1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a Tax Associate for my team, which involves mainly compliance work, working on both UK and US clients. I work with a variety of people from associates to directors
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
My knowledge of UK and US tax has developted greatly, my communication and organisational skills are much better. I have also develpoped my communication and micro-management skills on a personal level
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The programme is very enjoyable given the degree of responsibility I have. I am given a number of different opportunities and if I have any issues i do not feel worried discussing them.
4. How valued do you feel by PwC?
I feel very valued, the help they offer and new opportunities I am exposed to is something I would not get at many other firms. Any individual issues I have are easy to discuss and PwC does their best to resolve the problems.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is very structured with my college and examination days planned out well in advance which helps me plan ahead when it comes to work. We are given time off work to take our exams and study showing the positive attitude the company has to our studies.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The training providers offer a lot of support, be it online or with paper resources. They give us contact details should we have any pressing questions or issues. They regularly contact me and schedule meetings to track progress and assess next steps.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My employer is very supportive, if I am struggling at work they are understanding and can help. I feel comfortable making requests for time off an other training as they understand the importance.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
As I live quite far away travel costs and time are quite substantial, however my salary more than covers these costs. Although discounted travel is offered for apprentices living in London, I think it would be fairer if it were offered to those who live outside, as our travel costs are far higher than those who just travel on the underground and live in the city.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are a number of opportunities, such as football teams and extra classes you can take to leatn languages or new skills. These are on weekdays and weekends so you can be flexible and not restricted to one date.
9a. Would you recommend PwC to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Because I enjoy it as my feedback shows so I don't see why my friends would not enjoy it. If university is not their first choice I would recommend this as you experience the world of work whilst working towards a qualification.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to PwC? *
The application process is probably as focused on you as a person as it is on your intelligence. If you are worried you might not be as smart as some other applicants don't let it put you off as it is not just down to that.
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