Getting a feel for what the audit and assurance team do. Carrying out parts of the audit process/testing. Doing some risk assurance as well
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed my placement at PwC. I was able to experience working on multiple clients from different sectors, visit client sites to carry out audit work and speak to clients face to face. I was also able to work in risk assurance as well as core assurance and it was nice to have a large variety.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was always given proper work to do which was nice. I wasn't given the really easy (and sometimes boring) stuff (unless necessary). I was always treated as part of the team and never as an inferior because of my position. All the colleagues I worked with really made an effort to get to know me and give me exciting work to do
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I always had all of my questions answered and I was always provided guidance no matter what question I asked. This meant I was able to learn a great amount during my placement and build upon advice from each supervisor every time I started a new job. I was supported well in every task I did
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Some days I was very busy - this was mainly when working with clients/at the client site as I had a lot of samples to test. Some days in the office I was less busy but I always had something to do. I was never left without anything to do and if I was it was only ever for 30 mins
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I really feel like I was trusted with a lot of responsibility during my placement. One day I went to the client on my own to complete my revenue testing and I felt really professional and valued. I was also trusted with making EGAs one day which is an important job to be trusted to get right
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The training we received in the first week didn't really help that much, but putting everything into practice did really help and frequently asking questions and getting guidance really increased my confidence. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know people from different backgrounds and ages and I know now that I am able to successfully work in a team with anyone
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
I loved working in the office. I was probably only there a third of the time but it was a great atmosphere. Everyone was really hard working but also chatty, friendly and helpful too. The Leeds office is light and airy and everyone talks to everyone which made me feel really integrated
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
For me, really well. I was put on a number of clients each for a substantial amount of time (3 days to 2 weeks) which allowed me to get to know the various teams well. It also gave me a good idea of what PwC is like eg. travelling, working with people from different offices and departments etc
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company did everything they possibly could to train and develop our skills. We had a week of training before starting and especially the 2 days in the office really helped. We were introduced to the systems and the general environment and it was really representative of the firm as a whole
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?
I would love to work for PwC. I love the work that they do, the people they employ, the environment that they work in. I would be back in a heart beat! I would also definitely recommend them to anyone who was thinking of applying, especially as the recruitment process is the best I've ever experienced
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
We attended a few social events whilst on the placement for example the cricket at headingley stadium then food and drinks after, and also sports day and a bbq and drinks after. It was a really good environment to get to know people that you may not have interacted with in the office
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The cost of living and socialising was pretty average. Going out at the weekend is obviously more expensive that going out during the week but in general Leeds is not that expensive - especially if you know where to go! The cost of living eg. food, housing etc is average
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
As a student I am used to busy nightclubs with fellow students in them! However, going out at the weekend is a little different...The nightlife was alright but the drinks scene was definitely better than the nightclub scene (that didn't stop us going to the nightclubs though!). We had a few good nights out
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Socials were frequent which was nice as it was a chance to socialise with people from the office and get to know people in a non-working environment. Lots of people tend to go to a bar across the road on a Friday after work so although that's never organised, as such, it gets everyone together celebrating the weekend