1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The work was intense and definitely a new experience for me. However, with that being said over the 6 weeks I have enjoyed the internship more and more and feel truly integrated into my team so would have to say that I overall have really enjoyed my experience working for PWC.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was given a very broad spectrum of very different tasks both working independently and working alongside specific colleagues. This meant that my work was assessed and quality checked thoroughly throughout so I feel genuinely valued by my team members and feel as though I truly contributed and helped out with their work.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
With my various tasks I had to complete there was always opportunity to speak to my manager. They were always willing to help me out and answers any questions I had which for the first few weeks was definitely a lot of questions. They have also helped me looking forward with my career.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Over the course of my 6 weeks I was definitely worked hard and plentifully. This meant that I was always given tasks and even had tasks stockpiled so that I hardly had to ask for work. Even more so when I stayed late (optionally) to try and get ahead of work.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
At the start of my internship I was definitely given some easier tasks that I feel were low responsibility tasks but were vital nonetheless. As I've progressed through my time I have definitely been given more and more responsibility and have been in direct contact with the client I was working on.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
As my university course is very different to my internship so I am doubtful that I will use my auditing skills in this capacity. However, I have developed skills such as team building and business acumen which I feel will be directly transferable throughout any career and through my university degree
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Coming into an accountancy firm I assumed that the people who worked there would be strict and workaholics but I couldn't be more wrong. Everyone is super friendly and genuinely want to help you. This combined a very open working area creates an incredibly warm and welcoming atmosphere which is clear from the second you step inside.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The application process was incredibly simple and easy to work through. However, going through the later stages especially after I was offered the role the organisation seemed to get worse and worse. From not replying to emails to just transferring me to other people who also couldn't seem to answer questions at least for a couple of weeks. Would say this should be improved in future.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
For training and development when the internship started I would have to say that PWC genuinely invests in your development. From three days of training right at the start to making sure you have a buddy and a career coach there is always people to talk to and give you feedback.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
For me personally future employment prospects are incredibly appealing. The office atmosphere and genuine care the company takes makes PWC an incredibly appealing place to work. The obvious other reason for this appeal is that the clients you get to work with are extremely interesting and always teach you about new sectors.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Amongst the fellow placement students the social scene is amazing. You have three days at the start of the internship where you go away with the fellow students so you start socialising straight away. This means that you always have friendly faces around the office and people to go to lunch with and people to see outside of work.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Working in central london is always going to be expensive and this internship costs were to no surprise. On average you would spend £10 a day just on travel but it is worth it for the area and views you get. The places you can socialise in are also never-ending and extremely cool.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Again working in central london means that the options for nights out are never ending. Also with the plethora of places to go to there is an extreme diversity so whether you want a relaxed evening in a pub or a long night partying in a club there is a place to go.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
At pwc there always sports clubs to take part in. These are weekly and joining for free could not be easier. There is no pressure to excel in the sports and everyone wants to help you get involved with as much as possible. Every single intern I spoke to has got involved in at least one activity outside of work.