1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my placement at the PwC Leeds Office in Risk Assurance. I looked forward to going into work everyday and especially enjoyed being given work that allowed me to contribute to the team. The internship also went very quickly and each week was completely different to the next. I enjoyed this variety and ensured that I remained interested throughout.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt extremely valued by my colleagues and peers. From Day 1, everyone was friendly, supportive and caring which immediately made me feel at ease and part of the team. I was trusted to complete work on my own accord and worked alongside colleagues from all grades, which made me feel respected and reduced the boundaries between intern and managers. I couldn't thank my team enough for generally just being lovely people!
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was assigned a Buddy who supported me throughout my internship. My Buddy gave me advice on the general day-to-day running of the firm and showed me how to carry out simple tasks whenever I had any queries. Due to us not being far in age, I was able to receive age-related guidance from my transition from uni to the workplace. My Career Coach also provided some support in regard to the next steps of my career.
However, advice for seeking other opportunities and potential other lines of service was limited, as the process seems to be disjointed and managers are poorly informed of this.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
For the majority of my internship, I was given work that ensure my working hours were filled. There was several days where I was not provided with much work, where I had to use my own initiative to seek work. My Buddy, Career Coach and the resourcing team were available to ask for any opportunities but to no avail. However, these quiet periods were limited. My days were never too busy that I felt pressured to work anti-social hours.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given autonomous work to do throughout my placement. The wider reaching impact of this work was limited and involved doing menial work that higher grades did not wish to complete. This did provide me with a good skill set and the level of work I conducted is to be expected from a 6 week internship.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The area from which I did my internship is not directly related to my degree programme. However, with learning to code and using visualisation tools, I will be able to use these in my dissertation. The transferable skills of communication, time management and people skills will be something I can apply regardless of my career choices.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office is split into 3 floors in Leeds. PwC operate a hot desking system meaning you can sit anywhere you please, however, the consensus remains than individual teams sit together. The area I sat in was a very social area which was relaxed and did not follow a standard work set up. However, some areas of the office were much quieter and made you feel awkward if you made too much noise.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
We were informed rather late of a training induction that would take place outside of my home office. I felt the timing of this was rather inconvenient. Responsibility for work and support came from my team and I felt that the recruitment team played a rather limited role in organising the work placement. Often, it was clear there was a lack of communication between recruitment and my team. There was also a lack of social activities for interns.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There was an all expenses paid 3 day training induction at the start of the internship which was a good experience to begin with. However, this level of training was not consistent throughout the entire internship. I felt any training that happened after was carried out using my own initiative
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The future job prospect is something I may be interested in the future.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There were a few social throughout the internship, but these were not weekly.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I lived at home but food and bars were pretty cheap.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Not too sure as there were no evening events, but Leeds has lots of bars and clubs .
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There are social clubs that are run in PwC but I did not have a chance to experience any of these.