1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Within PwC, I work in the Corporate Insolvency division which focuses on rescuing distressed companies and helping financial stakeholders recover value in the insolvency process. I have exposure to a variety of cases all at different stages of the insolvency process so no working day is the same- one day I could be working on a CDDA report (Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986) and the next I could be preparing to pay a dividend to creditors.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
PwC are very focused on developing their staff’s skills and knowledge. Events are scheduled every month for me to improve my technical knowledge in regards to Insolvency. I’m also encouraged to apply to other events such as coaching skills courses and Excel training courses. Through my day to day job and completion of my ACA exams to date I have improved my time, stress and analytical skills which I feel are transferable to every task that I complete within PwC.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy the programme very much. I have been given the opportunity to work for one of the world’s largest accounting and professional services firms at a very young age alongside the opportunity to qualify as a Chartered Accountant in only a few years. I am supported with every decision I make within the firm and have the opportunity to get involved in many charitable and external events to give back to the community. Though exam periods are relatively stressful, I am grateful to be involved in such a programme.
4. How valued do you feel by PwC?
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
My programme is very well structured. My first two years consist of the completion of the first six ACA exams of which I do two of every few months to allow me to gain a Certificate of Finance, Accounting and Business- we are also given the option to request to complete the full ACA. Alongside this, I work towards a Level 4 Diploma in Audit which allows me various experience to different divisions within PwC and also allows me the opportunity to enhance my business skills. Information is always communicated to myself and other higher apprentices and we are aware of any upcoming study leave or exams in advance.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I have little interaction with my training providers for my ACA exams- it is very ‘self-taught’. Some exams you will spend a day or two at college, others will be entirely self-study from the material provided. This can be quite difficult at times, but I know that someone will always be there to answer all of my queries.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive continuous support from PwC. As a higher apprentice, I am treated no differently to any other person within the firm. I am constantly encouraged to expand on my skills and strengths and find ways to get involved with various networking events to broaden my contacts for future opportunities. There are also regular focus groups for our peer group to discuss any queries they have which will be forwarded to senior members of staff so I feel that I always have the opportunity to voice my opinions and queries.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary and package that we receive is generous and increases each year in line with our expertise and performance.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are many opportunities outside of work- in particular networking events to broaden our contacts and chances for everyone to share their knowledge and journey. Networking events vary from internal peer group outings to events with lawyers and stakeholders.
9a. Would you recommend PwC to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
The opportunity that I've been given as well as the opportunities within the firm are very good. Not only is this programme a great way to kick start a career in a professional services firm, but the firm itself is an amazing firm to be involved with- I am proud to work at PwC.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to PwC? *
The initial application is the first way to really stand out and I think this stage is very important. Take time to complete your application, ensure that you give examples of how you're demonstrating skills as well as just stating them. You should be prepared for assessment centres and interviews and should therefore arrive on time and be familiar with PwC's core values. It is useful to apply your skills to PwC's professional attributes as this is what your interviewer will be looking for!
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