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The experience was much better than I had ever anticipated, I have learned so much in such a short space of time - the 8 weeks I was at PwC flew by. I am dreading the return to university and am looking very forward to getting back at PwC for a full time job.
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I always felt very valued by all of my colleagues, they were very open and constantly checking up on me to see if everything was alright and whether or not I needed any extra help. They were great at explaining things to me and I feel that I can always go to my team to discuss trivial matters. They constantly gave me feedback and showed me the positive impact my work had on the project.
There was a wealth of support and guidance available for the entirety of my internship. I had a career coach to answer more consulting or formal questions related to work at PwC or just my progression whom I set goals with. I was further assigned a buddy to help answer more informal questions that was nice to have catch-ups with. This was all complemented by having such a welcoming team whom I could immediately come to address any concerns of mine.
I was never forced to leave the office past 5:30pm, the work was always very varied and I always had stuff to do hence was kept quite busy. Although I always had work that had to be done it was not all urgent and expected to be completed immediately so there was a very good balance for me to work at a manageable pace.
I was given a fair bit of responsibility taking part in client workshops from the first week on the project, emailing clients directly and even getting positive feedback from them directly. My work included combining drafts, final documents and even quality checking so I was given a fair amount of responsibility but was always getting the required assistance where necessary.
The skills I have learned on the internship will always stay with me these range from Excel functions that I have become proficient in that can help with my university modelling within chemical engineering to more soft skills that will help when interacting with pretty much anyone in society. The confidence I have gained will never be lost and the client was also related to my degree as I met many chemical engineers who provided me with useful advice.
The office follows an open floor plan with no partner offices meaning everyone is in the same room and does not lead to any sort of exclusivity. It is also very easy to book meeting rooms and there is a great encouragement to work collaboratively. There are also some more chilled out areas to work in when looking to get a bit more creative or space out from work a bit.
Seamless - everyone was allocated a project straight away and loved their experience. We all got to give initial preferences of sectors and pretty much everyone I spoke with got to work on a project they wanted to and if they did not had the option to easily transfer. Each person had a career coach and buddy that worked directly with you on your development and work towards goals. The residential was amazing as it gave a nice brief overview and a chance to network with the cohort and more senior members of the firm.
The company did everything to invest in us the residential was second to none a great social setting to network but also classes separated by line of service to learn more about each profession. Getting on projects straight away enabled you to quickly learn on the job and having all expenses paid getting to travel truly gave a feel for the management consultant's lifestyle.
I was fortunate enough to receive a job offer from the firm and would love to come work for them next year. It has truly been an experience of a lifetime, pretty much everyone I have spoken to shares my views and has received a job offer to return the following year.
Yes, as a result of the early residential which got everyone to know each other early, when in the office we all made an effort to socialise. As schedules can get busy and with travel a usual plan to go out for a meal on fridays became a tradition and with teams on client site we always had dinner together.
I live at home so well yeah cheap as chips, I have not looked into rent in the local area however, the vast underground transport network means that I am sure interns like many can live a few zones outside of central London and make a slightly further commute. This I am sure will save money and interns have definitely benefited overall financially following the internship.
The area is extremely busy, there is always a massive buzz being so central by London bridge. There are always things to do in the area and so our group socials vary vastly each year - as there are so many options in London there are also some more relaxing places to go if that is what individuals are looking for.
Yes many, the firm offers discounted vouchers for activities individuals can take part in such as theatre plays and outings. There are also many networks that hold social events after working hours and sporting groups that hold for example five a side tournaments all over the world giving people the extra chance to travel also.