1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I attended the PwC Business Insight week which provided the opportunity to engage in the work PwC employees come in contact with everyday. For example, submitting tax returns and providing tax advice to people coming in to the country from client companies that have offices abroad.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have definitely improved my employability skills such as teamwork, time management, responsibility, leadership and undergoing SWOT analysis's when coming to and justifying an argument or conclusion. My IT skills have also improved considerably.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
This programme is a fantastic opportunity. I especially thought the experience was good for giving me an idea of what it is like to work in a real business environment and I was extremely surprised to find certain work within tax of all things quite interesting and challenging.
4. How valued do you feel by PwC?
Despite being quite young and inexperienced in the professional services world I felt very valued by PwC. I really liked the atmosphere in the building as I expected a global company such as this to be quite a serious and pressuring environment, not full of extremely friendly and intelligent people. Even with the age difference at no point did I not feel valued .
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is very organised and structured always with something to do if we found ourselves with some time on our hands. There is always time set out for meeting alternative departments to the one your based in and even very senior management which was a fantastic opportunity.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
This is where the programme really shines as my mentor for the days of work shadowing really went above and beyond constantly making opportunities for us to network and meet people in different departments and higher up the chain. We were also given so much support from PwC from the recruitment team, who ventured to never leave a question unanswered.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Just to reiterate PwC were fantastic in this aspect as there was always someone that was willing to give a helping hand if needed. The recruitment team and the staff in general will try and support you in any way you need.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I really wanted the experience of working in a reputable business like PwC therefore I would have done the business insight week galdly for free - however getting paid was a very good benefit, especially as it was £9:15 an hour in London.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes but as I was only there for a week I was unable to participate in them. My mentor was constantly telling me about the social drinks and the fact that many of them go on holiday together quite frequently.
9a. Would you recommend PwC to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
The people are fantastic and there is constant opportunity to experience new things. It is a great experience as you learn a lot about the industry not to mention it looks quite impressive on your CV and is bound to stand out.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to PwC? *
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