1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
On a day-to-day basis I was part of an audit team. My daily tasks included doing EGA's for revenue, cost of slaes, accruals, and credit memos. I confirmed invoices to bank statements and documenting my findings of tests carried out. I had regular independent contact with the client.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learned how to use PwC's online software called Aura. And I have learned what an audit involves and some of the tests that need to be carried out.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I was working on three different jobs. All three teams were very nice and easy to get along with. The company as a whole is good to work for but the hours are very long and it is hard to get any paid overtime. I enjoyed my place,ent on the whole.
4. How valued do you feel by PwC?
All of my work carried out received positive feedback. When i9 could improve it, i received constructive critisism and advice. And when I did a good job i received praise and appreciation for my work and effort.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I received a week of training prior to starting at PwC. I feel that this could have been improved. And also, I feel I should have learned some audit at university before starting at placement as I started there quite clueless!
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
My tutor emailed me once on placement to see how I was getting on. I did not receive much contact from the university whilst on placement, however, I did not feel that this was neccessary because if I had a problem then i knew who i could get in contact with and knew that they would help me if i needed it.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I received support from the audit team I was working on. The team was very willing to support and help me. The manager was too busy to support me as it was busy season and I had little interaction with the HR team.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The living cost during placement was paid for. This was good because I still had my university rent to pay whilst on placement. The salary we received covered the rent at university, travel on placement, social costs and dialy costs. There was not much saved from placment by the end as i was in London and this is an expensive place to live but the money i received on placement covered everything i needed whilst on placement.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes! There are social events with the other Flying Starts. We often went for drinks every Friday after work. And at PwC at the end of our first month there was office driks with everyone in the office which was fun and also a great way to network.
9a. Would you recommend PwC to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
The compamy is seen as a very prestigous company and to train with them and get them on your CV is fantastic experience for future jobs.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to PwC? *
Do a lot of research prior to the initial interview. I found the PwC website itself very useful and also studentroom.com. Prepare for this as it is how they get to know you and your personality will help you a lot if you do not meet the required entry grades.
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