Intern at PwC

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Duration
Internship (1-4 Months)
Region
Birmingham West Midlands
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Salary
£18,000 - £19,999
Roles
Auditing/Tax Human Resources Market Research Tax Law

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8.4/10

The Role
8.0
Organisation
9.2

Socialising

8.0

The Role

Role Description

Global Tax Intern - OneGM

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

Very much enjoyed the experience, the team here in Birmingham were incredibly kind and helpful, a lot of fun to work with. Very relaxed working environment and very social, lots of after work drinks and even a summer party thrown in as well! You are really made to feel as though you are part of the team.

10/10

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

As mentioned above, my colleagues, from day one, really made me feel as though I was a part of the team, getting me involved in work, projects, and inviting me to team socials and drinks out. I'm definitely going to be very sad to be leaving this great bunch of people.

9/10

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

The support is absolutely amazing, probably one of the best things about the firm actually. My career coach could not have been better, incredibly kind and helpful and really felt as though he cared about me. No question was too stupid to ask, and it really felt as though my colleagues were invested in getting me to have the best experience possible.

10/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Due to the nature of the summer months in the accountancy/tax business, I wasn't that busy for the duration of my six weeks at the firm. Colleagues tried to get me involved in as much as possible, and there were busy periods, but there were also quite a few quiet periods where there just wasn't enough work for me to do.

4/10

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

Responsibilities varied during the internship, at times you would be doing bottom of the barrel excel spreadsheets inputting, and at other times you would be doing business development research on multi-million pound clients. It really varies on the day and the person you are doing the work for at the time.

7/10

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

As my degree is Chinese Studies, there will not be very much in the way of useful things I can take out of this internship, however when it comes to taking up a full-time position at the end, the skills I've learnt during my time here will be invaluable, and the headstart in knowledge of tax will be very useful as well.

8/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The stars don't lie. In the Birmingham office every day was genuinely non-stop fun, whether it was having constant debates about who to put in your fantasy football team for the coming weekend, discussing what happened on last night's episode of love island or just having an informal chat about work, the atmosphere was always very relaxed and open.

10/10

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

The internship itself was set up and organised decently well, there were clear goals and guidelines, as well as a timetable for development and reaching these goals. The only thing that could really be improved would be letting the team know further in advance of the interns' arrival so that they could put aside work for them much earlier.

7/10

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

The training and development side is very good here. Colleagues are always willing to take half an hour or so out of their day to teach you something new, the online resources are all very useful, and PwC regularly holds lectures or seminars or training days to enable their employees to grow.

9/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Working from home
10/10

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

Future employment prospects are very very good following on from your internship. I myself was offered a graduate position at the firm following my internship. The rule of thumb essentially is as long as you don't majorly mess up during your internship, you will be offered a position, as the selection process for interns and graduates is essentially identical.

10/10

Social

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

The social scene was one of the main plus points about being here, both in the context of the other interns that were and in the context of the rest of my team. As most of the interns were local to the area, we went out most weekends after work on the friday, and as my team were very young, after-work drinks were the norm. It was great.

9/10

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

Because its Birmingham, the cost of living is very very reasonable, apartments here are much cheaper than in london and buying food and drinks is also very reasonable. Public transport around the area isn't the cheapest, but if you live close to the centre you can walk everywhere you like.

8/10

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

Having never been out in Birmingham before I had heard a lot of things about how good the nightlife was, and it did not disappoint. There's both a really good student scene and a more chill bar scene where the young professionals tend to go after work. There's a night out for everyone here.

10/10

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

During the internship there weren't really that many opportunities to get involved with things outside work, however that's mainly due to the internship only being 6 weeks long, which isn't really enough time to get involved in anything major. When you are a graduate, there are endless opportunities to get involved in charity, sports, pantomimes, fundraising etc.

5/10

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