I worked in audit teams on a number of clients, performing specific tasks assigned by the team leader, on analysing financial statements. This meant that I was working in different teams and in different client sites from week to week. The work was therefore different, and challenging.
I also worked towards the first 7 of the professional accounting exams which required periods of study away from the workplace.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The job was enjoyable, interesting and challenging. The more experience that I gained throughout my placement the more I enjoyed the work.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
The people at PwC are an important part of your day to day work, as you are constantly working with different people. You are made to feel very welcome, and are instantly recognised as an important member of the team as soon as you start.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
There is huge network of support in PwC. There are a range of managers at different levels who support you in different areas e.g. when working on a specific job, for progression in your career, for when you are studying for the accounting exams etc. You receive on-the-job coaching when you at clients, and there is always someone to help with any queries. There is also a strong social network within the firm through working in different teams and groups, as well as with your peer group within which you join.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
There was work to be done pretty much most of the time. It is your responsibility to complete the work that is assigned to you, and the time that you do this can vary depending on your contact with the client and the information you have received. There are of course busy times of the year where everyone is stretched with their workload.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
There was a lot of responsibility to manage your own time and workload. The more experience you gain and the more knowledge you have allows you to be given more responsibility.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I have learnt to manage my time and work effectively, as well as understand how businesses are run which is very useful for my degree.
I will always be able to use the range of skills that I gained in the future, with future employees and in anything that I do.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The Birmingham office is extremely friendly and personal. The people are great, and there is always events going on. A lovely place to work.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The placement was set up well, although some things were changed throughout as it was the first year that placement students were involved in taking the accounting exams. If we ever had any problems or concerns there was the opportunity to voice them.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company invested a huge amount in my development. The first month when you join is induction which involves a range of courses and training. There is also the periods when you are enrolled at college to study for your exams.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Most placement associates get offered a job and get the opportunity to return after university.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Placement students are treated as one of the graduates when they join, where there is a big social scene.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Pretty average. I still lived in the student area during my placement so the rent was pretty cheap. But others lived in the centre which was still reasonable. Birmingham isn't a particularly expensive place to live.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There are sports teams and community groups run by PwC, and lots of other groups for you to get involved in if you want to.