1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I've really enjoyed my time at PwC. The people have all been really friendly, the work has been generally interesting, and it's been very rare that I've been looking at the clock to see when the end of the day is coming (in fact, I've often been very happy to go into overtime).
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Getting to know the people at PwC has been the best part of the internship. As well as being very approachable, everyone has been very helpful in teaching me the technical skills I've needed for the job. Even when talking to the in-charges of jobs I've worked on, I've been treated just as any other person, not just as an intern.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
PwC has been very good at providing guidance. They're well aware that the interns don't have all the technical capabilities required for the job when they start, and as such have been very willing to help when asked. Whenever I've not known something, I've always felt there was someone to ask.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I've had a great balance between being busy and not being overworked. It's been rare that I've not had things to do, apart from in the first few days. That said, despite being able to help with a lot of different parts of the work, I've not felt de-energised, and feel no more tired at the end of the internship than I did at the start.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
As an intern, I came into the internship with very limited knowledge of accounting, and as such it wasn't possible to take on a lot of responsibility from the get-go. That said, as I've learnt about different tasks, I feel in-charges have been very good at increasing the amount of responsibility I've had at an appropriate rate.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
In truth, the internship doesn't have any relevance for my degree. That said, I certainly wouldn't call it a waste of time. If I do end up taking on a graduate role, learning how to do the tasks I've performed while on this internship could end up being very helpful.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
In truth, I was rarely in the office while on this internship. I was away at a client site for 4 out of the 6 weeks, so didn't get to experience the office atmosphere that much. That said, when I have been around the office has been a really nice place to work. The interior has a great vibe.
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?
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
There were no perks with
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
At PwC there's often quite a high likelihood of converting internships into jobs. I haven't heard back about a potential offer for myself yet, but based off conversations with others in the office, as long as you perform well they're happy to take you. If I do get an offer, the likelihood is that I'll take it.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
As part of the job, you have to accept that you could be away at a client site for a while. While I've been away, I've been staying in a hotel because of the inaccessibility of the client. This has meant I've not really seen the other interns. It's not been too much of an issue for me, as I've still had the opportunity to get to know the other colleagues on the job, but it's something to bear in mind.
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?
I wasn't offered any chances to get involved with things outside of work. This was partly because of being away at a client site for so long, but also because I was only working at PwC temporarily. That said, I have been added to the fantasy football league, although that's very much an individual thing, not something you can do collectively with others from work.