1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed the internship to a great extent. The thing that really makes PwC is this culture and the people. Everyone is welcoming and eager to get you involved where possible, but also willing to give a helping hand. I'm sure anyone who joined here would have a positive experience to remember.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt very valued by my colleagues. Everyone took in interest and asked lots of questions to get to know me. I was always invited to any events and even to small tea breaks where I would be included in conversations. On top of this the thought and effort that was put into my feedback really helped.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was given fantastic support by management. Anything I was unsure about I was encouraged to ask and it wouldn't be a problem. I was made to feel secure in that mistakes were fine, it was about letting them know so we could work through it and teach me. All this as well as regular checks to see how I was and give me guidance helped a lot.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was generally busy but busy in a sense of I had a pipeline of work but no looming deadlines. This allowed me to work at my own pace and do things to a quality standard. Only once or twice I had a strict deadline but the work wasn't too challenging and this allowed me to show time management. I think you need to make yourself know so this is very subjective as you can find your own work through building relationships, although my first 2 weeks were already planned out before I arrived.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given an ok level of responsibility. It's a very professional organisation so I could only be given what can really be expected at the level. I would say I was given some work that definitely had responsibility but was of course checked after to make sure it was done properly.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I would definitely say the skills learned will be of benefit at any stage of my career. Particularly some behaviours, work methods, and relationship skills. These are applicable anywhere. Things like how to word an email to a client and be more succinct in my writing. The technical stuff I may use but it's difficult to say.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere in the office is fantastic. Everyone is very friendly and relaxed. There is a dress for your day policy where you can wear clothes you feel most comfortable in which was fantastic. I joined at year end so there was probably at extra buzz around the place as it was promotion season with lots of events happening.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship set up runned like clockwork. Everything was clear and set up so that we had nothing to worry about. There genuinely wasn't one issue to be had as travel was pre-booked, then the office was notified for arrival and training prepared in advance too. It was delivered incredibly well.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I would say the company invest a lot. We spend 3 days in London doing professional training for our specific area with other interns, learning and understanding about the business. Then when you arrive to your local office there is further localised training. Further to this if you want to learn more there's further internal training you can use to further develop yourself.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I would say future employment prospects are fantastic. There seems at the moment to be you very young managers so I'm not sure if this will change but as of right now there appears to be a clear path of progression. There is also huge scope to move around the firm given the correct time and planning. You would never get bored.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes we done a lot together. As we travelled the first few days together this really helped us bond which we carried back locally with us. We attended the work events together and had lunch together every day. We also had personal and work group chats and spoke to eachother frequently.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
This isn't really something that can be helped by the firm and is just the nature of a city. I think it can be as expensive or inexpensive as you want it to be depending where you're willing to go. I stayed at home personally so didn't incur any extra costs on the living scene.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife in the area I worked is good. It has standard student nights during the week but I wouldn't recommend this while working. Probably best to wait for the weekend however I would say there is something for everyone regardless of your taste and various pubs or nightclubs depending how far you wanted to take the night.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There was a badminton club that was run on Wednesdays as well as a hill walking club every 3 weeks or so depending on availability of people and the weather. As well as social drinks here and there. This is purely work but in the general city there's plenty to do.