Dealing with Insolvent companies to either push them through administration or dissolve them, selling off the assets of the firms to pay back various parties owed money from said company. Ensuring accurate recording off details and posting documents.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed my time involved with PwC, from the work itself, to the people you meet on a day to day basis. The company makes you feel welcomed from day 1 and is committed to your development. I noticed a few areas I wasn't happy with, which pretty much involved tasks when you weren't busy that were unfulfilling and demotivating. Overall, its a wonderful placement environment with great chances of development and even better people to work with.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My team was always able to help even when they were performing their own work. I was able to settle into the team faster as they were all friendly and easy to get along with even being a placement student.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Managers and supervisors were constantly on hand to help with tougher situations. Recent times have saw that partners, directors and managers work closer to the teams making it easier for support where needed. If there was ever any problems, such as illness or it issues, you were always listened to with respect which made the placement more enjoyable.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The day to day tasks depended on how much correspondence we received back, there were days that from 8:45am you would be working till 5pm. Other times you were left asking for work to no avail and being set rather unfulfilling tasks however these days came few and far between as there was always a steady workflow.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
A lot of the work I had to do involved with the administration of my team, meaning I worked with the post, updating current records and where needed drafting letters. I was tasked with working call lines which sees you given an extra amount of responsibility as your being trusted with your own abilities.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
From working throughout the year, I have been able to develop skills that, in my opinion the university has neglected to teach. On first entering, the first thing I had noticed was that University only skimmed the top of IT and technology, now going back I'm much more capable in what I can do and similarly my organisation has gotten better. I have been given a chance to manage hundred of claims in hundreds of files so my ability to manage information has greatly increased.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere in the office was mediocre in my opinion, although the firm will be moving to a new up-to-date office. The current office doesn't really bring anything new, its a modern design but very dull and with the limited windows and indoor lighting, its often you will get very little daylight apart from your lunch break.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The placement got off to a rocky start, where my pass which I needed to enter the security doors hadn't turned up leaving me to get a temporary one. Once I received it, It ended up being faulty leading to more complications and causing a delay to my training at the start, however it improved from there on. My team were well managed and helped keep me on track.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The firm itself places a high emphasis on employee development, with holding annual meetings where employees gather feedback and determine where to move on for the next year. Similarly theres portals for additional learning when you are free or need work, these can be teaching spanish, excel or various other programmes.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Due to the nature of the team, there may be no available offer due to the ever changing circumstances of the lockdown, however in saying that this does not restrict me to apply back to the company but in a different role which I would like to further my development and potentially move office.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There is many different events the employees can attend from first fridays which involves going to a bar every first friday of the month to charity events and team events. These give you a good chance to meet new people as you move through PwC, then the overall firm is well connected.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
For to live in my area, wasn't overly expensive with my rent consisting of £275 a month then £20-30 covered heating, electric and wifi. There is little need for transport as the office was relatively close to my home, but transport was cheap however with £2.50 buying you a return on the train making it cost effective during winter.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Nightlife was mediocre at best, there is an option to go places however once compared with the rest the UK it severely lacks behind. Anywhere that isn't for students is typically small and overpriced making it rather bad to go out. The student night outs are cheap but typically busy and contain a lot more anti-social behaviour.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were several out of office activities employees can take part in, such as the darkness into light walk where they organise a walk while the sunrises. Similarly there are different groups with different events and there are various charities that the company does work for all round the country, so plenty of opportunities.