1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
This was a great internship! I feel like I learnt a lot about the company, and was taught a lot of transferable skills. The company sets you up with a buddy and a career coach, which ensures that you are constantly given the guidance you need to ensure the placement is tailored to you.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt like the work I was doing was adding a real contribution to the team, this meant that I felt valued and respected in the company. One of the members of the team actively encouraged me to come to the Edinburgh office to meet other members of the team, to ensure I would
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
PwC is a great company to work for in terms of support. You are given a buddy who helps you settle in on your first couple of days and helps to introduce you to the team. You also have a career coach who ensures you are guided by your goals and the internship benefits you.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Most days I was busy and had a lot of things to do and keep me occupied. I sometimes felt like there should maybe there should be a list of tasks or training we can do continuously over the course of the placement. This would ensure we are not continuously annoying and asking people for more work to do.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a lot of responsibility throughout my internship, to do tasks but also to learn how to use specific programmes. Even though you are given this responsibility, you are given the support and guidance you need throughout. This is a great way to ensure you gain the confidence needed for the role.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
So many of the skills were transferable, not only the technical skills for specific programmes, but also people skills, which can be transferred not only to university but also to everyday life and future interviews. We received some great training to guide us with these skills to help us real our full potential
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere was great in the office, everyone was so friendly to ensure you integrated well into the team and also the company. It was great that whilst we were there there were so many social activities which ensured we met as many people in the company as possible !
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The work placement was very well organised. We had a trip to London organised for us which allowed us to meet as many people from the company as possible. This was really smoothly run and a great start to the internship. throughout the internship, everything was run smoothly due to the buddy system helping us to settle in.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The internship included a huge amount of training and time spent in my career development. The company also ensures the development is tailored to things which interested myself and what I wanted to pursue a career in. Everyone I met in the company was interested in developing my skillset and career.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Future prospects are really great within the company. There is a huge chance of gaining a place on the grad scheme but the skills you learn are so transferable to future job interviews elsewhere. The company seems like a great company to work for, with huge chances for personal development.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes, all of us interns get on very well, and this was likely due to our team bonding whilst in London. this was a great chance for us to get to know everyone before the internship had even began. And this ensured that we had a great foundation to build a friendship on.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I live in my student flat so costs werent too expensive. The site was based in the centre of glasgow which ensures it was easy to get to from everywhere. There were lots of easy and cheap lunch places to get food from nearby and a microwave and canteen so you could bring your own food.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
We didn't go on any nights out as a group but the Glasgow scene has a great variety of places to go. Most are nearby the office so easy to go to after work if you felt like it.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There are lots of activities, there is a sports and social group to get involved in, with an activity for everyone to get involved in. There are often drinks in the office which are an easy way to meet different people from different teams and areas in the office .