1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt that so many people at PwC was extremely helpful, caring and invested in my personal development. Not only the formal connections but also anyone you were sitting near/in your team were all incredibly willing to offer guidance and walk me through the tasks I was assigned several times.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was partnered with a 'buddy' (someone a few years ahead of you) and a 'career coach' (someone at least a couple of grades ahead of you). Both of these contacts were incredibly invested in my development and particularly my buddy was incredibly friendly and went above and beyond to make me feel valued.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
There were some extremely busy periods and some quieter periods. Overall I felt supported in how I managed my time if I was up front with how many projects and other commitments I had. This ensured that I always had some work to complete but also that I could arrange time for catch ups with various members of the team.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Given a large amount of responsibility in terms of managing our own time and workload for the most part. However most of the work we completed was a very basic level - as expected on an internship. But it was a great start to build skills and get to understand the world of accounting.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I felt that the training I completed was completely representative of what associates do in their day to day work at PwC. As such the skills in navigating their systems, the understanding of accounting terminology and how company accounts work will be invaluable for a grad scheme at the Big 4.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship programme was not particularly heavily structured. This was because it was set up in the style of a 'One Deals' programme which meant that you got to rotate around the different business units. As there was no formal structure this meant you had to build your own network to navigate your way around the firm.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
We received a 3 day residential training event at the start of our placement to help us familiarise ourselves with the company, systems and inform us on the self-teaching available to get us up to date with the latest technology. I received constant training on the job by my peers.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
It was great. There were a number of organised social events and we often grouped together as interns to go out at least once a week after work. This involved going to pubs/bars near the office and also firm events such as the Corporate Finance rounders tournament that was organised by PwC.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Being based in central London the cost of living is incredibly high. A number of interns did find it difficult to afford rent, travel and lunch costs but this was eased by getting a few days payment at the start of our internship due to our starting week falling at the end of the month.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were numerous opportunities for outside activities such as organised events (staff parties, celebratory drinks and sporting socials). There was also informal activities organised frequently by teams and friends which people were really lovely to invite the interns along to to help us feel welcome and included in the wider team and network.