1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
While at university, I would have lectures pretty much every day. Then from January to April I worked for PwC at London. The ability to both learn in the fantastic Henley Business School in Reading and then apply this knowledge in PwC is what makes this course stand out.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt many new skills while on this course. There are the obvious skills such as the knowledge you gain from attending the university but the real advantage is that you learn how to apply this knowledge in the real world. From working you get to develop your soft skills at a much earlier stage.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really enjoy the PwC programme at Reading. The lecturers in Reading are brilliant and you feel as though they really care about your progression both in the classroom and out of the classroom.
4. How valued do you feel by PwC?
PwC really make you feel like a valued member of the company. During university they assign to Reading two members of staff who you can contact at any time about any problems regarding PwC
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The course is very well structured. Particularly as we are away for the whole of second term the lecturers are very efficient and effective in the way they teach you in first and third term.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
During the course you receive massive support from the training provider. They will regularly contact you through the year and through placement to make sure everything is going well
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
PwC give the students great support throughout the placement in particular. They appoint specific Flying Start Champions who make a real effort throughout to look after you on placement.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary package is great. PwC provide accommodation throughout your placement which is very helpful. The salary you receive is great and it more than suffices even in London.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are several opportunities outside work. These are mainly when at uni as during the placement you are working very hard with often long hours particularly in London. However you do get rewarded with overtime pay.
9a. Would you recommend PwC to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
PwC is a massive global firm with a great reputation. Therefore to work with them at such a young age is brilliant for your progression and it sets you up brilliantly for when you leave uni.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to PwC? *
The main thing in the interview process is to have confidence. I personally feel that they are looking for people with a strong personality who is confident in their own ability. Read up on recent PwC business and try and enjoy the interview day!
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