1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed getting a better insight PwC by becoming a part of the work environment. Previously I had participated in the Women in Business programme and so after gaining an initial insight it was nice to work with others in the office and become part of a team. Throughout the internship I was able to gain a variety of experience both professionally and socially.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Regardless of what job I was working on, various team members were willing to coach me before attempting various tasks. It really helped to know that there were people there that could help. All those that I worked with were willing to give feedback and showed their appreciation for the work that I had completed.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
For every job that I was on, the manager of the team had spoken to me regarding the job including briefings about the entity, the work involved and what was expected of me. I really appreciated the time taken out to explain the nature of the work, especially considering how busy they otherwise were.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Most of the time I had tasks set that I was able to get on with , either set by the manager or another team member. However there would be times where there was less work available which was suitable for our level. During this time I would take the time to carry out admin tasks or document my progress.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Depending on the nature of the audit and the size of the client, the level of responsibility varied. For smaller audits, I was able to take on more responsibility as there were fewer individuals working for example planning activities for a unit. However with the bigger scale audits, I was assigned with individual tasks rather.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Studying an accounting and finance degree, the skills that I have gained particularly the technical aspects and understanding of an audit will be particularly useful when going into my final year. I have also been able to develop my individual management skills such as time management and working independently which will be valuable to my degree and future career.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Quiet but usually plenty of people to provide a comfortable answer. Was easy to concentrate and the open plan structure of the office helped with motivating during the day by being able to easily talk to others.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Generally very good organisation. However there were a lot of admin things to do throughout such as adding objectives to workday. Although I agree that it was a good way to get to use these systems, it wasn't as useful to us as interns as there were a few technical issues which meant that my objectives weren't approved on workday until over halfway through my internship. Maybe it might be more efficient to have a more simpler way for short term programmes.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I was really surprised by how much the firm had invested in us as interns and generally for other employees. This was made clear from the very start at the induction training and it is clear that there are many personal training and development programmes in place at different levels.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
There were no perks with
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Offered a future job with PwC on the graduate scheme for September 2019.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Although we weren't always in the office together at the same time it was nice to keep in touch with them throughout the internship. We arranged for catch ups every week or so.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Going to Bristol university, I am quite familiar with the nightlife in Bristol. Generally it has a good nightlife, suitable for all.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Unfortunately during the time we were there we just missed out on a few socials but from speaking to others there are lots of social activities including sports and societies. However I was able to go along to the quiz night which was nice to see others outside of the work environment.