1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my internship. It was an invaluable experience for me and I didn't mind giving up my holidays to work for PwC as my internship was both a lot of learning and a great fun.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Everyone at the PwC is very friendly and helpful. On the other hand, no one insist that you become close friends with every single person in the firm. All people are treated very well and atmosphere is great too.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was supported all the times. Even though my tasks were challenging I always had someone to ask any questions I had. I was encouraged to be proactive in asking any questions so that not only I do the job properly but also I get a better understanding of the purpose of my job and purpose of the whole audit process.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I have never been bored during my internships. On some occasions it was really busy and I actually had to work a bit longer hours. However thanks to all this I had a chance to get a real insight into how auditors' everyday work looks like.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
During my internship I was given demanding and challenging tasks which were always matched with my skills and abilities. I had a chance to be responsible for a particular audit steps which of course were then reviewed by other members of staff. The internship provided me with work experience that I can expect when I join the company as a graduate.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills I acquired during my placement (communication, teamwork, analytical etc) will be very applicable not only to my professional career but also to the everyday life.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The teams in which I worked were always friendly and vibrant. Even if tasks I was supposed to do were not that exciting, I always fully enjoyed my time spent with other employees.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
My internship was perfectly organised in terms of all the aspects. At the beginning I attended a 3 day residential training and all the logistics were to the highest standard (transportation, accommodation, and training). Also the rest of my internship was well organised - I was booked on proper teams, I received laptop with all the necessary software already installed, I had no problem with claiming back expenses etc
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
A lot of resources were invested in my training - both in terms of costs and staff hours. On top of an initial residential training I was assigned a Buddy (a recent joiner to help me with every day matters) and a People Manager (person advising me on my development areas). I also was required to sit many on-line trainings and had access to other training resources, such as manuals and brochures. The most relevant in terms of my work duties was on-the-job training - I was constantly coached by my colleagues on how to perform the tasks I was assigned.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The employment prospects within the company are very appealing to me - this is because they offer top quality training (including studying towards ICAS qualification), many development opportunities as well as very friendly work environment.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There was just two of us at the time I was an Interns and even though we wre not working on the same teams we still managed to get to know each other well.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The costs of living and socializing in Aberdeen are quite high, expecially for an average student. Luckily with a competetive salary this is not a problem.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Aberdeen is a very vibrant city with extremely active nightlife and I had a chance to enjoy it during my Internship.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
The company offers many opportunities to get involved - sport events, charity events (one can also spend some time during work hours to do charity work) and other social events (nights out)