Tax Intern at PwC

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Duration
Internship (1-4 Months)
Region
Uxbridge South East
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Salary
£20,000 - £21,999
Roles
Auditing/Tax

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7.7/10

The Role
8.2
Organisation
8.4

Socialising

6.2

The Role

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

I really enjoyed my placement. It started with a 3 day away-from-home induction, where we got to meet all the other UK interns. Generally in the office it was relaxed, and my team were all really nice. As well as that I was learning interesting things relating to my line of service which I enjoyed as well

9/10

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

Whenever I had questions, no one was too busy to give me their time. I was also given plenty of work which made a difference to current projects, and was always well respected.

9/10

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

From the start I was assigned a buddy as well as a career coach, which were both useful in their own way. My buddy was there as a more casual go to, for questions which I wouldn't necessarily ask my career coach, as well as helping me integrate with the grads (I was the only intern in my line of service). My career coach for more to ask formal questions and discuss more serious topics, but it was still pretty casual

10/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

As it was summer a lot of people were out of office, as well as clients being away. Occasionally, after going round and asking for work/shadowing opportunities, I was left with not much to do, but this happened very rarely. During my down time I read through resources given to me by my buddy, which helped further my knowledge in my line of service

7/10

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

Several tasks involved doing actual client work, as well as working on things which would be sent to clients. Its not to say that my worked wasn't checked before it was sent, as it probably was, but it was still mainly me doing those pieces of work, which I guess means I was given the responsibility. Remembering that things such as proof reading are still important, even though quite generic

8/10

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

As I'm studying engineering, nothing is too transferable from tax, albeit it still being very interesting. Several tasks involved excel work, which could potentially come in use in my degree, but as a whole it does not benefit me so much on a more technical side. Skills such communication were developed which would help in my degree and my career in the future

6/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The atmosphere was really chilled. No one was on your back the whole time making sure you were doing things, as it was just assumed you were acting professionally. I felt comfortable going over to people to have quick chats about non-work related topics (as long as you made sure you were getting your work done). The office has a dress for your day policy as well, so you could where jeans and t-shirt if you weren't seeing clients (which I was never, although I wore shirts most days, out of personal preference

10/10

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

Was very organised in the sense that I had designated people who I could constantly go to (not to say that I couldn't ask questions from everyone else as well) for questions/problems. There could maybe be a more formal structure with getting work, but I feel like this would be difficult given the time of year that internships are held. It was also a plus to have to go round and ask for work as it meant I was talking to new people and finding out about what they do

8/10

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

Quite a lot. Bearing in mind they put us up in a 4-star hotel for the first 3 days, which involved classwork that introduced us to our line of service. This was especially useful for me as I don't study in university the same area that my internship was in. People generally had time to have catch ups during the day where I could ask questions and learn more about what they do, which contributed to my development.

9/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
5/10

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

Very appealing. I feel like there is a lot more too learn, and PwC is a very good place to do that, given the number of really clever individuals, with many being some of the best at what they do. There is also a generally relaxed atmosphere which I enjoy as well.

10/10

Social

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

As stated, at the start we were able to socialise with the rest of the UK interns. After that there were fewer events. I was the only intern in my line of service in my office, but the team of grads kindly accepted me into all their social events. The office also ran several whole team social events, such as game nights

8/10

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

I lived at home during my internship, so that is not applicable to me. With regards to socialising, I think it was pretty standard for Greater London area.

8/10

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

Didn't really stay late in the area, but walking down the high street during the day, there are plenty of pubs which I'm assuming are open until later.

6/10

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

There was football once a week, and I think a few other sports groups. Apart from that not really

3/10

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