Writing financial reports and carrying out financial analyses, under supervision and guidance
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed my work placement with them quite a lot as I got the opportunity to look more deeply into the world of Finance and explore it quite a bit more. I got the chance to look at and have a go at writing my own financial reports which was quite fun.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I did feel very valued by my colleagues as PwC and this is because I actually got involved in some of the work they were doing and I feel like I was actually helping them in some way in writing up reports and doing other tasks so I did feel valued.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I think that I was given quite a bit of support by my supervisors. This is because they understood that I did not really experience such an Economics-based field before and this was kind of my first true experience of that so they were really considerate and talked me through the tasks from the most basic level.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I think that daily, I was never too busy nor was I too bored. I always had tasks to do and could always do something extra and help some of the employees or even watch the employees and learn from them and this was always interesting so I was never bored.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given quite a lot of responsibility during my placement. I wrote many reports and analyses and carried out many tasks during my time there. I feel like this was important for me as I feel like in the financial world, even the slightest margin of errors can result in major losses so this responsibility was apt.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I think that the financial skills I developed will definitely give me a greater understanding of the world of Economics in the future and also, I feel like the writing skills I developed will be invaluable to me in all aspects of my degree as well as after university when I am looking for a job.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
In the office, there was generally quite a work-oriented atmosphere in which everyone was doing their work and this was quite interesting as it showed how devoted they were to their work. However, there were times, when there was less work to be done, when the employees were more relaxed and conversed more.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I think that the internship was quite well set up and this is mainly because they did well in introducing me to financial analysis of different companies and how such reports are written and I feel like this was great in leading into other aspects of the job so it flowed seamlessly.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
In terms of personal training and development, they definitely did a lot to strengthen my understanding of Economics and they definitely did a lot to help me with my writing abilities as I was writing reports and other things for the company, and my gradual improvement in them showed me their efforts were paying off.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I would definitely love to work with them as one of the 'Big Four' and it would be interesting to return there as an actual employee after only having been there as an intern. Furthermore, I feel like they would not be opposed to the idea of me returning as it seems like they enjoyed having me there.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I think there was a relatively good social scene amongst me and the colleagues, as well as other interns. This was mainly because everyone was so devoted to their work so there was not really much time to socialise but when we did, it felt like we got on quite well.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I did not have to live near where I worked as the working hours were quite flexible which meant that I did not always have to go into the office and I could sometimes work from home. I could easily commute to the office, however. I did not really get to see the cost of socialising opportunities.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Unfortunately, I did not really get to experience the nightlife in the area that I worked in and this is mainly because the hours in which I worked in the office were never too late so I was always back quite early and would not wait for the evening to come to experience this.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were quite a few opportunities to get involved in different activities outside of work. For example, I did get invited to sit in on meetings in which the employees of PwC discussed the financial reports written with financial advisors of the different companies so it was nice to see how the work I was doing actually had an impact outside of what I could initially see.