1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
My 10 week internship at PwC was in the external audit department, it was an amazing experience! i got to learn a lot and made valuable relationships throughout my internship. We had many socials throughout my internships which made the experience even better. Every friday of the summer the team would come up with a social.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt extremely valued by the people at PWC external audit team that i worked with throughout my internship, they were the most kind and helpful people i have ever met. they did not mind coaching me on various areas that i struggled with. This made my overall experience even better.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The managers, senior associates, directors, partners and associates at the external department in audit of Pwc were extremely supportive and friendly. They gave me great guidance knowing i started from scratch, i had very little knowledge about audit but they helped me through the 10 weeks that i was there.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
As an intern i was given the freedom to complete the work i was given, as and when i could and while there are some tight deadlines it is mader easy with the team around you to support you. There is also an amazing social life and therefore i did have a good balance.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Even though they knew i have a very basic knowledge of the entire audit process, i was given fair amount of responsibility, which is amazing as that is when you learn the most about the work you have been given. This was one of the best aprts about the internship.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
From the fact that i am doing a degree in BsC Accounting and Finance it is most certain that i will be using what i have learnt at PwC in my final year once i go back to university as u do have a couple of modules in audit and assurance.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
While we had to get work done we were allowed to have a bit of fun and have a chat every now and then with colleagues in the room. This enabled us to be more friendly and made work easier. we also had a table tennis that we could use.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
At PwC they had a perfect task plan for what they want interns to do and the level of responsibility they wanted the interns to have. They had a lot of continued feedback so that your progress can be monitored. Everyone in the firm was very well organised and so was the internship.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Personal training and development is one of the core for all pwc staff and partners. there was continuous online training as well as on the job training. we started with a 5 day training and team building exercise at a hotel in Windsor. This was always a fundamental part of the internship.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
They are very applealing as i would note that PwC have many perks such as the fully paid Institute of chartered accountant in England and Wales accounting qualification and many other unlisted perks. they are continuously improving on future employment prospects withing the organisation and there is a good hierarchy and chances for promotion.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The social scene at PwC was amazing, taking into account that it was summer there was something going on at least once a week. We would have regular socials with the whole office and there would be times we would have a social with the team we were working on as well.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I was not based in central london offices but i was based in the regional office and therefore the cost of living around where i was was good. the social life was equally great as there was many entertainment places around the offices. There was cinemas and many places to eat out.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife was good from the area i worked in as there was a lot of night clubs. I enjoyed going for a drink with colleagues after work every week and it was an enjoyable atmosphere.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There was a lot of other simultaneous programmes that were running at the same time. We had many school presentations and other outdoor team building exercises that was very enjoyable. We had good fun every other friday as there was always something planned. This was an amazing part of working at PwC.