1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The work placement was very enjoyable. I got to work in a great team and the work itself in Tech Risk was also very interesting. The Manchester office is amazing and I found that I was getting enough work every day to keep me busy for the whole day (and that's a good thing!).
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt very valued by my colleagues. Being an intern, you have the advantage that you can talk to almost anyone. I had the chance to speak to people from associates to directors and everything in between. Everyone was very respectful and was very keen on me having a good experience at PWC Manchester.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was fortunate enough to be working with my Career Coach for most of the internship, which meant that I was constantly getting guidance on how to improve. You are meant to get feedback at least once a week and it's expected that you act upon it. There are regular meetings with your career coach to ensure that your goals are being met.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I have been on other internships in the past where I would just sit down and do nothing for most of the day. At PWC, it was completely different. I was always getting work, but never too much to the point where it would get stressful. If I had a 5 minute gap, I would play Ping Pong with my team.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Being and intern, it's very difficult to be given responsibility. During the first few weeks, you're just trying to find your feet. When you eventually do, you'll be halfway through the internship!
You are given lots of work to be reviewed by the client, but obviously someone will tend to go over the work you do, at least at the beginning- and that's not a bad thing!
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Working in Tech Risk was quite interesting as it's a team that does stuff you wouldn't think about. What you learn at the job is really useful and you'll constantly be coming across companies you worked with during your internships, or concepts in lectures that you've already seen while on the internship.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere in the Manchester office is amazing! The office itself is very new and the people working are really nice. There are tons of socials and a rest area with pool and Ping Pong tables. People are very relaxed but also quite motivated to achieve their goals, and complete their work on time.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The work placement was extremely well organised. There is a structure of people there to support you (buddy, career coach, etc.) and you will constantly be meeting them and other people organising the internship to ensure that your goals are being met and that you're getting what you need out of the internship.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
During my internship there wasn't really a big social scene among the interns. All the interns were really nice, but each of us working on different jobs for the 6 weeks makes it difficult to socialise much between us. PWC organises many social events, but during the placement I found that I would naturally spend more time with my Tech Risk team than with other interns.
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?
Manchester is a vibrant city when it comes to the nightlife. Being a student at uni here, I've seen it all! From Factory to the Northern Quarter to Twenty Twenty Two (personal favourite!), there's always something to do here. It's a bit quieter in the summer as the students are all home, but it's still an incredible place to go out.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?