1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My day to day role on the business insight week consisted of completing tax return forms, drafting emails, and going over tax questionnaires. I had the opportunity to interact a lot with my mentors team, and also was able to network with others in the firm.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have somewhat expanded my employability skills through the webex seminars. I have definitely largely gained networking skills and was made to realise the importance of gaining contacts and the benefits of using a medium such as Linkedin to keep in touch with these professionals.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The company culture was great, everyone I met was nice. Although I was slighlty nervous about the experience beforehand since I did not know anyone, but was at ease when I met the staff, and the mentors I worked with were very approachable and helpful. I enjoyed my time with the students I became acquainted with as well. Overall I had some good memories with my team and the people I worked with.
4. How valued do you feel by PwC?
I felt valued and appreciated by my team although it would have been nice to have some more substantial direct involvement in the day to day work. However overall the experience was evidently well thought out and I felt valued by the mentors and team since they made effort to maximise our insight into the company.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The experience was well organised and the plans for the week were clearly set out for us. It would have probably been useful to have a more detailed pre-planned description of exactly what we would be doing with our mentors on each day of shadowing. Our mentor was unforunately not there during most of the programme. However the people I worked with instead were great and tried to find work for us. Overall the programme was well organised.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I received a good amount of support and the general attitude towards helping me, even outside of my team was very positive. I definitely enjoyed the programme.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Again, general attitudes were positive towards helping with any issues or questions, from my mentor and team, and also beyond these people. The overall attitude of staff was very good.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Travel costs were covered for long journeys which was good. The pay was more than sufficient.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
In terms of leisure, some other students and I played table tennis nearby and there was a lounge with many facilities for relaxing during lunch.
9. Would you recommend PwC to a friend?
The company's culture is great and even those in a senior position to you are welcoming and willing to help you in your endeavours.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to PwC?
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