On a daily basis I accompanied a team of PwC employees to different clients where I played different roles in the audit process. During my 6 week placement I checked financial statements, carried out a number of testing steps in the audit by obtaining information from the clients and carried out a few steps in the planning of an audit. During my time at PwC I was able to work on 3 different clients and gain experience in a range of different stages of the audit process.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I personally found that audit work didn't particularly interest me, however despite this I still really enjoyed the internship because the work I was doing was kept very varied and there was a lot of opportunities to try different things.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt that the staff were very good at including me and making me and my work feel valued despite only being an intern. It felt like people treated me as a normal member of staff in terms of the responsibility I was trusted with rather than as just an intern and there was a wide support network provided.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
There was a lot of support available from different levels in the firm. As an intern I was assigned a 'People Manager' who I met with a few times during the internship to discuss my progress and a 'Buddy' who was a first year at the company who provided advice throughout the internship. Furthermore, the people in charge of all the jobs I worked on were always very helpful and provided a lot of support.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
On most occasions I'd say I had about the right amount of work to do in a day. On the odd occasion I didn't have much to do but this was fairly rare and mainly due to the internship being over the quieter summer period.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was able to complete work by myself when I felt comfortable doing so but at the same time someone would always check this work after I had done it and people were always available to ask for help. I was suprised to be given so much responsibility on my internship.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I learnt a lot about time management and developed my people skills during the internship and I think that both of these will be very useful in the future.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
On the 3 teams that I worked with during my internship everyone seemed to be very upbeat, and although people seemed to have a lot to do everyone seemed very friendly and to be enjoying themselves.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship was well organised with training at the beginning, our jobs planned well in advance and regular feedback provided from 'in charges' on the job and from my people manager.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company provided 5 days of training at the beginning of the internship as well as a training day in the middle of the internship.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Since my internship I have accepted an offer of a graduate job with the company following my finishing my degree/
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes I met up with the rest of the interns in my region a number of times socially during the internship and have kept in touch with many of them.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I lived at home whilst of the internship so cost of living wasn't much of an issue and PwC paid travel expenses when working out of the office which helped. Around Birmingham the cost of socialising is genereally fairly cheap.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?