1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Overall the experience was memorable and I did enjoy it for the most part. The work in itself wasn't as exciting as hoped but the people are the best part. You have the possibility to meet a lot of new interesting people and network and the friendships and connections you make will stay with you.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was unfortunate to be resourced onto a very large project, where 90+ people were on it on any one time. This meant that the relationships I would have liked to cultivate were simply not possible.
The work I did was appreciated, mainly as it was holiday time it was other people's work I had to cover and so was even more appreciated. But I did not build strong relationships with my team, mainly the other interns as well as my buddy.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The senior manager on my project was as helpful as one could be, given his significant responsibilities. However, what really made a difference was having a Career Coach follow your personal and professional development, and mine served as a point of contact for literally any questions I had. It really made a difference.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
This was a really bad aspect of my personal experience, given the project I was on was so large and so highly technical I was not given much responsibility. I was part of the PMO Team, which in itself is not the most exciting work, but when there was work I definitely kept busy and did my best. However, there were a couple days a week where I had nothing much to do and was generally killing time.
The worst thing was that I was on client site away from London, so couldn't even network and meet people. Friday's will be the best as it is when you will join everyone back in London. Make the most of your Fridays.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Given the highly technical nature of the project I wasn't given much responsibility, especially at first. Through the very (very) small tasks I was given I managed to build trust and was eventually given a much bigger piece of work along with the other junior member of the team. This gave me more freedom and responsibility, which meant more stress because unfortunately most of my team were off the last few weeks due to it being holiday season. But I managed and it is the piece of work I am most proud of.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I will forever be using the excel and powerpoint skills I developed, that will be about it. My biggest skills were learnt at the induction during my first week where I presented and discussed non-stop, so my communication and presentation skills definitely improved. My confidence as well, I am not the most confident person but this role absolutely helped.
I didn't do many technical things, but again, that was just me being unlucky in my project.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The London office is absolutely incredible. The people are friendly and the general vibe is very relaxed. But again this might just be because I was there only on Friday's, where everyone convenes back to their base office and essentially just networks and chats with various different people.
Client site was a different thing, but that is not a reflection of the company itself.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Somewhat well organised.
The first week was the most structured, we had networking events with other interns, dinners with the partners, and socials all the time. We also had classes with other people from our Line of Service and Senior Associates and up as our teachers. This was very helpful.
After that it really depended on which project you were put on. I would say about half of us ended up being happy with theirs and the other half not so happy, me included.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
They definitely invest a lot of time and effort (and resources) in your development. We have access to PwC online learning platforms and there are various lunch and learns and TownHalls.
Unfortunately I wasn't able to attend all of these as I was on client site, but they are available.
The good thing is that PwC definitely recognises their investment and most people end up getting the grad job.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I was lucky enough to be offered the grad job, which I will seriously be considering. However, I am not 100% sure this is where I want to be, but that is up to the individual. I am trying to not let my personal experience cloud my judgement as there are many other interns who had amazing experiences on their projects.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
This was probably the best part. All the interns in my intake were up for going out and having dinner, drinks, etc. We formed quite a tight-knit group. Although not all interns participated everyone had the chance to, we had a WhatsApp group where we shared all our plans. We even interacted with many other interns from other lines of service so that was good in terms of understanding their roles in the company.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I lived in London but was on client side outside, so it really depended. In London the cost of living is very high, and also socialising if you end up going to bars. Most of us interns ended up getting drinks from the Tescos and hanging out outside in the sun and drinking, which was much cheaper. When we did go to bars it wasn't too expensive but it also wasn't cheap.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Amazing. People are always up for having a good time. The area around the office is full of other offices as well as pubs and bars, and on Friday's everyone just goes out and has fun. This was one of my favourite aspects of the internship. I really recommend partaking in socials and outings as it does make a difference.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
We had a football social at my project every week, and we sometimes organised dinners. But generally not many activities were available, or I simply didn't look well enough. All activities I participated in were found with other interns outside of the company sphere. So yes there were activities to get involved with in London, as it has various things going on always.