Summer intern in the Tax line of service. Specifically in the Global Mobility team.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I very much enjoyed my internship. The work was interesting and meaningful and my team was very friendly. I feel like the work I was doing really did make a difference. I was never doing a piece of work for just the sake of doing it. It always had a clear purpose.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My colleagues were all great. I felt extremely valued. They gave be meaningful feedback, appreciated my work and efforts and thanked me every time I completed a piece of work. I felt like a true member of the team who was cared about and whose contributions were greatly valued and appreciated.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My supervisors were really helpful and supportive. They made sure I understood what I was going and explained everything but also let me figure things out on my own. This resulted in me feeling supported but also challenged. So it was the right balance of having to figure things out on my own but also being supported.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Quite busy. The first week or so I did not have that much to do but afterwards things got busy and I had plenty of work to do. It was not too much though, a lot of work to keep me busy but not so much that I felt too overwhelmed. I did not have to work particularly late on any evening.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Quite a bit. It was the perfect balance. My supervisors trusted me and gave me enough responsibility to make me feel valued and important but they checked my work where appropriate so I did not feel like I was just blindly doing this and hoping it would turn out correctly.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
My degree is not strictly related to this internship but the skills I have learned will be extremely helpful in any future job. I learned to handle complicated pieces of software and large spreadsheets. I also developed my communication skills and understanding of what a firm like PwC does on a daily basis.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Very good. The office had a good atmosphere overall but my team especially had an amazing atmosphere. Everyone was extremely friendly and helpful. The ambiance was relaxed and friendly but also hard working and professional enough to make it feel like a serious workplace. It was the perfect balance.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I did not have any problems with how the internship was organised. The 3 day induction at the beginning was extremely well organised and then on my first day in the office by buddy greeted me at reception and my supervisor instantly knew who I was and why I was there.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I feel like the firm invested a lot in me. At the 3 day induction we had tons of talks and presentations which very very helpful, and once I was in the office I even had the chance to attend two full day training courses on software used in our work.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very appealing. I found the company culture to be great, friendly but professional. The work is interesting, varied and meaningful. There are lots of opportunities to get involved in various projects and develop lots of different professional skills. Overall the firm was very welcoming and I would be happy to be back in the future.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Some of the other interns went for drinks sometimes and had lunch together. I had lunch several times with my colleagues, both in and outside the office and we went for drinks after work once. Overall the social scene was nice, not too vibrant but just enough to be interesting.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I have worked in London so the cost of living was of course expensive. But that is just London overall, when you come to work here you have to deal with these costs unfortunately, there is nothing you can do about it. It was not prohibitively expensive though, could still go out and socialise on occasions.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Nightlife in London is good and the office was right in the center so lots of opportunities of going out if that is what you are into. Of course its London so going out is very expensive but plenty of nice places around the office if you want to live a vibrant Nightlife.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
I did not hear about many opportunities outside work but did not really mind that. I am sure that there are team and clubs you can be involved in as a full team employee. I did hear that there was a netball team and a pantomime that the firm puts on every year.