1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
On my Business Insight Week at PwC I initially travelled to spend the Monday with everyone on the week in the Birmingham office for an introduction to the prospective week. I then spent the next three days shadowing PwC employees with two days in assurance and one day in tax. On the Friday I then travelled to the Leeds office to learn about future opportunities with PwC and made a presentation in my group.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Over the week I learnt a variety of new skills such as my communication and relationship skills when meeting a lot of new people. My buddies that I was shadowing through the week also set me some tasks to complete on excel which has improved my excel skills which I learnt is an important skill as excel is used daily in tax and assurance.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I found the program thoroughly enjoyable as all the PwC employees I met were incredibly welcoming and personable which allowed me to have a fun time and ask any questions I had freely without feeling like I may be bothering them. Also meeting like minded peers that are the same age and have similar aspirations to me was something I found very enjoyable.
4. How valued do you feel by PwC?
I feel valued by PwC as throughout the week they placed a lot of trust in me by for example giving me a laptop to complete my work on for the week. Since the week they have also kept in contact notifying me of future opportunities with PwC which makes me feel valued by them.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
On the whole the programme was well organised as we were notified prior to the week of the timetable and where and what we would be doing. However when actually shadowing the PwC employees it sometimes felt like it had not been organised enough and sometimes felt like the people I was shadowing gave me some non-meaningful work for the sake of giving me something to do. I must say this was on the odd occasion and for the majority of the three days spent shadowing I had more then enough to be getting on with.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I was assigned to a buddy for each day who would give you any support if needed throughout the time spent with them. They were each incredibly helpful and I felt they all were very keen to offer any help or advice they could.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I received a lot of contact through email with the recruitment team over the course of my placement and at no point did I feel that I did not have enough support from them.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Over the week I received £7.85 per hour which I felt was very generous and on top of this my costs on Monday to Birmingham and on Friday to Leeds were also reimbursed.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
After the week there are a number of follow up events and opportunities with PwC.
9. Would you recommend PwC to a friend?
They are a very well renowned employer and a huge cooperation which offers a huge range on benefits. They are a global company which gives the opportunity for travel and most of all every PwC employee I met seemed genuinely nice which creates an environment I think anyone would like.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to PwC?
Do your research about the company and about things like the PwC Proffesional.
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