1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
My experience at PwC has been totally invaluable. The internship was really structured, I knew what I was doing at any time during my time there. The people were extremely caring and everyone gave me meaningful work to do that could push the project forward. The variety of the work was also really appreciated.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Everyone made incredible efforts to make you feel part of the team. I never felt there was a difference in seniority levels, and I felt truly appreciated throughout. Whoever I reached out was willing to have a chat with me about their work and to show me what kind of extra work they were involved with.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was highly supported by my line manager and senior associates throughout any project. I was able to reach out to them at any time, if I had any type of questions, and I was reminded multiple times that there were no silly questions. I felt at ease while talking to managers.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
As per any normal job, there were days I had a lot to do, and others were there was less work to be done. Nonetheless, I was able to reach out to many people and I was given work that I could do during downtime of specific projects (e.g. data analysis using data analytics tool such as PowerBI or Tableau).
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given really a lot of responsibility during the placement, ranging from collecting minutes during meetings, upon which findings would have been captured, to leading a presentation for work experience for Year 12 students. I had the chance to be as involved as I wanted and if I wanted to take ownership of anything, I could have asked for it and worked it through with my manager/coach.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I improved massively my communication skills, thanks to the presentations I was able to lead in the Year 12 work experience. I was also able to improve my digital skills, by using data analytics tools that I am hoping to use in my final year of university during my research project.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere was absolutely fantastic. The work environment is totally not as corporate as people would imagine; the policy at PwC is 'dress for the day' meaning that it is up to how you want to dress, based on the commitments you have throughout the day. Everyone was really friendly.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I was really impressed with the organisation of the internship. Starting from the 3-day residential to the actual placement, everything seemed to have been planned. Interns had a career coach and buddy to reach out to for any inconvenience and I was able to make the most out of my experience thanks to the organisation of the placement.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
PwC invested so much resources on me. They cared about our initial development by sending us for 3 days to a residential induction training (all paid for by PwC); then they provided access to different platforms to learn more about topics that could interest us, widening our knowledge and skillset.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Manchester is an incredibly affordable city. Everything is within reach from the office and prices are totally doable. Compared to London, it is much less chaotic and I felt the salary I was given was more than enough to cover for accommodation, food and leisure time (including gym, cinema etc.).
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes, there were! During my placement, I attended an Away Day for the entire line of service in the North, and we all went to a park to do some really crazy activity such as zip lining, or bouldering, go-karts or cup-cake making. We also had a Sports Day that ended up with a nice evening reception!