1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I feel like I have really experienced what it is like to work at PwC, even if I have only been here 6 weeks. the people have been very friendly, approachable and helpful and I have been made to feel as if I have made a valid contribution while I have been here.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was encouraged to ask as many questions as I needed to, and was constantly reassured that no question was ridiculous. Everyone I spoke to took the time to really explain why we were doing certain tasks, instead of just explaining how to do them. I received constant feedback and I was always made to feel as if my contribution was valued.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
For each job that I worked on I was assigned someone who was my 'go to'. They would give me work and make sure I was ok. I had a Buddy who I could contact if I needed help with tasks such as admin. A career coach to make sure I got the best out of my internship. Each and every person who i spoke to was happy to share their experiences and offer support whenever it was needed.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
On the whole I was the perfect level of busy over the 6 weeks. I had a few days which were incredibly busy and where I felt that I needed to work late to finish my work, though this wasn't expected of my (though I was fully aware that it would be had I been a full associate). I also had a couple of days which were quieter, but I was always given something to do.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was trusted to manage my work load, even working from home for a couple of days. I was given work and left to it, being encouraged to ask questions as I needed to. I really felt as if I was given the same amount of responsibility that a junior member of staff would.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I am completing a Degree in Accounting and Finance, so of course this was right up my street! It was really helpful to put some of my learning into practise and it helped me to understand some of the more difficult concepts. I came away understanding a lot more than I did before I went in, though I am also aware of how much more there is to learn.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
I split my time between the office and client sites. The actual office is lovely; clean, well laid out, excellent facilities. The people are really friendly and the hot desk layout works really well, I was a bit nervous about this, but you get used to it quickly. It was very relaxed in the office.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
My experience of the internship was incredibly smooth. The 3 day residential was very well organised and I reported to the office with my jobs booked for the rest of the internship. I was given the tools to make sure that I took charge of where I needed to be and when, and was then left to manage myself - with help and support where required.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There was obviously a large investment in the internship. The 3 day residential provided starter training, giving a basic overview. The rest of the internship was set up around learning on the job, which is a very similar experience to the graduate programme, though of course this includes College for the ACA.
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?
I have received very good feedback while I have been on the internship, and i find out tomorrow if I have a graduate job offer. As this is such a large firm, a large number of Interns are made graduate job offers. I really hope I get the chance to come back and work here next year.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I attended 3 social activities in the 6 weeks I have been here, though there were also some that i didn't attend. These socials were free of charge and everyone was encouraged to socialise and have fun. Some of the other interns also made their own arrangements outside of work but this was occasionally difficult due to people being out on Client sites.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
n/a I can't really comment on this as I live on the outskirts of Manchester and so got the Tram in every morning.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The office is in a really lovely part of Manchester City Centre. There are many nice Bars, Restaurants and Coffee Shops.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were many opportunities to get involved in activities. There were invitations to Yoga classes, free or discounted gym visits, walking tours, social events including activity days and sports day. These were all of the formal arrangements. There was also many informal arrangements as well, though I didn't take part in many of these.