University of Bath graduate, in International Management with French, Jessica, shares her experiences of the Business Tax Internship at Smith & Williamson.
What was the application process like?
The process was quite extensive as the company aim to find appropriate people for their graduate roles through the internship application process. However, it was good to experience an assessment centre and rigorous online testing.
What was the interview process like?
As I was applying from abroad, the interview process was adapted slightly to me and S&W were very flexible about this. They adjusted their usual process to suit me and that was highly appreciated.
What advice would you give to students applying for your role?
I would just say that S&W really focus on the individual; they want somebody that will fit in well within the company and work well with their already established team.
How much responsibility do you have?
The nature of tax is that you are not allocated to a specific team so that means that there is less responsibility placed on interns. However, I completed tasks for all levels of staff up to partner level so I had some responsibility.
What do you most enjoy about your role?
I enjoy the variety of different tasks I do on a day to day basis. One day I might be making PowerPoint slides for a training session, one day I can be completing a tax computation.
What has been your biggest challenge?
My biggest challenge was asking all different types of people for tasks to complete. I had to approach partners and work with them which was a little bit nerve wracking but very rewarding.
How has this experience exceeded your expectations?
I think living in London has exceeded all expectations, it’s the best place in the world and I can’t wait to come back after I finish at university.
What is the office atmosphere like?
The atmosphere’s great! Everyone’s lovely and really welcoming. I feel like part of the team.
What activities are there outside of work?
There are a lot of social events at S&W, they organised fun stuff for us to do to get to know everyone and to get us involved.
How promising are the graduate prospects?
I think the graduate scheme is really good here. They help you through your ACA exams by allowing time off work to go to college which is not offered by all firms.
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