1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a tax associate in the People and organisation business unit (previously known as HRS). My work involves advising expats on their tax compliance in the UK and also includes some advisory work on the same issues.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
The scheme gets you an apprenticeship, a diploma in business and the ATT qualification but you'll learn most of the skills you obtain through working.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The culture is a fun and relaxed but at the same time we pride ourselves on being the best. We work hard and play hard.
4. How valued do you feel by PwC?
Although you come in very junior you do get given a lot of responsibility and control on your own tasks.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The course is structured well internally and externally with the ATT, however the diploma is a bore and can test very low skill levels at time which can be frustrating.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Kaplan are good providing everything you need for the ATT exams. They help out if you're struggling and the tutors are good. Again they provide tutors for the diploma as well but they can be below what you would reasonably expect.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Lots! PwC prides itself on the support and training it provides and arranges for its employees. We also take care as staff to help each other at every opportunity which is down to the great culture.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
For the amount of work you do and the value you bring to the business you may feel you don't get an appropriate salary, but I try and remind myself that the company is also spending a lot on training for me.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
The are many networks and sports clubs, ranging from religious to cultural to market area interests. There really is something for everyone. We also have loads of events for all the groups and various networking events.
9a. Would you recommend PwC to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Amazing culture, people and support. Excellent for training and learning. Clear promotion pathway (and targets) and remuneration details.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to PwC? *
Be confident about yourself and your qualities, let them shine in your assessment centre and interview. Don't be afraid to speak up and comment or ask questions to show your enthusiasm.
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