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My year at Audit Yorkshire

This year for my industrial placement I have spent 12 months at Audit Yorkshire as an Intern Internal Auditor. As a business student at Loughborough University we are encouraged in our second year to search for placement or study abroad opportunities to enable us to stand out to employers in the increasingly competitive Graduate job market. The opportunity to potentially gain 12 months’ work experience was one of the qualities which initially attracted me to Loughborough’s business school, as I knew that the opportunity to take a year out would be highly beneficial for my future career.

Whilst searching for placements, I came across numerous placement opportunities within the NHS. The opportunity to work for the largest public sector organisation greatly appealed to me, as ideally I wanted to work for an organisation that was known for being a reputable employer. Through applying to the NHS, I was offered a job at the York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in the Internal Audit department. Audit Yorkshire offers a wide variety of career opportunities for individuals who are considering a career in audit, including their Trainee Graduate schemes, placement, with the view to expand to apprenticeships in the future. My placement was aligned with the job roles and responsibilities of a trainee, which meant that I have experienced what a Graduate would experience in their first year in the organisation. This enabled me to take on a great amount of responsibility and experience arguably more than an intern would in alternative organisations.

At the beginning of my placement, I was assigned a mentor who I worked collaboratively with on my initial audits. This included setting my work and going to meetings together. Having one to one support meant that my confidence grew, enabling me to conduct audits independently after just a few months. However, my mentor has continued to provide support to me throughout the year, alongside other senior members of staff.

Prior to moving here for my placement I did not know anyone in York, therefore, it was a huge adjustment living by myself. The whole team, especially those who are based at the York site were very welcoming which made this transition easier for me. As an Audit Yorkshire employee there are a number of opportunities for staff to get involved in activities both inside and out of work including the Christmas party and occasional drinks after work. Working here has also enabled me to get involved in charitable events including baking for our Stand up to Cancer Bake Off and completing Pretty Muddy in aid of cancer research.

First and foremost, this experience has greatly expanded my understanding of the way an NHS organisation operates. But I have also developed a vast amount of skills this year, most importantly being my confidence. My communication skills have greatly improved as I have had exposure to communicating with a range of clients, including senior management within the Trust.

Overall, the skills and knowledge I have gained throughout this year will be invaluable to me when I return to University in October and for my future career. I have really enjoyed my year working for Audit Yorkshire and would highly recommend the placement scheme to anyone who is looking to expand upon their work experience.

Charlotte Parkhurst, Intern Internal Auditor