Summer Intern in the Corporate Tax team at PwC East Midlands.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my placement at PwC. The team made sure i was involved in a variety of work with lots of clients, across a range of tasks to ensure as wide of an experience for me as possible. I managed to go to meetings, gain technical knowledge and meet great people
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Everyone made sure i was integrated into the team all the time. My buddies made me feel like a good friend and made sure to check up on me. Seniors were always mindful that i may not understand concepts/technical things but made sure to include me in work and meetings
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was given a lot of initial support regarding a variety of topics from settling in to work being given. Support was always available from multiple sources if i ever needed it, and any queries were answered in very quick time. So i was never feeling like i was unsure or nervous.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
There were days where I was very busy and other days where it was really quiet, but i was finding self study a good way to stay busy. When busy, the workload was heavy but still manageable, as other staff were considerate when giving work to do. the technical learning guides were also a good way to keep busy when free
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a lot of responsibility, being given work to do which would be a client deliverable or email, or work which would be used office/firmwide, which made me want to complete it to the best standard, and within a timely manner, all of which are essential skills in any workplace
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills I developed during my placement involve an attention to detail, high quality of work, time management, self management, communication with a range of people, socialising among others, all of which will help me immensely during university where all of these skills are essential, but also no doubt in the future when working in a professional environment
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office had a very nice working atmosphere which encouraged socialising and collaborating with colleagues. Especially for me this friendly environment made it easy to fit in with everyone, to talk, ask questions, and not feel under pressure or nervous. Everyone was also polite and open to me approaching them
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The structure to the internship was overall very good. The induction residential at the start gave us a chance to network with lots of other interns, and the introduction talks gave us an insight into what to expect. then after arriving at the office, the induction talks were very useful, as well as the buddy introduction which involved meeting everyone around the office. Constant reviews and meetings with career coaches also made the internship feel very complete
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I feel like the firm made sure to teach us the essential skills we'd need at the residential, and then built on these during the placement while working on other tasks. Everyone also made sure to explain everything in detail to ensure I started building a bank of knowledge and completed work appropriately
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I am certain that working within PwC is something I would love to do in the future. It has been an amazing experience, and the overall view I've got in my time here is nothing short of great. Lots of perks, friendly people, a variety of work and lots of personal development make it very attractive
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
At my location, there were only 2 other interns, but among us we were able to have lunch together, get breaks, meet each others' work teams, and so the social scene was very good for us. the canteen also had a pool table and lots of seating so we could socialise which was great.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I used to commute from home so never faced any major costs of living other than fuel. We also didn't do much socialising outside of work so i wouldn't be able to comment
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The location where I worked is quite remote, and so nightlife and socialising were not something that I see myself doing in this area. There is one nearby town, but this is really small so I don't see it as being a 'hotspot' for nightlife. But most people would commute to work from larger towns nearby (Leicester, Nottingham, Derby) where nightlife is much better
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
During my internship there were a few meetings that I managed to go to outside the normal work we are given, but not much in terms of social events and opportunities. there was the team's involvement with nottingham pride for everyone to get involved. But for those working here, there are almost endless opportunities - culture, sports, socials.