I’m very sorry to be writing my final blog about my experiences in PwC this summer. It’s been quite the ride! Since I got back from the states two weeks ago, I’ve been working in the VAT department. Again it’s been challenging getting to grips with another part of the firm’s operations - I’ve been exposed to a whole new set of procedures, processes and tasks in VAT. The work here is particularly suited to someone with a legal orientation, but despite my not being from that background I’ve been really well prepared to do the work by the help and advice given to me by my colleagues here. Again, I feel like I’m touching on something that reoccurred to me throughout my time here: the commitment to helping summer interns like myself to learn and improve is really second to none. This is part of what sets doing an internship in a company like PwC apart from other opportunities available to students looking to gain some experience: the commitment to bringing on the interns, helping them to learn and understand rather than letting them flounder and try to figure the work out by themselves. From what I can gather about graduate positions and careers all the way up to partner level, it’s this collegiate atmosphere of support that is the norm, and that is what sets this place apart.
Reflecting on the whole experience from the first week of training in June, I must say that it has been a lot more pleasant than I would have expected. Make no mistake, we got work done but there was never any point at which I felt significantly stressed or under pressure(not that recovering from jetlag last week was a bed of roses or anything). It’s been an overwhelmingly positive experience to be able to walk into the office, see everyone and get the business done before clocking out for the evening every day. Considering the opportunities I’ve been given to travel along with the everyday, I’ve had a really great time here which I’m very grateful for. I’m not pandering either, I don’t need to: the experience speaks for itself.
I’ll be sorry to finish up here tomorrow with all of the other interns. Hopefully it’ll be a case of au revoir and not adieu forever. They’ve really been a huge part of what made the experience so special and training with them on Fridays provided some of the biggest laughs and the best memories from the whole 8 weeks. Whatever happens in the future I know I’ll miss being an intern with this group(cue Oscar speech style tears, exit music and Irish college style copybook signing).
Anyway, limpid sentimentality aside I hope that anyone reading has found these blogs informative(most importantly) and not too lifeless(couldn’t hurt) and I hope that they would make you consider applying to PwC to work here as an intern or in whatever capacity. My experience has been terrific and I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that. The most important thing in the end is to give it a go and see what you learn about yourself. Best of luck.