This review was written using a previous version of questions that
were updated in 2013
We were assigned to different groups and we had to consult a fictional company on several issues such as relationship between the company and its suppliers, relationship with employees and unions, marketing strategy, long term business strategy, customers loyalty techniques, etc. A the end of the program we had to report our findings to the board of directors of the company.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
PwC made us feel very welcomed, as if we were already part of their company.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was very surprised when I had the chance to speak to some PwC's partners. They were all very friendly and down-to-earth people, happy to answer all our questions. It is amazing to see how dedicated the company is about its people, and how people are at the core of PwC's corporate culture.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
All the Recruitment team, and all the partners who attended the Academy Week were always available and happy to help.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
We were very busy. But I personally expected to be busy. After all the whole week was a kind of test to see if we are suitable to work for PwC. The company organised team-building activities like a treasure hunt, a sport day, and a screen to watch the world cup, so we had time to relax as well.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Our responsibility was to perform at our best in order to be offered an internship at the end of the program. We didn't work with real clients, therefore there was no responsibility in this regard.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Working together with people from coming from the top Universities in the UK (Oxford, Cambridge, Warwick, LSE, Edinburgh) is certainly a great opportunity to improve many skills, such as working in a diverse team, learning to be assertive, improving presentation skills, think critically, look at challenges from a different angle, etc.
Personally, I feel I have gained a lot from the Academy program.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
We were not in a office. We were in a beautiful resort just outside London. Awesome!
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
We were always given clear instruction about what to do.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I would not have expected the company to invest so much money in such a program. They paid all our expenses and hosted us in a beautiful resort with awesome food and very nice rooms...and we are not even working for them. ;-)
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
After the Academy Week I got an offer for an Internship in London. That is my dream coming true. I just hope to get an offer for a graduate job after my internship.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I would say that 99% of the people who attended the Academy Week were very friendly. I would love to work with them in the future.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
PwC paid for everything.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?