I really enjoyed the 6 weeks within Deals. The environment was chilled. People were truly friendly. I didn't feel that I was pushed to do what I could not do. It was a good learning experience both about deals and about the firm.
On my first day of my internship, I was introduced to the whole team by my buddy. Colleagues looked out for me and would like to spend time explaining their work to me. During lunchtime, we had informal lunches together. Moreover, I felt that my ideas and opinions were valued by the team too.
My people manager was very helpful. She organised regular meetings with me in order to make sure my queries could be solved and I could perform the best I could. People who are a few years senior to me normally gave me the most advice since they were in my shoe not long ago. I wish I could ask more questions during my time.
I jointed at a quiet time so I wasn't busy in terms of work that I had to deliver. However, I found that was good since I could shadow more meetings and really learn by observing, which was better than being filled with meaning less work.
I started with helping the organisation of some divisional events, which was a good way to start my journey with. Then I was given more responsibility, e.g. some researching for a live project. It motivated me to learn more and develop.
My degree is very different to what I did at PwC. However, the internship helped me understand the real financial world, which is crucial to my future career. Learning by doing is the best way to develop.
The office atmosphere was quite professional. You get into the mood to work when you are at your desk. But there are some corners where you can have a coffee and chat with people. Overall, the environment is quite comfy and not too serious.
I would say the whole internship set up was perfectly organised. It started with a 3-day induction training outside of the office. Events were planned well, i.e. with a suitable purpose. I like the way that the firm wants you to treat other interns as your colleagues, rather than competitors. Moreover, when you have questions, you can easily reach out to someone who can help you.
The company gave a good platform for interns to get their hands dirty and do real work. Our team was warm and helpful. However, I felt that more technical material, such as a reading list, could be provided at the same time.
I like the fact that you could develop within the firm even within another team. You also have the chance to transfer to another country, which sounds exciting.
Since there were so many interns within different teams, I didn't feel like I know a lot of interns within other teams. If a final or mid internship official social could be organised, that would be perfect.
London bridge area is fairly cheap and convenient. However, we didn't socialise much due to our intern salaries.
Lots of places to eat and drink. Easy to get to party areas.
Didn't have the experience of activities outside of work. Probably if you join a sports club.