Business AnalyticsBusiness IntelligenceBusiness ManagementComputer and Systems EngineeringComputer ScienceE-BusinessFurther StudyInformation TechnologyMarket ResearchMathematics/StatisticsMedical/HealthProperty/Real EstatePublic Sector/GovernmentalTelecommunications
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I had amazing time travelling, making new groups of friends.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Some roles I felt very valued, as I occasionally would be the only person with a skill like AI or Python that the rest of the team may not have had.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My CC always took into account what my like and dislikes were for projects
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
About half of my time at the firm would require 60 hour weeks. Personally, I don't believe not being paid overtime is acceptable anymore and PwC are very much a traditionalist corporation.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Plenty of responsibility. A lot of my roles would have been of Senior Associate grade, as well as Manager grade role.
Whilst this is good for promotions. I do believe this to be there way of getting higher grade work done without the expense of paying their employees of that grade.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Thankfully a lot of AI/ ML as well as Python. However, these roles I had to instigate myself and weren't ever formally available.
I have heard of many previous Placement students try and get Data Science roles and end up not coming back to the firm.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Very important busy but just as equally friendly!
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I don't think there was enough to be honest. Us Technology intake had talks on Tax and Audits etc for induction. However, we have been reassured this won't happen again.
We are simply treated as regular employees.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The firm massively invests in upskilling. Although, it is ultimately up to you to decide what Pluralsight courses you want to complete in your spare time and what certifications you want to revise for.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Admittedly, I'm not so sure. PwC is one of those companies that put themselves first before the employee. What I mean is, they deliberately don't give you a job title so as they can place you onto any role without question. Regardless of what your interests are.
I'm highly interested in AI, but PwC UK have definitely not invested in this work enough.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Of course! People you get to travel with are all up for going to new pubs and restaurants every work night.
I've heard though; travel can be tough if going on your own.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Belfast is possibly the cheapest city in the UK, yet crammed full of places to go out to.
Taxis are like ~£5 from your accomodation to places to go out to.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Amazing. I already live in NI but
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes, Babel every First Friday - that was until COVID-19 :(