which helped me set new goals and work out which areas of audits I wanted to work on in the future. I went through some health issues and management were extremely sympathetic, flexible and helpful. I will have another meeting with my people managers to discuss my thoughts on the year prior to my annual appraisal. The placement workshops also a good way of asking for guidance and being able to provide feedback.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I didn't have much to do in my first couple of weeks, I was given a few odd jobs around the office and got to help with come fundraising. Since then I have had work all of the time.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I wouldn't say I was running the show but I was given a really good amount of responsibility over my sections I was auditing and representing the audit team communicating with clients
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I would certainly say it has given me skills for life - mostly analytical, communication and technical audit skills which the thorough training courses as well as on the job learning definitely gave me. It won't help a lot with my degree knowledge-wise because it is not related to accountancy but I think will help me work harder
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Everyone is really really friendly!! In audit everyone is out of the office a lot and at different times so sometimes the department would be quite empty and you could go months without seeing people.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Overall it was very well organised with a lot of training and opportunities for feedback both ways. The only slight issue I had is that the process for getting a grad job has not yet been clarified and wasn't by the time of the final placement workshop. That would have been extremely helpful.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The training is brilliant!!! One of the absolute best things about the firm, you certainly don't feel like they don't want to invest in you just because you are a placement student. The only investment not made was not going to college or completing any professional exams. Personally I thought this was ideal as it gave me a chance to really work out if I liked the job and put less pressure on the year.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
No job offer yet but 2 and a half months to go. Everyone appears to want placement students to stay with the firm though
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes quite often people will just go for a drink. There are office organised events quarterly and LCASS events. Often get invites to internal or external networking events. I'll be taking part in a netball tournament next week and there is a football team for both men and women if you aren't as lazy as me.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I lived in Hyde Park with students so that was fairly cheap. Socialising could get quite expensive compared to student nights, usually bar crawls around call lane or across from the office.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Soo many options in Leeds. Always had a great night.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes you can get involved in networking, sport, fundraising or if you wanted to suggest doing something it would definitely be considered. You can also go on the social committee if you want to get more involved.