Audit intern, helped with the audit of insurance companies
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Everyone was extremely helpful, and this made for a very welcoming environment. Although we were in an office, it didn't feel nowhere near as stressful as what I had expected.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
We were given a buddy and a career coach, who were always checking up and being helpful to make sure that we were ok. On top of this many people in our teams and offices were always around to help or interact with.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
As I had said, we had a buddy and a career coach who both helped out a lot to make sure we were always on top of our work. They had also made sure any concerns we had were dealt with in the correct manner and what was comfortable for us.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
We were on client engagements through out the internship, but we were also given a lot of time to actually explore the office and have catch-ups with people in areas we were interested in. This meant we experienced work but also got to learn about pwc as a whole.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
We were given a fair amount of work to cover, although it wasn't a huge amount of work. I feel like they couldn't give us a huge amount because a lot of the work is heavily regulated and must be completed by someone with the relevant experience.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
This gave me a great insight into the world of work, and office life. It also helped me a lot in terms of time management and working effectively. Furthermore I was able to meet with the actuarial department, as I am studying actuarial science. So it was good to learn how university work applies to real life work and the type of work that they do. It would definitely help me later in life.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Atmosphere was very relaxed. Everyone was responsible for themselves, so if they were busy they would work, however other may be more relaxed. It was good because it meant that you make sure you get your work done but you're not over stressing.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship was set up very well. The structure of everything from the induction, to getting our laptops and phones to the end is all very seamless. Also with the help of our career coach and buddy, the whole process in general wasn't difficult at all.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company had invested a lot of time and help into my personal development. As I was in an audit internship but from an actuarial science degree, I wanted to learn more about actuarial science. They helped a lot to set up meetings with the actuarial science team, as well as shadowing opportunities which were very insightful.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
They are very appealing. I would love to work here in a graduate job because I know that it is a very nice place to work at but they also help us develop our careers a lot. Also there are many departments to choose from.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes it was very good because a lot of the time, we were working around each other, therefore it meant we usually had lunch together and after work especially on fridays we went out.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
As I live from home the cost of living was just as normal, however London can be quite expensive. Although there were some decent food places nearby which weren't that expensive.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
London is great for nightlife so much to choose from!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
People were always suggesting different activities, especially if there were benefits through PwC.