1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed my 6 week internship this summer. The office environment and culture is very welcoming and everyone made a big effort to keep you busy. You get a real sense of responsibility and purpose over the internship and I found it very rewarding. I thought this was a great experience and would recommend to anyone.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
This is one of my highlights when working at PwC, everyone you work with makes a real effort to make you feel valued and ensure you have plenty of engaging jobs to be doing. When requesting feedback they were all very proactive and responded in way that allowed me to develop throughout my time here.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The managers/in charges were very welcoming and ensured that you felt comfortable to ask any questions that you may have had. Despite their busy schedules they always made time to discuss any issues, and explained the work in a way that allowed me to further my understanding of my work.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I would say that I was kept very busy and the rest of the team was very active in ensuring I had something to do throughout the day. If I was ever without anything to do, my in charge would actively seek other work for me if they couldn't allocate anything themselves.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I think I was given as much responsibility as you could expect during a 6 week placement. I was assigned tasks to complete and was left to ask questions whenever I had any. I was then expected to say when I had completed the allocated tasks to ensure I was given more work to do.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I have already graduated from university, however the experience of a work environment has allowed me to improve my communications skills and my self leadership skills. I believe that I have a clear idea of how I would personally develop at PwC and look forward to hopefully returning next year.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere in the office was a real highlight of mine. At PwC there is a very social atmosphere, where everyone is very welcoming and always offering to try and improve your time in the office. The open seating allows you to sit where you want and communicate easily with your team.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Very well set up, the first few days in London allowed us to meet a lot of the interns, and the interns in our office. We were all assigned a buddy and a career coach which helped us integrate into the office and answer any immediate questions we had. Overall the placement was organised very well.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very appealing, through conversations with my career coach I have been given areas for clear development and also been told areas of strength to develop further. We were also given the opportunity to have a conversation with a partner where we were given an insight into his career path and tip for developing and progressing within the company
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes, usually every thursday we would get together as a group of interns and organise a social event. We have arranged several socials and have formed a strong relationship with the other interns. I also joined the PwC hockey team which was a great chance to meet new people outwith my working day.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
In edinburgh I think you can expect rent to be around £500pcm excluding bills. This is obviously depending on how close to the city centre you want to live or the quality of the flat. Cost of socialising is fairly reasonable, you would expect main courses to be around £10-£15 and pints to be around £4-£5.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?