1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
This was a very well organised internship. You receive lots of support from your career coach, your buddy and your team. There is never a moment when you are sat there with no work to do, but on the flip side you don't have to work too long hours or overtime.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Teams actively request interns, which means that there is actively work there for you to do and you feel as if you make an impact for the team. My team was really welcoming and helpful, so you definitely feel valued as an intern and not as if you are there to make coffee etc...
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
You are assigned a career coach and a buddy who both check in regularly and help you with any questions you might have. Senior members of your team are also very welcoming and you work alongside them, so there is lots of support and guidance throughout your internship, and people are always ready to give advice.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Teams actively have to make a request for an intern, which means that you are assigned to teams that want / need you. As a result, you are very busy and always have valuable work to do, however, you are never working too late or feel as if you are too busy.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
The team gives lots of responsibility to their interns and does not treat them as if they are not meant to be there. During my internship I was given lots of work to 'own' throughout the 8 weeks, which included presenting to clients and working with key stakeholders alongside your team
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The time management training and presentation skills will definitely be useful in both my degree and in my career. The technical skills that you learn, using excel and microsoft platforms, will also be easily applied to uni work and also to more technical work that may happen later in your career. You also learn a lot of networking skills that will help throughout your career
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The PwC office is very relaxed and a nice atmosphere to work in. However, when you are working at the client site, which I was doing Monday to Friday morning, the atmosphere is less relaxed as you feel that you are 'under scrutiny'. The team had a room within the clients office however, which had a much more relaxed atmosphere
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The firm does not see you as just an intern, they see you as a potential future employee, so they invest a lot of time in your development and training. You learn a lot of skills which are applicable to future life and your career, so it is a valuable internship for both you and the firm
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
There were no perks with
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I have accepted an offer to return to the firm in September 2020. I am very excited, and hope to catch up with many colleagues that I worked with throughout the internship. There is a clear career progression path / ladder that you can follow once you are a member of the firm.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes, there is definitely a great social scene amongst the fellow interns, because since you are not with each other Monday to Thursday, everyone makes an effort to catch up on Friday and therefore there is a well organised social scene with your fellow interns. There is a also well organised social structure within your teams, who are happy to socialise with the interns.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?