1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The work at PwC (Indirect tax Birmingham) was very enjoyable and there was lots to learn and get involved with. There were a variety of tasks and people from different levels of the team delegated me work which meant that i got involved with a wide variety of work. I had the chance to work with everyone from the associate's up to the partner.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Everyone was very welcoming and made an effort to speak to me and get to know me, as the internship draws to a close, I feel like I've become part of the team. Everyone was happy to give me work and help me out whenever I needed it. They gave me meaningful work and when it came to feedback they took out time from their busy schedules to give me valuable feedback.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Each task I was allocated was explained to me and there was opportunity to ask any questions. If at any point during the task I needed help there was always someone willing to guide me. I was assigned a buddy who was an associate and generally I would ask him every day questions. I was also assigned a career coach who I met with 3 times for feedback and he was always available over the phone.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The workload varied from day to day. Some days were busier than others. On these days I would have to prioritise my workload and order tasks according to their urgency. Other days were slower, but this is to be expected with the nature of the business, on these days I shadowed colleagues and did some self study.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given responsibility to complete the tasks I was given on time, this was always possible as I understood that my work fed into a larger piece for a client. I was also given the responsibility to liaise with one of PwC international offices, which was a valuable experience. It was reassuring that all the work I carried out was checked and reviewed to ensure it was correct.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The training provided by PwC was great. Before arriving at our base offices, all interns attended a 3 day residential training in Windsor. This involved lots of training in each area of our in of service as well as learning to use some of PwC's IT systems. We all took part in team building which was a great opportunity to meet the other interns. A lot of the training was PwC/Line of Service specific.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Everyone is very friendly and kind. Everyone is professional and the team is tight knit. The team i was based on are very focused on their work and as it is a place of work that's exactly how it should be, but they still have a chat through the day. I know other teams are more chatty.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The residential training was seamless, every detail was thought through, including an extra nights accommodation for those travelling to the location of the training. The communication from the recruitment team before joining was clear and directed us on what to do as part of on-boarding. The internship itself was also very organised with weekly emails to tell us what to expect that week.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The residential training shows how much the company invests in its people, it was very high quality. On the graduate programme depending on line of service the firm may pay for you to g to college and gain a professional qualification, again the firm invests a great deal in its associates.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
At the end of the internship there is the opportunity to get a graduate job on the team which you worked on, if you receive good feedback from the team. this is subject to you meeting other criterias such as atchieveing a 2:1 or above in your degree at uni.
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?
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?