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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
No job offer yet but 2 and a half months to go. Everyone appears to want placement students to stay with the firm though
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.
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.
Soo many options in Leeds. Always had a great night.
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.
Placement Year (10 Months+)
2nd June 2014