Work of a project that allowed clients to submit VAT digitally
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
From the beginning to end I greatly enjoyed working with PwC.
The introduction and training allowed me to settled into my role really quickly in order to give me the skills to complete my job within my project.
When put into my project all my colleagues were so helpful and allowed me to gain confidence in errors that I would of struggled with.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt my colleagues valued me highly and that I was a key member of my team. I would receive regular feedback from my colleagues and they always highlighted my impact to our team and how they felt my attribution helped to our teams succession due to my nature of creating guides.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My supervisor arranged a meeting everyone month in order to check in on me. During this we would overlook what I achieved in the months previous and look towards any points of improvement. We additionally would set targets together for the month ahead to overlook at our next meeting together.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
My project was very busy and due to providing VAT related services we were busy on very month end but we then had time in the middle of every month to go back over other tasks.
As my job was often changing to new systems or procedures I was kept busy with training to learn these new methods.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
As my project was based upon myself and two other placement students we were all given a large proportion of the responsibility from beginning to the end of my placement.
Technically we were given sole responsibility of the project and so its succession and the responsibility to all of our thousands of clients lay in our hands.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I feel the organisational and confidence skills will go a long way in adapting and taking these with me in my final year degree studies.
I am hoping to ensure my nine to five work ethic will be transfered into my studies so that I can treat my degree as a job that needs completed, especially now that the recent pandemic means I will be learning remotely.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere of my job was serious but only when was needed. There was large amounts of stress during month end and so the atmosphere during then was harsh but when it came to times after this we were able to ease tension and do our job in a relaxed atmosphere.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
From the beginning we were told our schedule ahead for our training week and were given laptops and other various tools that would enable our jobs.
The following week we were then told where to meet and from then onwards we were introduced to our managerial colleagues who looked over us from then onwards.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The only invested in the beginning by using our first week to ensure we settled in and met other placement students by conducting icebreakers and other introductory training activities.
The also fund a team to be set up to organise monthly events for those also completing a placement to meet up and share experiences.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
As I have been offered a graduate job with PwC and am accepting this offer I feel that future prospects of returning to the firm are strong.
Not only this but they offered that I stay on beyond my placement end date and I additionally accepted this due to the enjoyment I get from my job.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
PwC has a great social scene as they have an annual dinner occuring during christmas that allows everyone to join together for a formal event.
The firm also holds an event on the first Friday of every month and this allows us to meet our fellow colleagues and placement students.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
As I lived in student accommodation living of rent were around £250 per month as Belfast is not an expensive city to live in. It has great social scene with many eateries and nightclubs. Not only this but closely outside of the proximity of Belfast there are many places to go outdoors.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Belfast is far from a city that never sleeps but it does have many restaurants and pubs that open to a reasonable hour and this allows time to socialise after work. As my office is fixed with the city centre these are thankfully all in close proximity to my office.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
As I am involved in many sporting and volunteering activities outside of work at home I did not outsource to find out any clubs or societies. To my knowledge there was colleagues that met up to play netball and there was always charitable events on that anyone could get involved in.