I really enjoyed it, it gave me a really good insight to the company and how it works. Our supervisors were also people who had done the insight week, then the internship and then the graduate scheme process so it was really nice to speak to people who had entered the company through the same potential pathway. We got to work in the PwC building and client site so it was great experience to see them both.
It was organised really well and we all had individual supervisors which was nice and personal. As most of the work was shadowing there were no particular tasks for us to complete but the supervisors had organised for us to sit in on all their meetings and they had also organised for us to spend time with a range of employees to speak to different people and gain different insights into different roles. Because of this I did feel valued.
A lot of guidance and support, everyone we met was willing to sit down and spend some time talking to us about what they do and what aspect of the company might suit us best. If we were ever unsure of any terms or what was going on, in particular, our supervisors spent time explaining and talking to us about what was happening.
I would say my transferable skills were built upon, not specific skills for my degree because my degree is engineering so very scientific. But I definitely expanded on my people skills and learnt more about what kind of skills you need to be a good consultant, such as organisation, people skills, team work, great communication skills both with your team and with clients.
The insight was well structured. We were given clear instructions on where to be on the first day and then we were made to feel welcome and got to know a few of the other girls on the insight week which was nice. The only thing that could be improved was that for some hours during the day there was no work for us to do, in which case we either did nothing or we were given tasks to complete such as organising someone's calendar. However overall it was well organised.
The general atmosphere was great, everyone was so friendly and helpful. We were given a really good feel for the company and managed to speak to a range of people all of whom were happy to answer any questions we had or tell us about their role at PwC. Overall it was a great insight week.
The firm invested in us reasonably well. It was made clear through numerous resources what attributes the company looks for in an employee and examples of these. In addition everyone we spoke to was willing to help us talk about how our specific degrees could help with work within the company.
Really well, the fact that we were shadowing two women who had done the same insight week we had, then the internship then the grad scheme and just finished the grad scheme really helped us understand the route we would be taking into the company and what would be expected of us and what work we would have.
During the introductory presentation at the beginning of the week, there was some material on the culture and environment the company has and is striving for. In addition the two women we were shadowing told us about all the additional programmes they can get involved with working at PwC.
Very helpful, it gave an accurate and informed insight into what the role at PwC would be and what the job would entail. In addition, it was made very clear what routes you could take within the company and the other aspects of the company, including what projects you can work on and how to gain more experience.
It was great to be paid for the insight week as it made it feel like our time and work at the company was valued and worthwhile. I personally had no expenses as such hence I am not sure whether the other girls whom had expenses were reimbursed for them.
The women we were shadowing were great at presenting opportunities for us, thy arranged for us to speak with a range of people at a range of levels throughout the company. We were able to speak to these people face to face either in person in the office or through skype to people who were not onsite and everybody was happy to add us on Linkedin.
There were no networking or social opportunities as such presented for us. However this was understandable as we were only there for a total of three days so it would have been challenging for us to have attended a social event. It would however have been nice to have had a small event at the end.
Yes, the women that we were shadowing in particular told us about the activities and cubs they partake in through the company, which included a book club which is a really nice idea. It was nice to find out that the company takes importance in organising clubs like this for employees to join.
I would definitely recommend this insight week to a friend. It was extremely helpful in offering real experience into what a management consulting job would be like at PwC. It was great to experience working in the PwC building and on a client site, it was additionally helpful to be able to shadow PwC employees who had completed the insight week years ago themselves.