Assurance Intern at PwC

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
London Central London and City
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About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I really enjoyed the programme I took part in, I spent my time at PwC taking part in the Woman in Business programme which lasted for three days. I felt extremely welcomed onto the programme and really enjoyed the environment around the offices which I worked in throughout my stay.


2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?

I did feel valued during my placement. All the employees which I met were keen to talk to me and hear about my position and what I want from the company. They were also very enthusiastic to share their own stories with me and make me feel comfortable and part of their team.


3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?

My buddy was very supportive whilst I was on my insight programme. She arranged many meetings for me with different employees and arranged these around my needs. I spoke with my buddy about what I wanted to get out of my programme and she did her best to make this happen in such short notice.


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

As my insight programme was for three days only I did not take part in much work, my visit was about meeting different employees from different lines of service. This was extremely beneficial, speaking with different employees across PwC helped me understand where I want to take my career and the other opportunities available for me within PwC.


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5. How well structured was the insight?

My insight programme was not structured very well, my buddy was only notified about my visit two days before so had not had enough time to plan activities/meetings for myself and the other students in my group. Therefore, the programme was a little slow starting but my buddy did her absolute best to ensure that we made the most of our time.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

The atmosphere in the offices I visited were consistent throughout, all employees were extremely welcoming and friendly. The atmosphere in the office was encouraging, you could sense that the teamwork had a positive vibe. I felt comfortable in the office and am looking forward to returning and being part of their workforce.


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

My placement was only for three days, it was the Women in Business programme. Therefore, I did not have any training really or much time to develop and pick up new skills. It really consisted of getting to grips with the organisation and understanding the culture within the PwC workplace.


8. To what extent did the insight help you to understand what it would be like to have a full time role with the company or firm?

The insight programme taught me everything I needed to know about the role which I had applied for, the extracurricular activities available to me if I was to join, the ACA qualification and the whole work-life balance. All of these factors were highly important to me and the employees there were happy to discuss each and every aspect of this with me.


9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?

Before I took part in the insight programme I had a good understanding of the company culture due to knowing employees already at PwC. It was good to experience this first hand myself though, the culture was one which I am excited to be a part offend feel that I could thrive in.


10. How valuable was the content in helping you to decide on your future career path?

This insight programme was a great way of deciding my career path, this is the reason I applied for the role. I was able to speak with employees about the benefits of the ACA qualification and where I want to be in 5 years. At the end of this I was able to gain a graduate role in my line of service.


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11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?

I was paid a good wage whilst on my placement. It was only a three day placement and I had to travel from West Yorkshire to London, I booked train tickets and accommodation but was not reimbursed for this. To attend a PwC assessment day you can expense travel arrangements so I thought there would be a similar allowance for insight students. I have queried this and my emails keep being forwarded to someone else so my query is still outstanding.

12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?

There were many opportunities to network within the offices and even with employees out of office, via online meetings. My whole insight programme was focussed around meeting different women in business. This was something I really enjoyed about the placement, I was able to hear many great stories and experiences.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

The networking opportunities were great, my insight programme was all about networking. I took part in the Woman in Business programme so for the whole three days which I spent there I was meeting with different women at PwC, all at different stages of their career. I met many great women who I look forward to seeing again once I start my job at PwC in September 2020.


14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?

Yes I heard lots of great things about the extracurricular activities available at PwC. This is something I am very keen for, at university my extracurricular has been very important to me so I was extremely keen to hear what was on offer at PwC. I am willing to try new activities after hearing what is available.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Yes I would reccommend it and I already have done to many of my friends. It was a great opportunity for me, I had planned to gain an insight into the career opportunities at PwC but walked out with a graduate role offer too in my chosen line of service.