Hark, PSA trainee and former intern, Birmingham

Hark

PSA trainee and former intern, Birmingham

My internship was a steep learning curve. But it was also fun, enjoyable and support was always on hand.

I was a bit worried at first about my lack of accounting knowledge. But the team expects this and provides lots of training and support. I was surprised just how much time out managers and accountants took to explain things and go through work with me. The culture is very people focused, so you’re treated as an individual and get involved right from the start.

My eight-week summer internship started with an induction in London where I met the other interns. I also spent three days learning at Bradenham Manor. But I learned most on-the-job. It really is the best way. I learned things you can’t possibly learn in a classroom, and in only my second week I went on my first client visit.

'You don’t need to know much about accounting and finance. If you’re willing to learn and have got the right attitude, we’ll teach you everything you need to know.'

I really enjoyed the variety of work, learning about different aspects of audit with clients of all shapes and sizes. In public sector audit it’s really satisfying knowing that your work is important and of real value, as you help to make sure accounts are correct and taxpayer money is spent correctly. There’s also lots of interaction and huge amounts of trust, as you build strong relationships with clients and take a close look at their accounts. As an intern here, you make a big contribution, feel empowered and share ideas and responsibility. You play your part in shaping a vibrant economy.

I’m very proud of how much I developed on my internship. I grew in confidence, developed my skills and even gave a presentation on shaping a vibrant economy at the end of it all. I enjoyed it so much I’ve now joined the graduate programme and act as a buddy to new interns.