Inputing tax data on to alphatax (tax software) on site with the client and in the office, writing letters, observing others such as sitting in on conference calls, and researching possible future clients.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Great experience and a lot learnt, others in the office cartainly made it enjoyable.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Very welcoming, easy to get along with, and were even patient when i asked another obvious question.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Responsibility was delegated to the buddies who really guided us day to day which worked, the managers did however take the time to have chat to make sure it was all going well
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
really busy in the first 4 and a bit weeks; obviously being the summer though people were going on holiday. Had a project to get along with as well so i never just sat there, and everyone went out there way to find me work (even if at times it meant creating more work for them)
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given enough responsibilty that it felt as though i was making a contribution, but clearly having no previous training or experience there's only so much I could take on. So all my work was reviewed, but I was left to get on with it if I felt able to .
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Great experience of the corporate enviroment, understanding 'how things are done'. At the start unlike audit we had our training on the job in our offices, worked well given the type of work we were doing. Given talks on things such as presentations and so on.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The people were friendly, no matter how senior, creating a team atmosphere, even got taken out for afew lunches which was great! Though not being the busiest town there wasn't drinks after work, more so what happens in London I've heard
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Everything ran smoothly, good considering we were the first tax interns in the office! There was a clear plan of what was to be done, who would help, and weverone was open to giving us work. Had an appraisal at the end with my manager, and a partner meeting/interview; useful to give you an insight in how others thought you performed, and some time with the person at the top to gain valuable insight.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There was access to development hub (basically on line tutorials and learning), this stressed continual development which was good. The first couple of days were spent in london learning general skills, the rest was learnt on the job.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Hope to work for them in the future, official offers come out next week.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Got along well with each other, always had lunch together which was nice. The office being in not the biggest town didn't help with things like just going for a uick drink after work.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Obviously prices are no where near london but isn't the cheapes placd in the country.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Not really the sort o place you'd go for a night out.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There was a football tournament organised with expenses paid for, unfortunately i couldnt go that weekend. On the penultimet day of the internship we did a CSR day, so did weeking, planting and painting.