External Audit at PwC

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Duration
Internship (1-4 Months)
Region
Birmingham Europe
Review Date
Salary
£18,000 - £19,999
Roles
Auditing/Tax

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7.6/10

The Role
7.7
Organisation
7.2

Socialising

8.0

The Role

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

It was enjoyable, the workplace is very friendly and everyone is eager to help. Didn't encounter any individuals that would make working unpleasant or difficult. The work was satisfying as you felt you were actually contributing, and I was provided opportunity to interact with clients. Some of the work offered to interns isn't massively stimulating but this is expected as some tasks wouldn't be suitable for an intern.

7/10

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2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

I felt valued when part of my audit teams and when around the office. I was treated as if i were a full time member of staff and not just there for a short amount of time. Colleagues would entrust me with tasks and wouldn't undermine for disregard my ideas

9/10

3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

There is a very good support network on the internship, including your in-charge on the particular job, a career coach who collates feedback, and a buddy who you can ask more simple non technical questions to. Support/guidance was always available when required and you felt like you could ask anyone in the office for help, not just those in your support network.

9/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

When out on client site i was always busy and never found myself bored or waiting for things to do, nor did i find myself over-worked. In the office work was less intense and on occasion i found myself with downtime which sometimes extended into lengthy periods without work. (it should be noted my internship was in a quiet period for audit so this is expected)

6/10

5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

I was given an appropriate amount of responsibility for my grade. The work assigned to me felt important and i was working independently. Any work i did produce was reviewed meaning you don't need to worry that your mistakes are final. Could have handled a bit more responsibility especially after the first few weeks.

7/10

6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

I definitely developed my technical IT skills, especially in excel, which i will continue to use at uni (e.g. in organising my studies) and which i expect to use in any future job i have. I have built on my time management skills and ability to work independently which are vital at uni and in the workplace.

8/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

8/10

8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

Work was well organised into PwC's audit software. It was easy to follow, although it did require training to initially understand. Interns were all provided with the equipment (laptop, work phone) and stationary, which was free of course, needed to stay organised and i didn't encounter an unorganised setup in my time there.

9/10

9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

5/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Company Parties/Events
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
  • Above 25 days holiday
5/10

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

There is a very clear line of progression with the firm with opportunities for self development (doing a professional accounting qualification). They are also very flexible with terms of employment, offering chance to change line of service and transfer to other offices (per your needs), as long as you meet the vetting process.

9/10

Social

12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

Your in a workplace with many people similar to your won age so the social scene is very good. They seem to recruit like minded people for their internship so its really easy to get on with fellow interns. Socials where made available and i had a really great time with colleagues.

10/10

13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

8/10

14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

9/10

15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

5/10

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