1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
1st Year Accounting and Business Student. Attend lectures and seminars, as well as the PwC professional practice module. Independent study time is absolutely necessary for this course
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Improving with public speaking. Through taking ICAEW accredited exams, I am on course to achieve some of the ACA qualification through exemptions.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I do enjoy the programme; although it is often very challenging and you can fall behind if you don't keep on top of work. The culture of PwC is one of encouraging young talent and it is a comfort that they are there for support, along with HBS and the ICAEW
4. How valued do you feel by PwC?
I've yet to go on placement with PwC but I does seem like the programme is highly regarded within the company- so as an Accounting and Business student you may have the edge over other degree programmes.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme covers a nice range of business areas that are likely to prove useful in a business or audit context. There were issues with particular modules such as Economics and Law, although these are not accredited modules.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Personal tutors are available often.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Yet to go on placement, but I am expecting a good level of support.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary is competitive, but perhaps could be better in London considering the high cost of living- particularly travel! Perhaps solved with a travel allowance on an Oyster card?
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
PwC offers a range of sports, activities and voluntary opportunities which employees may get involved with.
9a. Would you recommend PwC to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
All in all, the programme offered puts you ahead of the game in terms of qualifying for the ACA qualification. On top of this, if you perform to the required standards, there is a graduate job already lined up in an office where you will already have connections.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to PwC? *
Just don't panic! Do your research, make sure it's what you want to do, prepare thoroughly, then on the day of the interview just be calm and act yourself!
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