1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
The majority of my days on placement have been spent completing audit work at client sites. This has involved working in different sized teams from as small as 3 to a team of over 30 and interacting with the client on a daily basis.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
The course gives you the opportunity to gain a degree whilst also completing the majority of the ICAEW professional exams. My personal and professional skills have both been developed during skills sessions at university and throughout my placements.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy that the work is team based and this really gives the firm a great culture. I feel very supported from both the university and PwC whilst on placements.
4. How valued do you feel by PwC?
The feedback process means that if you have completed a good piece of work, it will be recognised through good feedback. They have also introduced a giving back scheme which recognises those individuals which have worked over their contractual hours for a number of weeks.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The course is very well organised and structured. We are provided with training before we start our placements to ensure we feel prepared and to give us a chance to ask any questions.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The lecturers are very supportive and will make time to go through any areas that cause problems. Our learning materials (ICAEW study Manuals and Question banks) are provided for us.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
We are assigned a people manager which we have several meetings with over the course of our placements. This person was always available to provide me with any guidance that I required.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
For my current situations, the salary that we receive has been able to meet all my costs.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are often opportunities to get involved with company events and sports clubs outside of work.
9a. Would you recommend PwC to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I would recommend PwC to a friend for all of the above reasons. I think it is a really good company to work for and the course provides all the support you could want in order to get your career of to a great start.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to PwC? *
Advice that I would give people applying to this course would be to attend the university open days and to do plenty of research about the company. It is important to read PwC's core competencies and think about how you meet each.
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