1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Initially, I was worried that I would have small or few tasks to do throughout my internship. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself doing a broad range of tasks that would actually be done by a graduate working for PwC, this gave me a great insight into the real job and a real feel for the job/people.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
It is encouraged to speak up at PwC and everyone is welcoming to questions of all kinds! I felt extremely welcomed and this helped me work better, alongside build really valuable friendships along the way. Although I was an intern I was treated and given the same responsibilities as a graduate.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Although my career coach was extremely busy, he made time for me when needed and I was able to seek advice throughout. All managers I worked with were invaluable towards the work I carried out. The transparency across supervisors and juniors set PwC apart from other internships I have undertaken.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
There was rarely a time where I was doing nothing, I always sought new tasks upon the completion of one. However, there is always plenty of work available and this is all suitable for interns to complete. When I was not working on breaks, I was always socialising with the team which was great.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I felt valued to the extent of a permanent employee, I loved the amount of responsibility I had. I was completing actual tasks that contributed towards the teams work, which was important and allowed me to see the impact I had.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The technical knowledge I gained will be applicable to any workplace, alongside university. However, more importantly working in a professional atmosphere shaped the way I worked in a more productive manner, which will help me indefinitely to be as productive as possible in future work. I also improved my interpersonal skills throughout.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
PwC embodies a dress for your day dress code. I believe this reflects the atmosphere in the office to be fairly relaxed. You are able to sit where ever you like and are encouraged to meet new people this way, everybody is extremely friendly and up for a chat if needed.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Initially, the recruitment process was well set out and upon getting the job recruitment will set out further steps very clearly. I found this useful as I knew what to expect and I was able to speak to resourcing to know what the job entailed. I always had support available.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Materially, I was provided all the equipment from pens to laptops in order to complete the job correctly. I was also provided with the means to learn outside of the job through various e-learns and online portals which contributed towards my personal development.
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?
From networking with junior staff across to more seniors staff, it is apparent how a graduate can progress within such a large company. This is really good to see as it is fairly clear cut too in terms of the career path you can follow.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes, all students and colleagues are invited to the same social events, meaning you have the chance to meet everybody and build networks. The great thing is, you will meet the same people on a daily basis and it makes coming into the office a nicer prospect when you can spend time with people you are friends with.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Newcastle is a cheap area, so the price of social events are cheaper than London or many other places further south.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
I cannot comment as I did not go out.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes! There are always socials happening, whether it is leaving drinks or sports days. This is all available to interns who are encouraged to attend.