1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Yes, had a great time. Really enjoyed spending time in the office with very experienced and knowledgeable staff. One thing I really appreciate about pwc is the people that work there as I feel ensuring they employed knowledgeable and social individuals was a key criteria. It is an environment I know I would like to work in.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Felt extremely valued right from the start. All colleagues understand we are coming from a position with very minimal knowledge of the industry and that they were in a very similar position however many years ago. For this reason, they make every effort to make you feel valued during your time with the firm.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
During my time, I worked with around four different teams and therefore received a range of levels of support. Some managers are very accommodating and encourage as many questions as possible. However, other managers are very reluctant to explain something more than once, so make sure you listen very intently.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Coming into this internship I was expecting a high volume of work every day and had heard horror stories from the induction about interns having to work year ends and staying in the office until past 9pm regularly. However, I felt very comfortable with my workload and was out the office by 6pm every night.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I did not expect to be given much responsibility and only thought I would be given very medial work. However, on one client visit my manager gave me the autonomy of having a one on one conversation with the client's finance director to raise queries regarding their control environment. Even in the office, I felt I was given important work to do.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I have only just finished the internship so have not had the opportunity to use my skills in my studies. However, whilst I do not feel it will aid my study skills too much. Nevertheless, I feel the immense addition to my commercial awareness will be a big help when I start back at university.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Very relaxed atmosphere. I was quite surprised about this when I first started and was shocked to see only a handful of people wearing suits. The vast majority were simply dressed in t shirts and jeans. There were also no set desks in the office and pwc employed 'hot desking' whereby you can sit where you would like each day
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Extremely well organised. From the start I was given access to the firm's Intranet and on here I could access my work schedule during my time here and view the different clients I would be working with. At no point was I sitting with nothing to do, every day had an agenda.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I felt pwc invested a lot of time and resources in me. The internship started with a 3 day training inductions at a 4 star country hotel. However, this was only a small part of my learning. I feel learning of the job constituted a much larger part of my development
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very good prospects. The majority of interns will receive the job offer. They have already invested so much in you and provided you do not mess up horrendously, I see no reason you would not get the job. However, this is just my experience, but the firm does say if there is a hint of underperformance, you will not be made an offer.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Weekly socials were organised. For example, girls can play netball and boys can play touch rugby. However, there is no mixed sports. End of the month office drinks are also good fun and lots of free drink provided. We even had an audit department social to go and see a musical.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Incredibly expenpensive. Rent cost me over £500 per month and about 200 a week on living expenses. However, I worked in a very social city and would be doing something every night, often with my work colleagues. However, I am sure this does not compare to London and would recommend avoiding there
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Very good but very expensive. Pints were about £5. However, starting work at 9 am every day severely restricted my time for going out. However, Fridays and Saturdays always had something going on. Even went on a few nights out with others from pwc which was good fun and very funny seeing people on Monday morning hungover
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes, there were a lot of socials organised. More than i expected, but less than uni friends spoke of from their time with other respective firms. Whilst i felt shy attending these initially, staff are very friendly and everyone always has a good time on socials. I hope they organise more