Processing invoices, approving and processing employee expense claims, month end journals, monthly Intrastat reports for HMRC, supplier reconciliations
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I had a brilliant year, worked with some great people and was given some interesting projects to work on.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
With the responsibility I was given, I had to communicate and work with lots of people in the business - giving ideas and helping with projects.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I had monthly catch up meetings with my manager and had regular chats about how I was getting on.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
This varied depending on the time in the month - the first and last week of every month was busier than the rest of the month.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
From day 1 I was given responsibility. Month end tasks were important as that affects the rest of the team, uploading data to hmrc on a monthly basis as well as getting correct payment figures for suppliers.
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 how to communicate with different people around the business, how the business works as well as how the finance department works.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
It was a fun environment, everyone got on very well which makes the job more enjoyable.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I attended organised training days, HR met with all the interns together regularly and my day to day tasks were well explained
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Training days, staff briefings etc enabled me to enhance my skills as well as get to know what happens in the business, such as launches, new models etc
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?
As it is a relatively small company and department, there is no graduate scheme however if there was, I would definitely apply-it's a great company to work for
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There were 15 interns so there were quite a few social events organised throughout the year
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Reading is slightly more expensive as it is close to London, but you definitely have money left over to socialise!
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Lots of bars in reading which were popular with the interns
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
We occasionally went out for dinner or lunch with the finance team