1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at PwC. I was nervous due to the large reputation and I always assumed it would be incredibly competitive but the people have been so approachable and welcoming. I was able to expand my knowledge and learn many skills. The competitive environment was encouraging.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Very valued - everyone was welcoming and approachable. There were many opportunities to get to know each other and work with different people.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Everyone in the senior level is approachable, however senior they may be. We are also all assigned a career coach as a mentor.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Fairly busy but it meant that I could stay productive throughout. There were many opportunities to do other tasks other than work-based ones too.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
My learning and development was my own responsibility which was fun as I was able to make my own decisions.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I have learnt many new technical skills and non-technical ones too which will definitely assist me in finding a graduate job in the future.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
It was a small office and everyone was friendly. It was nice as everyone knew each other.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The placement was very organised - there was a pathway for exams so we could tell when our next one would be and when we should start studying for them.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
We started the ACA exams - all exams and materials paid for.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very appealing - I really like the values of PwC and their vision.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The social life in the city I was in wasn't great but there was a social committee at work. They organised events so we could all get to know each other at the start. The christmas party was also good fun.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Not too expensive. It was cheaper than university! Also, because you get paid well (and you get paid for overtime), I was able to save quite a bit
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
THe nightlife in the areas I was in wasn't great but we still organised time to go to the pub and catch up.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes, you can get involved in volunteering (it's encouraged) and other activies which was great.