Aoife, an Accounting and Finance undergraduate, considers her year in industry:
“I did not really know what to expect when I started my placement. I had not worked in an office environment before and even after reading about the role, it is hard to know what to expect when you have never worked in finance. Being the first student in the role meant my job was not clearly defined, but this also gave me the opportunity to mould it into the job role I wanted.
My year started off quite slow, however, as I got stuck in the workload certainly built up. I started by running month end sales and OPEX reports and then moved onto other reconciliations. I was tasked with managing one of our OPEX accounts, which included training our sales and marketing teams on the processes regarding purchase orders. Throughout the year as I gained more knowledge of the business and reports. I was given the opportunity to create my own report. This took a lot of planning and time to perfect but once it was done it added great value to different departments in the organisation and will now be taken to EMEA meetings.
I was given many opportunities to get involved with activities and meet people in the wider business through charity days and the annual conference in London. This gave me a well-rounded experience for my placement year. I am so pleased I did a placement as it gave me so much real world experience, which I wouldn’t have got through just doing my degree.