1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Colleagues were very helpful from the start, providing all the information and guidance that I needed so that I felt confident in my abilities throughout the internship. The work given to me was also suitably challenging, and I was never left with too little to do, or with frivolous work.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My colleagues were very helpful and treated me as if I were just a full time employee at the firm. This tendency was exhibited by all my colleagues regardless of their seniority. Never did my colleagues act as if I was a nuisance who would only be around for a few weeks.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was given strong support and guidance by my supervisors throughout my internship. They never hesitated to reach out to me if needed, and I could always get in contact with them too. This was aided by strong use of email and instant messaging which allowed for them to give me support when I was away at client site.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Generally I always had a decent amount of work to do. Work usually lasted from 9 to 530, although in my last week I was regularly working until 7 due to deadlines. For a few days at the start of my internship there were times when I felt like I could've been given a bit more work but overall I think a good balance was struck.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given many jobs that I would not expect to be given to an intern. For example, I was requested to conduct a PPE inspection around a warehouse on my own, as well as phoning up clients directly. I never had to do menial chores such as fetching people coffee etc.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I believe that the technical skills in IT that I developed will support me well in any future career. The interpersonal skills that I developed through client interaction and working in such an engaging and friendly office will set me in good stead. Given that I do a humanities degree, this will probably be less applicable to my studies, but skills developed on this internship such as time-management and the like have use there as well.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
There was a very friendly atmosphere in the office. This was aided by the company policy which allowed us to dress however we saw fit and work where we liked. Everyone was very personable and respectful of each other, and there was no unnecessary deference or excessive culture of hierarchy.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The company was in touch with me long before the internship began and was regularly in touch via email. I was generally told what projects I would be working on fairly well in advance so that I could plan accordingly. The training weekend where everyone got to know each other in a slightly informal atmosphere was also a nice touch.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
At our training weekend we participated in classroom sessions to bring us up to speed with the fundamentals of bookkeeping and accounting. Throughout the internship, we had access to e-learning materials from which we could pick those that interested us. Provision of laptops and a work phone were also evidence of the significant (although material) investment in us.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very appealing. The work that I was given was always engaging, and the people that I worked with make me definitely want to return to PwC. The working culture here is something truly special. The large degree of investment that the company puts into your personal development is also appealing.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Went out for lunch regularly with my fellow interns. Also went out for drinks on a few occasions. Also had lunch with fellow colleagues so the interns didn't always just stick to one another.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Fairly reasonable. There was a good range of eateries and shops nearby so something for all price ranges. Being in London, things were bound to be a bit more expensive than the rest of the country on average but I was never conscious of having to watch what I spent too much whilst working here.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Went out for a few drinks after work with the fellow interns but that was the extent of it.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were a few opportunities to get involved outside of work such as a racquet sports club, as well as various networking events that were put on by the company.