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1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The internship was well organised with a great training week/ business challenge at the
beginning. The social events were all fun and they were willing to spend money on them. The
other interns were all really friends and a good diversity of people both in terms of ages, with
school leavers, industrial placements and graduates on three different schemes, but also in
terms of background and ethnic diversity, something which Accenture is keen to promote.
The work started slowly with little responsibility given initially, this was frustrating at first
however once I’d been able to prove myself then I was given a lot more responsibility, to the
point of running my own meetings (internally, not with clients). In general everyone seemed to
enjoy themselves apart from a couple of people (out of 50). They found it difficult to switch
projects but not impossible and both did in the end.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Initially due to the work I was given I didn’t feel particularly valued,
however by the end you could recognise that the role of an analyst is crucial in supporting
senior members. My team was always willing to hear my point of view.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
On the first day we had a talk by the UK Managing Director, we also
had a panel with numerous Senior Execs. In that respect we were exposed to the top UK
management. In my project I had high exposure to my manager, this doesn’t always happen,
as I worked 1-on-1 with them I was lucky in getting frequent advice/support, especially if I
asked/questioned the work we were doing.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Ebbs and flows. The nature of an analysts role is that sometimes
you will have very little to do, at other times you’ll get given something at 5 and have to finish
it before you leave. Your hours/work load totally depends on the project you’re on. The better
you are, and the more you prove yourself the more work you will get.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Work I was doing was sent straight to subject matter experts
and senior executives. After I’d proven myself they were happy to give me more responsibility,if you can do the work of a consultant then they’ll give it to you as it then gives consultants
more time/capacity to do other work.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills you learn at university are more likely to help you
in business than the other way around, e.g. being able to research, manage your time, write
well, understand data. The skills you learn on your internship however will help you with
future work and interviews. Being able to talk in a commercial manner and understand how
different clients and big organisations like Accenture work are very useful skills.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Once you get used to hot desking it's good.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Well organised, lots of socials. Slight issues with placing everyone at the start.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Very little. One week out of nine, in an unrelated area.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Undecided. Some will love it, some will hate it, others will be undecided. It's a good company if you can place yourself well and in interesting areas. If not you can end up on some boring roles.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Once you start getting to know people.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
London is expensive.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
What you make of it.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?