1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
It has been very enjoyable. We have had a good mix of work and social life and the hours are very reasonable and not how you'd expect from a normal big 4 firm. The work itself was also very interesting and not a huge challenge to get in to as you are eased in to things.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
People at PwC are extremely friendly and always willing to help. They are very considerate of your time and workload and will still always try to involve you in tasks that you may find interesting if you have the time. They really want you to feel welcome and are very pleasant people.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I initially didn't know the structure of the internship. But once I got in to the office on the first day after induction, I was given work to help on straight away that was slightly out of my comfort zone. I was given a little background then was made to do the task however it was enjoyable and not overly challenging. Guidance from buddies and career coaches mean the support is very good also.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
At the start of the internship I had the perfect balance between busy and not too busy, however it got slightly busier during the middle. In the last week I have had a reduced workload but I'm never really short of work or have nothing to do as I can always ask if there's anything people need help on. Also this was a quiet period so that has been good to know I never really sit there without any work.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given little to no responsibility at the start as all the work I did was checked by someone else. However as the internship progressed, I received more work which I was responsible for making sure was done correctly and to a high standard. However as an intern, most of my work was looked over by someone higher up just to make sure I haven't missed anything.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills I developed are extremely useful for the working world so they will help me a lot after university. At university I don't think they will be much help as there was not much academically rigorous work. However, the business knowledge and insight I have gained has been invaluable and should help me in the future.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office is very relaxed and there are many different types of working spaces. At times you may need to just sit down and not be disturbed and work seriously. There was areas of the office for this. Most areas are quite casual and you can just do you work whilst also talking to people. There are also more relaxed areas were you can work more casually and converse loudly. The general atmosphere was very good.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship was organised very well with a 3 day residential induction to start with. We then went to the office and had a tour and then went straight in to work. We had am intro to daily tasks we would have to complete as well as training. Other than this most work was given on a day to day basis.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
As explained earlier there was a residential induction. On top of this there was a lot of training we had to complete whilst on the job which taught us a lot. We also had a career coach who we would set goals with for our internship and make sure we were able to complete these by the end.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
During the induction, we were given a lot of time during the nights to socialise with other interns. Once we got back to the office, on the first day there was a drinks session after work to help us get to know other colleagues better. There were also other social events during the internship which allowed us to meet other colleagues in a non work setting.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
As the job is based in Central London, the cost of socialising within the area is very expensive. Going out to eat for a meal, even for lunch, can be very expensive. There is a canteen in the office which is slightly cheaper than buying from local shops outside. The cost of living is very expensive comparatively nationally.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Again as it is based in Central London, areas like Soho and the Southbank are within walkable or very short distance. The nightlife is very good and you are spoilt for choice but as expected, the cost is very expensive. Naturally, it would be very difficult to get bored of the nightlife in London.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There was sessions such as Yoga and football clubs.