Work in different teams on different clients' audits.
Assist in areas of the audit which a first year graduate would be expected to complete, such as bank and cash reconciliations.
Hold informal meetings with the client.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
You get given a lot of responsibility, which can be challenging at times but you will learn lots! The people are great at PwC and there's lot of opportunities to socialise.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Interns are given their own areas of the audit to compelte. They are very much a valued member of the team.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Guidance is there as and when you need it. There's a buddy scheme and team members are always willing to assist you. But you are also expected to use your initiative.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Varies with the project nature of the work. Most days typical hours are 9am-5.30pm. Although you may stay later if near a deadline. Sometimes you can leave early too!
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
See above answers!
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
My placement was useful for the accountancy modules I have chosen. It also helps in terms of being able to take responsibility for your work and prioritise when working towards deadlines.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Due to the nature of the work, a lot of time is spent at client sites. So the office can seem a bit quiet at times and you can easily go unnoticed having a day in the office, as everyone is getting on with their own project work.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Great training and support was available.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
An induction week at a hotel was great fun!
Also other training days throughout the six months.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Most gap year placement interns can return quite easily to PwC! Similarly, summer interns have an almost guaranteed graduate job on completion of their placement.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Gap year student events were organised by HR and we also organised our own. There were also office socials, such as trips to the rugby and balls.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Reading is much cheaper than London. I lived at home, so saved quite a lot of money!
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Average for a town. Obviously London is much better!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?