My name is Daniel Melarkey and I’m a student at The Queen’s University of Belfast currently studying for my BSc in Actuarial Science and Risk Management. As part of my studies I have to complete one year in an industry placement, I was lucky enough to secure this placement at Spence & Partners. I encountered the company through the university placement office and a careers fair at the university.
Spence & Partners was a business I immediately identified as one I would like to work for. The company was a perfect size in that it was big enough that there would be plenty of interesting work and a variety of clients to interact with, but not so big that I would get stuck working in only one department, or doing only one task during my placement year.
I have to say that through the first 6 months of my placement here I have had many opportunities to engage with the business practice areas ,and I’ve definitely found the company size a huge advantage. I have been given a massive amount of freedom, respect and trust at times to go and really get stuck in to things myself. The company has some fantastic business developments in the pipeline and I’ve been welcomed with open arms into new and interesting projects; I’ve been given great opportunities to take my learning into my own hands. It really has been a case where I’ve been getting out of it what I’ve put into it, and I’ve learned skills and abilities in areas I never thought conceivable before starting the placement as a result.
I have been involved with work in every area of the business; gaining great insight into how a company in the financial industry typically operates day to day, whether it be an accounting process, business development, actuarial practice, administration practice or software development – the range in this insight is really fantastic and has given me a confidence where I am now comfortable in tackling any task coming my way.
Further to this, the people here are a fantastic bunch: greatly skilled, helpful, respectful, and there are no egos! Right from the bottom of the company structure to the top everyone makes time for you and have no qualms with lending a hand whatever the situation. I, and the other placement student even got the opportunity to complete a research project for Brian Spence himself within the first few months of our placement – what an opportunity!
Overall Spence & Partners is a fantastic place to work and learn, and it has been a great opportunity for me, giving me some of the skills essential for my final year of university and life beyond.
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