1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
First day was a national induction day where all the students across England met in Birmingham and we spent the day on group exercise activities. We were also told of the agenda for the rest of the week. Thus, the rest of the week I spent most of my time in the financial consulting sector and also was fortunate to listen to people working in the tax and audit sectors too. Thus I had a better overall understanding of the various roles catering in the professional service.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I mostly developed existing skills. This includes: communication, team working and organisational skills.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoyed most aspects of the programme. Perhaps, I'd have enjoyed it even further had I got involved in more tangible work, but then again I suppose its just insight week.
4. How valued do you feel by PwC?
Surprisingly, I feel PwC valued me more than I expected considering I am just a student on the Business Insight Week. For that, I am grateful and I hope to be remain part of PwC's network.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
For such a massive programme, it was very well organised. The first day went smooth and so were the remaining days.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I have received decent amount of support. Everyday around 4, I used to have webinar sessions with her, with all the students. Kate and Jenny, who were my training providers, gave us general advice and tips which was very useful.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I shadowed a junior associate, who was my buddy, known as Joe. He was very supportive and immediately helped me settle in the workplace. He took me to his meetings and aside from work we also engaged on a more personal level during lunches. He was very friendly and he offered me his hand if I have any possible queries in the future.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My salary meet my costs relatively well, although I felt my travel costs to get to More London office was rather expensive and thought perhaps PwC could have paid a little bit more on this regard. Nevertheless, the salary was fantastic considering work experiences these days are usually for free. It's always nice to get paid, especially considering this is my first pay.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There weren't many opportunities outside of work, but I did get to play table tennis every lunch time...
9a. Would you recommend PwC to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
It brings great insight into the professional sector, you get to learn alot of things which you usually would not find on the internet. Also, you get paid too.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to PwC? *
A massive tip I'd give is before the interview, actually do extensive research on PwC and what they do. This way you won't get stumbled on the interview and you can really impress the interviewer too as it shows you took the effort to research about them.
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