Being in the Assurance department, work and daily task were varied. During my internship I worked for 3 different clients, assisting on audits. I completed my own EGAs, helped other members of the team with theirs, checked invoices, bank statements and sought information from client staff.
I also, on request, was lucky to spend 2 days in a different department (transaction services), finding out what work they do on a daily basis.
Alongside this, I also completed a group project with 3 other interns.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
This internship gave a true and honest reflection of the sort of work that would be completed by a full time graduate who had recently joined the firm.
Daily tasks were interesting and some challenging. The staff members that I was working with were all fantastic. They were always more than willing to help with any questions I had.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Although at times the work was challenging, the gratitude showed by the members of every team I worked with during my internship was fantastic and more than made up for the hard work I had put in.
This extends to all levels of staff, from associates right up to senior managers/partners. It was evident that the work I was doing on the audit was in fact important and was helping the teams reach their targets of completing work on time.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was given very extensive support! Not only did I have a buddy who was in their first year and a people manager (manager level) that I had regular progression meetings with, I also felt that the more senior members in the audit teams I worked with were more than happy to help and provide guidance on a daily basis.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Generally the level of work was just right. If I didn't have any work to do on the audits, I had compliance training and a group project that I could work on to keep me occupied. There were times when I did have a lot of work to complete, however I think this showed a true reflection of what a job in the assurance department is like- some times are busier than others.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was very happy, and pleasantly surprised with the level of responsibility that I was given - this helped with feeling valued and overall provided me with a much more enjoyable experience.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The group project I completed will help with group projects I will have to complete in my degree, especially the time management skills that I learnt. However, it was the life skills I have gained that I belive will help me in the workplace in the future.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Although I was out at clients more often than not, the atmosphere within audit teams was fantastic. Everybody was friendly, had lots of energy and were more than willing to help.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Slight IT hitches during training but other than that, organisation was great! Always knew where I was going and what I was supposed to be doing.
Was sent lots of information before the internhsip started too, so I knew what to expect.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I feel I have gained many skills from pwc that will definitely be of great use in my future. I was given lots of special training opportunites, including compliance training and a special day based presenting techniques, especially for interns.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I will be rejoining the firm once I have graduated.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
We all spoke regularly and met up for group projects/training days. Before we started, there was an organised event so that we could all meet before heading to London for training which was great.
After completing the internship, we oragnised a social event to say goodbye to everyone.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I lived at home, so costs were relatively low.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?