The international team-building trip was a highlight of my placement

Mathematical Sciences student Charlotte Ware enjoyed the business trips during her placement as a financial analyst.

Portrait of Charlotte Ware
The support from the company was excellent and my manager was approachable and always available.

I was attracted to choosing a placement because I wanted to gain experience of real-life situations in the world of work and apply my theoretical knowledge.

My main role at finance service management company PRGX - where I worked as a financial analyst - was to complete audit reviews of supplier accounts. My ability to analyse data improved enormously and I became more proficient in Excel and Access. I also felt more confident about speaking in a formal setting having been exposed to a work environment. The support from the company was excellent and my manager was approachable and always available.

The investment they made in their placement students was best highlighted by a team-building trip to Bilbao and Pamplona in Spain, which included visiting the Guggenheim and annual BBK rock festival. Towards the end of my placement we also had a team-building day in Hyde Park, to welcome the students replacing us.

I’d definitely recommend a placement year as it’s been invaluable to me in shaping my future career aspirations; I’m keen to look for a role which keeps me in data analysis. My advice to other students is to read up on the role and company before applying for jobs and keep your CV concise.

‘I’d definitely recommend a placement year as it’s been invaluable for me in shaping my future career aspirations.’
Charlotte Ware, BSc Mathematical Sciences including placement year