I completed and assisted with completion of various sections of external audits for several different clients. These included performance indicators as well as the more financial aspects of the end of year accounts. This involves setting up meetings with clients and understanding the systems and controls they had in place to ensure that their accounts were accurate. I also ensured that all statements had audit trails that could be verified. Where there were issues or discrepancies I talked these through the companies employees to locate the source of the error.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The interaction with PwC staff and clients made it very enjoyable.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was doing exactly what new graduate joiners would be doing so really felt part of the team and that I complete responsibility over my tasks
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I had a coach who officially looked after my progress and who was given all the feedback on me from the team leaders. I also had a 'buddy' who I could go to for help on anything. Also within each audit team everyone was happy to answer any questions I had.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Days at clients tended to be extremely busy, whilst days in the office more relaxed, so there was a bit of a mix.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was treated exactly as a new graduate would be and my work was assessed in exactly the same way as the rest of the teams, meaning that I had as much responsibility as other members of the audit team.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The first week of the placement was at a conference centre when we learnt some basic accounting (great for me, having no accounting background). However I think that the skills I learnt will aid me more at university. Over the placement my confidence, time management and communication skills improved.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office was fairly hard working and quiet, however there were always people to talk to in breaks.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship was very well organised, as I felt just like a new graduate would. I got to work on a number of different clients and with a range of people which gave me a great oversight.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There was no personal development activities as such, aside from the first week in the conference centre. However I feel that the amount of responsibility that we were given was development enough.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I was lucky enoungh to get a job offer from them, meaning that during my last year at university I will not be in the same panic as my friends, trying to apply for jobs and study hard.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There were only 3 of us in the Cambridge office, but we all became good friends and met up quite a lot outside work.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Costs are about average.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
A bit cheesy, but there are 4 clubs in the centre of Cambridge as well as lots of pubs and a few bars.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were not many activities to get involved in outside work, but the annual office party was held during my internship. This was a great event.