Working with various teams on different areas of audit.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Thoroughly enjoyed my time at PwC. Everyone was so welcoming and friendly which made the experience very enjoyable. All the social events I attended also made it great because it gave me the chance to get to know people on a more personal level and have fun doing so. Overall, I enjoyed it immensely and would recommend the internship to anyone.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Everyone was so accommodating and couldn't have done more to help me out whenever I needed to ask questions. They worked through tasks alongside me and gave me examples to go off as well as always making themselves available to answer any queries. I just wish it was longer than 6 weeks!! Many colleagues also would message me or come up to me just to see how I was getting on which showed how nice everyone was and welcoming.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Again, on every job I was on I was given all the support I could've asked for. They were always aware of my capabilities and helped me develop to the point where I surprised myself by knowing how to do things that I found difficult at the start. Everything was always explained well and given a reason behind why I was doing what I was doing which made it far easier to understand.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was usually kept busy and people would always refer me to others when trying to find a job which was very helpful. There was some downtime but I used this to explore vantage and understand as much about the company as possible so no time was wasted. On the whole, I was busy but never too stressed and so this was good.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I have given this 7 as I feel that I was given a suitable amount of responsibility but was not given too much ever. I was comfortable taking control of th etasks I had been given and my superiors were always willing to let me go by myself and complete the work independently which showed their trust in my work and was greatly appreciated.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I honestly believe that all the skills I learned whilst working at PwC will help me in anything I do. A lot of the learning is done on the job and so I had to learn fast and surprised myself by how much I learned in such a short period of time.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Extremely positive. There was a family feel to the office as no-one was ever left behind and people were always asking for help and everyone worked cooperatively. Although everyone was working, we all engaged in other chat sometimes when it was appropriate and this was very encouraging as it showed how well everyone worked together and how friendly everyone is.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship was organised very well. From the sunday before the first week to the last day, I always felt as though there was a plan and everything was taken care of. I had some gaps in my talentlink but these were filled up by doing various jobs for teams around the office and so was always doing something.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The firm obviously makes an effort with the interns and I have been seriously impressed by how much we have been taken care of since starting. We were always invited to social events as well as office meetings which made us feel welcomed and as part of the team, so again this was appreciated.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Hugely. I wanted to work for PwC prior to the internship but these 6 weeks have made me want it even more and I would've rated this 10/10 but I am doing it before the meeting where we find out. But overall, I would love to work for this company and I think my fellow interns agree.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes, we socialised regularly by going for drinks or meals after work. And the end of the internship we have also arranged going for drinks on one day, out on another and a trip to Edinburgh next week so everyone has got on well and we have plans in place to continue seeing each other even after the internship has concluded.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Being from Glasgow, its not to cheap but at the same time its not that expensive. It can get expensive if you are going out all the time but as long as you keep it to the weekends then its not unaffordable and so there is a good balance.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife in Glasgow is very good. There's always something happening and a good night out is guaranteed. You could go out any day of the week and have a good night. There's a massive variety of options and so no matter who you are you can always find something you'd enjoy.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
We had a BBQ, office drinks and pizza and another night for drinks as well as being invited to do netball. The netball had to be cancelled due to bad weather but still we were given the opportunity to interact with people on basically a weekly basis which was very fun.