1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
From the start you can see how much time and effort has gone in to the Summer Internship scheme. You are sent to a hotel to start your residential training and this really helps you get up to speed with the kind of work you are about to start on.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Everyone I have met during my time is willing to help you grow and drop whatever they are doing to help you. You can approach anyone for help and the buddy and career coach system was something I found particularly useful, as you can ask your buddy the more "silly" questions.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Everyone is assigned a career coach and this is someone who insures you are on track to meet your goals that you set at the start of your period of work. They can then help you realise this goals and help you think of new ways you can go about your work.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was based in the pensions team and found myself very busy for the duration of my internship! However I found that the work was always varied even though I was here for 6 weeks. By talking to the other interns I found they weren't as busy, so if you like lots of work, apply for the pensions team!
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
The only reason I haven't rated this section as a 10 is due to the fact that all the work you do as an intern gets checked. However, this is really understandable as we are brand new to the field and are still learning lots about the job. But once I was given a piece of work i was free to be as independent as I like, whilst still being able to ask for work.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I have left this very neutral as I am from an engineering background, therefore most of the qualitative information I have learnt won't be relevant to my degree. However, I am now wishing to pursue this line of work and therefore the things I've learnt here will be very useful. There was also a lot of opportunities to network whilst I was here, so that soft skill was invaluable. I have also become a lot more competent with Excel!
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
This may be slightly skewed due to me interning in summer but the Reading office was very sociable. From my first day in the office i played badminton with my team and football from other lines of service. The partner hosted a barbecue for us and the atmosphere is generally just a really good place to be.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The interview process was quick and slick, not having to wait more than 5 days to hear whether or not we had made the next stage. Then upon joining, everything was sorted perfectly at the hotel. Then when we joined the office, there were people waiting to show us around and our buddies were there to meet.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There was a three day residential training session which was really useful. Then upon joining we had 5 1 hour sessions specific to pension training. These talks were led by people all around the UK and I've found the slides we received from these to be very useful. They are also very willing for you to try other offices, so I visited the two London offices as well as the Bristol office.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
It has left a great impression on me during my internship as I now wish to apply for a graduate job here! I've been really happy with the line of service im in and really excited at the thought of what I could be doing in the future here at PwC.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
We met before at an open office event and then the residential training does a really good job of team building within fellow interns. I have kept in touch with interns in other offices too. But with the interns in my office we go out for lunch every day, we have done an escape room and go out most weekends.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Reading is quite expensive due to being near London. However whenever you go out with a team it is often covered for you. I would say it is just the rent which is higher than average as there's a range of supermarkets so food and things aren't that much more expensive.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Although Reading is relatively small, there is a dense population of bars and good places to eat. We went out for lunch every day and the market really helps you find something different. I also found myself staying the night in London whenever i visited the office, so the nightlife is good!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Even on my first day i went to play badminton with my team. This was something i kept up throughout my 6 weeks. I also met some guys from the assurance team who play football each week so i ended up joining in with them too. Due to the office being quite active, no matter what you'll do, you'll most likely find someone who does the same.