1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Overall I really enjoyed the internship, it was a very worthwhile experience and I learned a lot. It's great to have some experience in a professional environment and I felt like the work I was doing actually mattered. It was definitely a steep learning curve but I gained so much new knowledge and skills.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I worked on a few different audits and in each team my colleagues were super helpful and answered all of my questions, I never felt like I was in the way or taking up their time. They were always grateful for the work I had done so I felt like I was appreciated there.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
It was very clear who I needed to ask when I had a question and there was a lot of support for the work I was doing and how the internship was going more generally. I had meetings to go through feedback and there was lots of opportunities to seek support.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
This totally depended on which audit I was booked onto, for the majority of the internship I was super busy and always had things to do, however on one week there was less work for me to do and I found myself having to ask around for extra things to do to fill my time.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Again this depended on which audit I was working on and how big the team was. For the majority of the time I was given a lot of responsibility to talk to the client and get on with work independently. I was sent to client site by myself so I feel like I was given a good amount of responsibility
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I don't feel like it's directly assisted me in my degree as I study Politics, but skills like time-keeping and organisation have helped. I definitely have developed a lot of skills that will be useful after I graduate and start work, such as flexibility and teamwork, and working on Excel
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The Leeds office is so nice and the open plan layout means that it's really easy to find people. It was a lot more casual than I expected and everyone was super friendly. There was a lot of social events going on as well so it felt like everyone got on well.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship was very well organised. The induction training in Windsor was really well set out and we had lots of information that helped us settle in. The resourcing team were super helpful and it never felt like I wasn't sure what I was meant to be doing or where I needed to go
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
PwC definitely invest a lot into the internship scheme, the induction training in Windsor is a great few days and I feel as though my colleagues put a lot of time into teaching me new concepts and showing me how to do things. You also get a lot of feedback to help improve
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I have been offered a grad job with PwC, although I really enjoyed the company I don't think Audit is the right career path for me. However, you are given the opportunity to transfer which I have applied for, as PwC are a great company to work for and I could easily see a future working there.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The induction in Windsor is a great chance to meet people, and within the office we all kept in touch and went for lunches together when we weren't on client site. There were a few opportunities to go for drinks and there was a staff sports day with food/drinks on one Friday as well
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The city centre can be quite expensive, but no more expensive than any other cities like Manchester, Birmingham etc... There's definitely a lot of cheaper restaurants and bars as well so it's possible to get by on a budget. Especially if you live in Hyde Park/Headingley it's really good value in leeds.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Leeds is such a great city and there is loads of good bars and pubs in the city centre/student areas. There were some good events on at the clubs on weekends but it was a bit quieter as it was in the middle of summer when the students weren't there.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
We were invited to quite a few social events, including going out for after work drinks at the bar near the office. The sports day was also a really good opportunity to get to know people outside of work. I think there are some sports teams as well but I didn't join as we were only there for 6 weeks.