1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The internship was well structured. I was able to work on two projects, of which I was entrusted with high levels of responsibility with both. The colleagues are great, everyone is extremely approachable, and will provide support throughout the entire process. I would highly recommend the internship for anyone looking to get into consulting, and enjoy having their abilities pushed.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
From the beginning I felt appreciated and part of the team. Due to the high responsibility, my work was recognised by the teams I worked with. During both projects I was invited to several interviews with clients, and was encouraged to engage with the client and ask questions rather than just take notes.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Upon joining, you are allocated a buddy (graduate) and a line manager. Both colleagues have catch ups with you weekly, and provide support and advice whenever you ask for it. Not once did I feel I didn't have anyone to provide support for me during the internship.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was very busy, because of the projects I was on, and their tight deadlines. This generally meant I was working from 9 - 6 / 6.30 however, the interesting work and projects make it worthwhile working longer hours, as you learn so much.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a lot of responsibility. This included attending interviews, producing presentation slides that would go to clients, desk research, and organising client meetings. I also attended team meetings, where my opinion on work and ideas were heard and valued.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I will be using a significant portion of the skills I have developed when I return to Uni. In particular, using particular models and frameworks developed by PA, when structuring my work.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Everyone was very professional and hard working, but were still approachable for a chat.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The work was well organised, I was put onto 2 projects within the first day of the internship and was given work and set objectives immediately.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I received a lot of internal training during the Internship. Training courses were advertised to everyone, so if you were interested in an area you were allowed to attend.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
PA is a great company to get consulting experience from. They consistently win interesting projects, and you will be in an environment which will really challenge you, but not require ridiculous working hours like some other consultancies. Additionally, the financial rewards are very competitive.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
We would often go to the pub on Friday, and the grads were very inclusive. So the interns often socialised with them as well.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I lived at home, so did not have to rent in London. As with anywhere in London, it is a little pricey to go out for drinks, but not as bad as other areas in London.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
there is no real placed in Victoria for nightlife, you often get the tub elsewhere.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were often opportunities to go on events which the grads had organised, or to play sports with colleagues on the weekends.