1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
It was called the Business Insight Week, and on the first day, all the people on the programme met for an induction day, where we were given laptops and also did group projects to get to know each other and PwC as a firm. After that we split off to our regional bases and shadowed our buddy, who had contacted us beforehand. This part is largely down to your buddy, but I met with a lot of people in his office, including a partner, and also did some tasks to help with his work. The last day was a group project working on a real life client project with other members of the week.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
My confidence definitely improved, because I had to meet new people constantly, and to make the most of the week it is ideal to be able to ask new people lots of questions. I also think my presentation skills improved thanks to the last day and the project.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really enjoyed the programme,much more so than I thought I would. Before I was a little bit apprehensive about having to spend a week of my holiday working,etc however I found it really interesting and enjoyable, as well as being hard work. I would definitely recommend it to others.
4. How valued do you feel by PwC?
PwC were amazing at organising everything and also sorting out any problem I had- It was much more professional than I could have expected, which again made me feel like I was useful in the work place. Also there was always someone I could speak to if anything was bothering me.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Very well organised, every day was planned with expenses forms given out if required. I never had any problems with being lost,etc because I was always told exactly what I was doing.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The induction day was very useful in telling us all about the week and also about PwC in general, and they made sure our laptops were set up and properly connected, and we were all happy and confident. They were also in constant contact in case we were stuck on anything.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
When I was with my buddy, he would always check I was okay and coping with all the work, as well as regular meetings over a cup of tea to see how I was doing and the progress I was making.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
For work experience I was delighted to be paid, and substantially more than I predicted! Expenses were covered, so I had little to spend money on, and there was a subsidised canteen in my office, so I spent little in comparison to my salary.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
As I was only there for a week, I did not get to experience anything extra to do with PwC outside of work, however from speaking to people it seems they offer a whole range of opportunities from language courses through to events and volunteering opportunities.
9a. Would you recommend PwC to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Because it gave me a really good insight into the world of work and also what I would like to do when I am older. It is also a chance to meet new people and make good networks. As well as getting paid, it leads to further openings with PwC in the future.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to PwC? *
Make sure you do the practice questions of the online tests, and also research for your interview whether it is in person or over the phone. Also keep up to date with the business world and the news in general. Finally be yourself and show your passion for the role.
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