1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed my internship with Pwc. The team I worked with were extremely welcoming and I was able to ask them any questions whenever I was unsure about something. I feel like I learned a lot during my time with PwC although it was only 6 weeks and the work was always interesting.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My colleagues were very approachable and they valued my input in discussions and would always listen when I had questions or ideas. My team always thanked me when I completed a piece of work and gave me feedback on how I had performed. I was always made to feel part of the team.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager/supervisor was always on hand to help me with any questions I had. They spent time showing me how to use the computer software and then were able to assign me achievable tasks to complete. They also challenged me by giving me a good variety of tasks to do.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was always very busy at work which was good because I was never sitting board with nothing to do. I was fortunate to be booked on a job where there was always work to be done so this meant I was able to get a real feel for what the job entails.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a good amount of responsibility during my internship. I was given tasks that were important for the job so it was interesting to see how my work could impact the job I was working on. This meant I was able to take pride in my work and also see where I fitted in to the bigger picture.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I feel like I have gained many skills which are transferable and can be used in the future. The communication skills required during my placement have definitely been useful and will stand me in good stead for any future career. I also learned technical skills relating to the job I was doing.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office had a very friendly atmosphere and also had a very modern feel to it. The office also would sometimes hold social events so it was always a friendly place to work. People were very approachable and everyone seemed to get on well with each other, especially in the team I was working with.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship was well organised and all of the interns from my office were put in contact with each other before starting the internship which was a good way to try and get to know each other. The internship was then just an opportunity to work with a team and try to learn as you go.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
My supervisor was extremely helpful and always put time off with me to help me develop. The company sent all the interns for a few days in London for training and this was a great way to meet all the interns and also learn key aspects of the job before starting in the office.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I am due to find out whether I have the job offer on the last day of the internship. I would love to come and work for the company again when I graduate as I had a really great experience doing the internship. It is a great place to work.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
All of the interns were great. We made sure to meet for lunch most days when we could and we also organised many social events outside of work. We completed and escape room, went out for dinner on a few occasions and even attended a ceilidh as well as organising an office quiz for our last day.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I commuted into work from home. The area itself is rather expensive for lunch and some social activities however it is a central location in a city centre so this was expected. The office was also easy to commute to which helped me a lot as the train price with a railcard was reasonable.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There are lots of bars located in the area I worked and the nightlife in the centre was very active. If you like somewhere with a good nightlife then this was a very good area to be in as there was a good range and variety of venues to choose from.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
The firm has various clubs and societies that you can join which are open to everyone. There was a very good range of sports clubs including netball and basketball as well as organised hikes and other activities. The firm also had volunteering days where they gave back to the community.