1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
The Business Insight Week was a one week long program designed to give an in depth look at PwC and what they do. The first day was held at the Birmingham office and was an induction day for all the candidates to meet and for PwC to give an overview of the week and hand out laptops for the week. The next three days where spent shadowing at your local office, which was Southampton for me. The final day was spent at the London office on a client project.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have developed my employability, through both the Webex conferences and being in the office enviroment. My business accumen has definitely improved greatly as have my networking skills.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoyed the programme very much as it gave me a chance to visit three PwC offices as well as the chance to sample what working at PwC would actually be like.
4. How valued do you feel by PwC?
I felt extremely valued by all members of PwC.No matter what role or position somebody was in everybody I met was happy to help and advise me. All the employees were happy to share their career stories and why they made the decisions they did.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I found the programme very well structured with the induction day preparing us for the week ahead. My buddy also set up lots of meeting with people of interest to us during our shadowing.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
As this was only a one week programme we did not have a training provider as such. However during the training/induction day, PwC were very supportive on all matters.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
PwC were constantly available for support before,during and after the programme and providing quick answers to any questions I had. My buddy at the office was also extremely helpful, providing support throughout the three days in Southampton.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
All of my travel costs during the week were paid for by the salary. In addition PwC paid for overnight accommodation in Birmingham on Sunday as well as my travel to Birmingham and London as these locations were not my base office.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
As I was only there a week it was difficult to sample many of the company events and outside of work social activities, however, we did go out for lunch as a team everyday and I was invited to the PwC football.
9a. Would you recommend PwC to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I found the week extremely useful in preparing me for the assessment centre and partner interview. The week also allowed me to confirm to myself that this is a career that I am interested in and PwC will be a very good comapany to work for as they truly value their employees.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to PwC? *
I would advise candidates to prepare for the online tests by practicing a few times. For the telephone interview it is very important to have researched PwC and to have prepared some examples as the interview is competency based.
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