Mainly working on ongoing projects by requesting information, analysing data and updating and editing excel documents.
Throughout my internship, I enjoyed meeting new people and being presented with new opportunities. The first week was spent in London which was really fun as we spent time to get to know the other interns and learn more about the jobs we would be doing. I spent a bit of time out of the office which was also enjoyable as I got to get to know my team better and learnt more about various businesses.
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Although the work we did wasn't the most difficult as we aren't expected to have any real prior knowledge, I felt like in completing the jobs I did, I saved the team a lot of time and effort which made my work feel valuable as the more experienced members could get through a lot of the more difficult work.
We were assigned a "buddy" and a career coach to help us with any questions. The buddy was mainly for informal questions that you might have not wanted to ask someone more senior and the career coach was mainly to ask us questions about how we were doing/how we were finding the job. Both were useful in their own right. I also felt the people I worked with on the jobs were friendly and wanted to help whenever they could.
Some days were busier than others, it mainly depends on which job you are assigned to as some has more work than others. However, even on the busier days it wasn't an overwhelming amount of work and if you didn't finish everything it was a problem. Overall I normally had stuff to do but there was a few days throughout where I felt like I could have been given more.
The jobs we did were actual jobs which in itself is a big responsibility. However, we weren't really expected to be using our own judgement to make big decisions. Normally if a decision needed to be made, that would be done by someone more senior but you would have done the work leading up to the decision.
I feel like I have definitely improved my networking skills. Throughout the internship we had social events and I noticed a difference in myself when approaching new people by the end of the internship. My excel skills also improved as I learnt how to use more shortcuts which meant I could complete tasks more efficiently which saved time.
The office was very social as there was large group desks that you could work on. This meant the atmosphere was always quite bubbly as people could chat and work at the same time. There was also office spaces to work on a desk alone so if you needed to work in peace you could.
The first few real days in the office lacked in organisation as a few of us had nothing to do, but besides that the London trip for the first 3 days was really well done and the rest of the internship was organised well. The interns most of the time had tasks to be doing which had been organised by the company .
Our trip to London was really good as we had tutors to help us understand our job better. We had lessons each day to help us improve our skills before we started in our chosen line of service and office. Throughout the internship we were invited to social events hosted by PwC which was fun and meant we had time to get to know our colleagues. We also had support from our buddies and career coach to help us.
Although we do not know if we have gotten onto the graduate program yet, I've heard from numerous previous interns that a lot get offered a job after the internship. The graduate scheme is appealing as PwC pays for you to complete either ICAS or ICAEW so you are fully qualified.
Yes, we had a few events hosted by PwC (such as a BBQ and promotion drinks) and the interns planned events together after work and on the weekends to help get to know each other. The average age of the office is quite young so a lot of people are in a similar mindset on what a fun socail activity is.
I think it was fairly cheap. The transport to the city isn't expensive as there are buses and a subway you can get. As you are student you don't have to pay water bills or council tax in Scotland so rent isn't too bad as well. Social life costs are similar to what you would expect in a city that isn't London.
The nightlife was good but as Glasgow has a lot of students and the internship is in the summer, a lot of clubs aren't open as they are tailored to students. But in the city centre there was always stuff on and it is not too expensive for drinks and entry.
There was social events, but there wasn't any clubs (besides netball) that we were introduced to. I think if you work there full time there are probably more things you can get involved with but on a 6 week internship there isn't a lot of time to really get involved.