1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
At work I am responsible for a whole area of testing, obtaining evidence from the client and documenting the results of testing. I work with excel daily and work in large and small teams
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Developed my organisation skills and can effectively manage my workload. Good communication skills are paramount and these have improved so that I can adapt my style to the client I am speaking to.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Thoroughly enjoy the different elements. Studying at University and being able to be a student and then working at PwC, earning money and putting in practice the things we have learnt is such a good opportunity.
4. How valued do you feel by PwC?
Recognition awards are given when managers believe we have gone above and beyond our normal business requirements. There are office socials and meals out after jobs finish to reward us for our hard work.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Very well structured. Spliting time between university and work means there is a good balance between student life and working life. The structure of the modules at university prepares you for the work you perform whilst at work.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The ICAEW provide all of our materials and books whist at University and provide sessions every few months about changes to the syllabus or exams- e.g. the new computer exams introduced. This is good to be kept in the loop. We also receive emails whilst on placement with the question banks attached to allow us to start revising early.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
A huge amount of support. The end of year appraisal process sees people managers meet with us on a 1:1 basis to discuss our progress and compare our progress to the objectives we set at the start. Whilst working the people manager is always available and on site the in-charge provides any immediate help. HR are sometimes not as available but on the whole, the process works well.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
All my costs associated with work are reimbursed therefore my salary is simply mine. It could be said that PwC are the lowest paying out of the big four accountancy firms however, due to their good reputation, good training and socials it is accepted.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are many events to get involved in. The annual sports day, christmas social, spring social and Students Chartered Accountants society put on events throughout the year.
9a. Would you recommend PwC to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
The opportunities for global/UK travel are huge and cannot compare to any other company. The 'family' atmosphere is so important and evident at PwC.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to PwC? *
They are looking for a well rounded individual with good communication skills who can bring something extra to PwC. Make sure you state what you can offer the firm.
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