1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at PwC - I was made to feel very welcome by the teams I worked with and had a lovely group of other interns. Having other interns to compare experiences with was very helpful. The work was interesting and challenging too. I enjoyed working on numerous different projects.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt valued and that I did contribute to the team. On some jobs there was more for me to do than on others but in all teams that I was a part of the teams made me feel very welcome and welcomed my input on the tasks at hand.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The more senior colleagues that I worked with were very patient with me. They showed me how to do the tasks in a simple and clear manner and were always happy to answer my questions -I never felt scared to clarify something or ask for extra help when I needed it.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Again this very much depended on the job at hand. On jobs nearly completion there was much for me to do, whilst those that were in there early stages were far less pressured. However, I do think that on the whole I was kept busy enough whilst also having some down time.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given far more responsibility than I expected - but this was definitely a positive thing. I felt trusted to carry out tasks and enjoyed feeling like my team believed i was capable to do so. Having responsibility meant that you had to step up to the mark quickly.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I think I have learnt a huge amount from my internship beyond the insight into audit that i gained. Skills such as professional networking building, feeling comfortable in an office environment and general confidence when talking to new people were all key things that I picked up over the 6 weeks.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The people in the office made it an enjoyable place to work - they were smiley and welcoming and always happy to enquire how you were. Small things such as saying hello made you feel part of the team and the office. Overall there was a team feeling in the office.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Overall the internship was organised well but at times there was some disorganisation that could have been improved upon, such as our induction on the first day at our regional office. However, apart from that, I felt that communication was good and I did feel informed on proceedings to a suitable level.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I felt like the company was invested in me, especially through the mentor programme. Also having a buddy was a hugely beneficial thing and made it feel like the company was invested in the more personal side of things too. They clearly wanted us to improve and enjoy ourselves in the 6 weeks.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I will be returning to PwC as a graduate and am very excited to do so - they were very welcoming and I enjoyed my internship thoroughly. I felt at home in the environment and met like minded people that I enjoyed working with - I can't wait to go back!
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes, we went out after work for social time with other members of the team. Being involved in these was a good experience and meant that we could socialise on a more informal level and find out more about the more rounded life experience as a PwC employee beyond the office.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Not too high.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
We didn't venture too much into the nightlife scene but rather went out for drinks - this was perfect as it meant that we could actually talk to other colleagues and build relationships at the same time. I enjoyed such outings thoroughly and felt they bonded us as a group of interns.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
YEs there were, but they weren't always strongly advertised.