1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The company has a great community in the Bristol office, making it an enjoyable place to work when everyone's about on Fridays. The colleagues on each project were friendly, creating a great environment to work in.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Colleagues constantly expressed their gratitude for my efforts and work delivered. Feedback was provided at the end of project work which highlighted the value of contributions to the team.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
There was always someone I could speak to if I had any problems during my internship. Before starting the internship I was given a buddy and career coach, and on each project I was provided with a supervisor and line manage. During the project I was given responsibility for certain tasks, which I could ask for additional clarity at any point.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The workload varied, on one project the days were very different and could be very busy (though was never expected to stay late) or they could be quite light on work. On my other projects there was always something to do that was contributing to the project.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given clear responsibility over certain outcomes, which was great to work towards and see my progress and contribution at the end of the project. I was able to create and deliver content to the client with little management after the first week.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The role was very much suited to specific modules I'd selected for final year, so could easily incorporate the skills I've learnt during the internship. PwC provide great training at the beginning of the internship which includes presenting skills and improving confidence - great for a future career.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office atmosphere was great, lots of young colleague who are very friendly and welcoming. the office environment encouraged you to take time away from your desk and speak with other colleagues about their experience and how they can help you reach your goals. Walking meetings outside were also encouraged to refresh.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship was well organised, with a 3 day residential at the beginning of the internship where interns from every UK office, and all line of service were together to receive the same training. There were plenty of opportunities during this time to get to know other interns across the company and improve networking skills.
Due to the nature of consulting, the project I was scheduled on was delayed and there was a few days which I spent waiting to be assigned a project which wasn't ideal. However, people about in the office were able to teach me about their projects and provide little tasks for me to work on.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
We were required to create goals at the beginning of the internship, and share these with the supervisors on each project. This meant they were able to provide opportunities to for me to work towards my goals and guidance from their experience in the company. PwC has a great online training tool that we were encouraged to use, learning skills and more about the company.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The company has great graduate roles, focused on training. There is clear progression through the graduate programme, with a standard promotion rate and an accelerated pathway. There are great corporate packages and employees are well looked after. However, the graduate salary is less competitive than other consulting firms, especially within the regions (outside London).
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
In the Bristol office there were fewer interns, with most being away during the week, however we found time to socialise together outside of work. Colleagues were very social, suggesting coffee breaks together, arranging lunches which involved everyone. Most Friday's the associates and senior associates would go out for a drink or two after work together, and most would socialise on weekends.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Bristol is fairly expensive, most interns lived in their university accommodation in Bristol or Bath and commuted (train between Bath and Bristol is £5.60 a day return with a rail card). Others lived at their parents in Bristol, only one sofa surfed between family and friends places for their 6 week internship. Socialising is more expensive than expected, however cheaper than London.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Good, lots going on in Bristol with lots of people about in the evenings. Plenty of bars and clubs to choose from.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Not something PwC really talked about or I researched about Bristol. Think this depended on which project you had been assigned, as other interns would spend time with their team playing rounders, cricket, BBQing etc outside of work. This was more common on larger projects with big teams, however my project team was less than 10 people so there wasn't much of a social project scene outside working hours.