1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed my internship very much. I was part of an intake of interns. There were about 9 of us in my intake. We start built a really good friendship by the end. All the PwC employees were very welcoming and always made sure we were happy and content with what we were doing.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt very valued by my colleagues. They were all very friendly and welcoming. They were always very patient and took out time to make sure I understood what I was doing. My colleagues always sat with me for lunch and talked through any issues and question I had which was very nice and comforting.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was given a lot of support and guidance by my manger and incharge. Each intern was given a buddy *who was a graduate in the year above) and a career coach who was of manager/ senior associate level. Both these people watched over us and acted as a person you could talk to if you had any problems or questions.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was busy for about 2/3 of the time. It all depended on what client you were on. I had one client where there wasn't much work but it meant I had more time to ask my superiors questions and find out more about the business. Whereas another client I had, there was always work to get involved with.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given quite a lot of responsibility during my placement. I was eased in quite slowly at first but then once I had the general idea it wasn't long before I was getting involved in all aspects of audit testing and gathering data. In some areas I was even responsible for talking to the client directly and doing aspects of the audit on my own.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I feel that a lot of the skills I learnt in my placement will be very useful in the future. I learnt many new soft skills and interpersonal skills that I didn't know before. I learnt about working in an office environment and getting a long with clients. All these will definitely come in handy in the future.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere in the office was very friendly and welcoming. People were always happy to help or give you advice. There were socials organised as well that allowed people to get introduced to people more effectively. Even the senior members of staff were happy to help. There was little difference between how partners and associates interacted with you.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The organisation on he whole was very good. I knew where I was going, who I was meeting and most importantly what I should were almost two weeks before the event/ client meeting. However, some of the other interns were less fortunate and sometimes didn't know what they were doing until the actual day.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The firm invested a lot in the personal training and development of the interns. At the very start we went for a three day residential in Windsor where we learnt all about the firm and the skills we would need to know in order to get the most out of internships.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The future prospects within PwC are extremely good. It was made very clear that the opportunities that open up are incredibly varied and all very good in terms of career progression. The flexibility was also made very clear in that you were never stuck in one particular area in the company. There were always chances to change.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There was a really good social scene amongst the fellow colleagues. During my internship, there were two main socials: a cricket match at headingley and a sports day at the university grounds. They were both very good as most of the office participated. As an intake of interns as well we were encouraged to join in and meet as much of the employees as possible.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
My placement was at Pwc's Leeds office. Since I went to university in London the cost of socialising was very cheap compared to what I was used to. I lived from home however so I am not too sure about the cost of living but talking to many employees they said that a majority of people live either in or close to the centre of Leeds for reasonable prices.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The Nightlife was good. The interns and I went out a few nights during our six week internship. I did not know leeds to much before I went but it quickly became clear from the guidance of Leeds university interns that Leeds had a lot to offer and at a very reasonable price.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were, most days I finished at about 5:30. So there was time to get involved with the activities outside of work. The Leeds office had things going on most Friday nights that you could get involved with such as Fifa competitions and sports days. However, these were only available if you were at the office and not at a client office.