A six week summer internship.
Working and interning at PwC is challenging but valuable work, allowing you to get a proper experience of what it would be like to work at PwC full time. The team and everybody has been incredibly friendly and keen to help your development, even if they are not from your team.
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While working the rest of the team would constantly delegate work to me, and also take the time to give me feedback about the quality of the work and the changes which needed to be made. They would also take to time to arrange drinks and lunches out to welcome me.
The other members of the team from associate to senior manager would always be happy to meet whenever you add time to their calendar to offer career guidance and share their careers so far and any future plans. Guidance and training was also constantly offered for more technical work projects
Working in mergers and acquisitions would mean that work would come in waves in order to meet the time pressures put forwards by the private equity houses, but there was always enough work to keep you busy and learning and as an intern you were not expected to work overtime.
The rest of the team would always be happy to let me have a go and drafting reports and contacting clients or other PwC offices to request information, but they were always there to check my work and guide me in the right direction when unsure of what to do
There were always opportunities to learn more about the work the team does and PwC has an online learning platform where you are able to take online learning courses in any areas you are interested in. Study materials and training is also given before the internship begins at a residential course
The office atmosphere was great and upbeat prior to the move to a new office coming in the following months. As part of the internship I was also able to travel to London and visit both of the offices their which also had a good atmosphere and were in exciting parts of the city.
The student recruitment team perfectly planned everything, from travel to accommodation and expenses, through to structured contact and feedback throughout the internship. The internship began with a residential with all the UK interns together which was incredible included lots of training and opportunities to meet other interns and people currently working at PwC.
PwC invest in their staffs training and development, paying for professional qualifications such as becoming as chartered accountant, and allow their staff to take time off of work to attend college and this support makes it far easier to pass exams than just studying in your spare time would allow.
An internship at PwC gives you the opportunity to impress the team which you are attached to and working with a career coach you will set goals with the aim of securing a graduate role. The internship is the best way to confirm if PwC is where you want to work and allows PwC to see if you are suitable to work for them.
Starting the internship with a residential with all interns across the UK meant that you had time put aside for you to make friends and exchange details before you started working with your team. Socials were also planned with my team and lunches out which meant I got to meet everybody outside of the office.
Birmingham is quite a cheap place to live and work, lunches out and drinks after work were easily affordable. Even in London the cost of food and drink was affordable as there were subsidised kitchens and also often company funded socials so that team socials were easy to have and cheap.
Birmingham has a lot of nightlife and everything that you could want to go out after work or for meals out. Travel links to London are already great and will be even better once HS2 is finished, it was not uncommon for me or other members to travel to London after work.
PwC offers lots of activities outside of work, I met people who played sports weekly for a PwC against other companies and there was also sailing opportunities and anything else you wanted to arrange yourself. Also being based in big cities meant that it was easy to find somewhere and something to do.