Having already conducted a 6-month placement at a different firm (in the banking industry), I already had expectations of what working life would be like. However working at Accenture surpassed my expectations greatly. Provided you are prepared to put yourself out there, the opportunities available are abundant and the ability to work in so many different industries provides great flexibility in narrowing down the field you are most interested in.
Mixed responses on this question - In my first project I was treated as part of the team certainly, and very much enjoyed my time, but on my second project I was very much treated as a part of the family and made to feel very welcome. As with any job, this varies with any team/project you work with.
Again this varies by project and by how proactive you are. There is always support and guidance should you ask for it. Some managers are better at guiding you whilst others prefer to challenge you and force you to be proactive. In my experience it is good to get exposure to both kinds of manager and all those in between since then you are prepared for any circumstances.
Though there are upswings and downswings in workload in any job, generally I have been kept very busy. Workload is at times considerable but this forces one to prioritize, an extremely valuable skills in managing tasks. It also emphasized to me the need to speak up and say you have a lot on your plate and you need more time - often you get more respect by pushing back instead of producing sub-par work.
I was really surprised by how much autonomy I was actually given to pick-up-and-run with projects I felt I could improve. In general, solutions are not clear and I was often tasked with generating my own way of solving the issue. Though this can be challenging, it is extremely rewarding and helps to sharpen one's problem-solving and analytical capabilities. If interns were expecting to be handed the answers, consulting is the wrong line of business.
Practically probably actually not that much. But the question sort of misses the point of placement, it is to prepare you for the reality of working life, not as a means of helping my studies. Placement is easily the most valuable part of my degree, but no I wouldn't say it hugely improves my ability to tackle my studies if I'm honest, though I acknowledge to some extent I am sure there is a benefit.
Mixture between a lot of fun and a hard-working environment but for me this is perfect. Too much of both and you are not productive and I have found over the course of my time here that Accenture often strikes the balance between the two which is greatly motivating. Potentially could be a little more fun at times, but again this is mainly project dependent.
I would say generally quite well, but I did feel that interns should be given more support to find projects. Given the first project is compulsory, you are not necessarily located in the industry you ultimately want to be, and thus don't have access to the network that can find you the project you want. Though there are 'schedulers' who aid with this, in general this can be quite a drawn out and stressful process and I feel interns should definitely be given more support in this regard.
Accenture are clearly heavily invested in retaining interns. There are a number of training courses accessible to all ranging from an introduction to Capital Markets and Investment Banking to the next biggest trends in tech such as AI and Blockchain - there's something for everyone.
I would say at this point I have been really impressed with the company. It is all about the people and this is something that appeals to me greatly. Though I am still undertaking my internship with a few months left, at this point I can certainly see myself returning to the firm.
Again this is project dependent. On my first project there was a great social scene with weekly meals/drinks etc which was really fun. On my second project the team was much smaller and so the social scene not quite as good. But there is a large cohort of interns and young people so there is no shortage of social events for sure.
London prices will always not be cheap, but with a bit of hunting around there are always much more affordable places. I went through SpareRoom.com and found a really nice place with a short commute for a great price. In terms of socialising, it's not cheap but no-one is really expecting it to be in the centre of London.
London nightlife is up there with the best, plenty of different things for everyone whether just a quick pint at the pub or a full-blown night out, it has much to offer. As mentioned previously the only thing I would say is that it is really not cheap.
Yes and no. There are a lot of different clubs and societies you can join, but honestly I can't imagine when I would find time. We are generally kept extremely busy and I think I would struggle to find time to go to the clubs, especially as you often don't know what time you'll be leaving the office on a certain day so it is hard to commit to trainings etc.