Primarily involved in year end audit of FTSE 100 companies but carried out other types of assurance too such as quarterly reviews and contract assurance for clients. Also studied for 9 of the ACA exams whilst at PwC. In effect, placement students do the same as those on the first year of the graduate scheme.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Staff could not differentiate between those on the placement scheme and those on the graduate scheme, hence placement students were fully utilised. Additionally, colleagues gave lots of positive feedback after working with them on jobs.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
We were assigned buddies, a career coach and had coaches on each of our clients to help us through the work.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Generally, I was reasonably busy, though there were extreme days when I had too much or too little to do.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Independent work was encouraged but there was always someone who checked through your work.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
My commercial knowledge has improved greatly which is very useful in studying for the rest of my degree. Additionally, having past 9 of the 15 ACA exams means I am well on the way for my chosen career path.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
A very lively office with lots of young people and lots of socialising.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There were multiple training courses throughout the year plus I studied for my ACA exams.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Many interns are offered jobs with the firm.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I was part of a large in-take group who were very social. Plus the firm provided monthly drinks at a local bar and there were group socials to play urban golf and pool as well as a Christmas and summer ball.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Primarily because it was London.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Can't beat central London.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
The firm has multiple sports teams and also encourages volunteering in the local community.