1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Overall it was a very good experience. I got some training, networking opportunities and good food during the internship induction.. After that they sent me to the local office following with good introductions. The people here were very supportive and I received some very good coaching. The pain point was the work phone: it was so old version and hard to use.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I think overall I felt valued by my team. Having received some training before joining the office, I was able to have a basic understanding of how things run in the firm. The seniors also would give you empowerment and real responsibilities with good coaching. So it would not be that difficult for you to add value to the team.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Overall I received great support from the team. In my very first day I got a buddy to help me embark and introduce everything I should know to me... When I was working on a project, there was always a team member available to help... What's more the career coach was also very supportive. She provided many constructive feedback and suggestions which I believe was very good for my personal development.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
It depends on the project.You would have some tasks to do, but usually as an intern, people did not want you to overwork and sometimes I could even leave slight earlier if I finished all the tasks. So overall it was not that long hours since summer is not the busy season for audit.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I got a decent level of responsibility during my internship. I worked with 4 different teams and worked on many different type of work. In the end of the internship people even tried to give me some tasks which a full time associate with over 6 months experience should usually do. I appreciated the good coaching and empowerment.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I am not 100% sure about to what extent it will help my study, but i agree that I have developed a lot thanks to this internship experience. I enhanced my excel skills and accounting knowledge significantly.. And the team working skills and client facing experience I gained was also priceless.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
PwC Gatwick office was no doubt a fantastic regional office. Everything here was supportive and I enjoyed working with team totally. The associates were very helpful and the senior staff were also very supportive. I could see mutual support and good relationships in the office. Overall, in my view the general atmosphere at Gatwick office is very good.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I think it was overall a very organised one. I got a timetable of the whole induction so I knew what I would face. My career coach created very clear calendar events so it was easy for me to find out what I need to do next. Usually the project team members would contact me then provided information i needed, for example clients locations..though sometimes they would not.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I think PwC is investing generously in its interns and trainees. Although as an intern, I cannot join the ICAEW training but I can see that all the associate trainees had a decent amount of time to study training courses which were paid by the firm. Overall I think it is good.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I think it is an attractive opportunity for me. PwC is very good at training its people, and the learning curve I had during the internship suggested me that it would be a very good place to start my career. PwC will also provide some promotion and transfer opportunities after qualifying.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes I think there was, overall. In the beginning of the internship, you can expect to get many networking and social opportunities to know other interns and colleagues all around the UK. During the internship there were also some social event like cricket watching so I think overall it was good.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The PwC Gatwick office is based in Crawley so the living cost is not that bad compared with London. It has good public transport link so theoretically the trains can take you to anywhere. If you like the life in London you can also live in London since the transportation link is not bad and you can expect clients from London if you work at Gatwick office.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
I had not experienced any nightlife at Crawley but had some fun in London. Since Crawley office is quite close to London so you can choose where you live wisely, then you can make sure that you can work at a regional office but enjoy the city life in London.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
I think there are some opportunities for people to get involved in activities outside of work. I can see that people in my office joined volunteering activities with local communities, and some had sports activities which was pretty good. During the summer the first intake of interns can also join the summer ball.