1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed my work placement very much. My work placement offered a great insight into world of work. I thoroughly enjoyed building strong and long lasting relationships my colleagues and the work was stimulating but not too challenging. Overall, I loved my time at PwC and cannot wait to return.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Overall, solid love. I felt extremely valued by all my PwC Colleagues who constantly praised me and thanked me for supporting them on the project. I even interacted heavily with one of the partners and got to know them well during the many weeks, it was great working closely together.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Overall, solid love. I felt extremely helped by all my PwC Colleagues who constantly helped me and supported me on the project. I was even supported heavily by one of the partners and got to know them well during the many weeks, it was great love and we worked closely together.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
During my six weeks at PwC, I was very busy on a daily basis. In fact, on several occasions, I was in the office late, sometimes until half 7 (+ 2 hours) working on a project. There was always work to do and I was never bored, sat at my desk doing nothing.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
During my placement at PwC, I would say I was given a relatively large amount of responsibility but it was appropriate. At no point did I feel I couldn't complete the work being asked of me and my colleagues were always there to ask if I had any questions regarding the 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 developed my technical capabilities and business / global acumen massively during my time at PwC on my internship. I am leaving after the summer knowing what software I need to improve my knowledge on an with a feeling I have become a better person for my time at the company.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere at PwC, Cornwall Court, Birmingham, was incredibly positive, relaxed and upbeat. I had a great time getting to know my colleagues who all seem happy in the role. I believe the people at PwC had learnt to deal with deadlines and the stress that comes with them very well.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Overall, the summer internship was extremely well organised, all the way from the beginning (the 3 day residential in Windsor) to our induction into the office and being assigned to projects. The end of our internship and the feedback process/ getting an offer or not was also well done and not intense.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The firm has invested in my training and personal development immensely. Firstly, with weekly training sessions for 1-2 hours every Friday where we were taught how to use useful tools such as Power BI, Alteryx and AnyLogic. Secondly, the personal development during client work was extremely rewarding and beneficial to myself.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Future prospects of employment within the organisation are extremely appealing. In fact, I have been offered the graduate job off the back of my performance during my 6 week internship at PwC and I cannot wait to start next year at the brand new office in Birmingham within the tech risk department.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Amongst my fellow interns at birmingham cornwall court, we formed a strong friendship group, meeting everyday for lunch and going out every friday night. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know these like minded individuals and it was great to share the experience together. Without these people, I believe the experience wouldn't have been the same.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
During my internship, I lived at home and so the cost of living was relatively cheap however train tickets to the office in Birmingham and to client site built up, although I was able to expense some of the tickets. Socialising in Birmingham is not too expensive, especially on Wednesday nights
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Socialising in Birmingham is not too expensive, especially on Wednesday nights (student nights) . We often went out on Friday nights, going to spoons first, then to somebodies house for predrinks before going out in Birmingham. I often went out for drinks and a meal with my more senior colleagues.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes. Most weeks there were socials and events going on and as my internship went on, opportunities to go for drink to social outside of work increased. In fact, the last day of my internship was a Sports Day at aston university, an event which the entire office was invited to.