1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Trainee tax associate where I create tax computations, work with client data, deal with clients, deal with internal queries, contact HMRC, deal with clients and general administration duties. When on a client, I do have responsibilities and am expected to have personal responsibility for my work.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I am training for my ATT qualification, I have numerous internal training courses such as tax accounting, revenue v capital training, time management training, etc (tax specific courses). I have learnt lots of new skills, how to manage my time, work in a professional environment, conduct myself professionally. I am also doing a business diploma with my job.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I thoroughly enjoy my work as tax is very interesting to me, my team are very friendly, approachable and eager to train me, my company is one of the top employers in the world and I thrive working for them. I don't particularly enjoy the diploma but everything else is great. It has exceeded my expectations, I truly enjoy my job.
4. How valued do you feel by PwC?
I think I am very valued - I'm not just told to do jobs, managers ask me if I have capacity to take on work, they ensure I know what I am doing, they check I'm not struggling with any tasks I've been given.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
My induction was well organised as we were initially put in with all new starts across the country so we could learn about the company together, my training was of a high standard - I regularly go on new course to increase my level of skills, as my job is flexi-time I have enough time in the evening to study after work, my people manager offers a fantastic level of support.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
We have email access to our tutor so whenever we have a question, it's guaranteed to be answered. I enjoy learning at college and find it to be good support. However, Kaplan did mess up a question that featured in our exam as they didn't cover it in class.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive a great amount of support, my PM is fantastic at supporting me- he goes above and beyond his role on a daily basis to ensure I'm ok. The general attitude of the team is that the juniors are here to be trained - we aren't given work above our roles, we are guided through what we do and regularly given internal training courses.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I don't think my salary meets my costs at all, I moved to Manchester and live alone therefore my living costs are high as are my travel costs.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes, there are numerous social events, we are encouraged to join clubs within the company to network and I am part of PwC in the community, aiming to go to local primary schools and help take part in numeracy activities with the children.
9a. Would you recommend PwC to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I have an incredible job, PwC are a great company to work for.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to PwC? *
You have to be prepared to work hard, but you will be rewarded for the hard work in the long run.
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