1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My job title is a 'trainee associate', my daily tasks change everyday depending on the job I am on. I am usually out on client site, interacting with the client. I usually test PPE and payroll but am capable of testing other areas.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have sat 4 lots of exams so far which I have found difficult but use them in my job everyday and found them very useful. I also do a diploma which involves written work which helps me consider all the areas of my job and how this effects me and why it is useful. Using excel is a very key area in my day-to-day job and my use of excel has improved drastically.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Working in a team of people helps me feel more welcome at PwC and I feel I have made friends here already. Sometimes I struggle with my work-life balance in busy periods but I do not regret taking this job as it is an excellent opportunity and the training I am getting is very important.
4. How valued do you feel by PwC?
Most days before I leave the manager on the job will thank me for my work which I feel is very personal and makes me feel appreciated. Similarly, after every job I request feedback which shows that the people above me have taken note of my strengths at work but also my weaknesses.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
All information for training programmes is provided well in advance so that we can book hotels and travel. In relation to when busy periods at work are, this can sometimes be slightly less well structured and this may increase the pressure to revise but also to perform our work. Everyone is provided with a people manager and a buddy who are both there if you have questions, or need anything.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
We are provided with all our material 2 months prior to our exams to get a basic understanding before we begin college time. Our tutor provides their e-mail for any questions we may have once our college time has finished, there has also been a question board provided to us. If I have failed an exam they are very supportive and ask how they can improve and what I may need to pass on my second attempt.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Everyone is provided with a people manager for any general problems which I find extremely helpful, even if you think you are asking a stupid question. When working on jobs, you also have a coach to ask any questions to and they will explain and guide you through the work you need to perform
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
As I still live at home, I have minimal outgoings and my salary at the moment just about covers all my costs. However, I am not left with much spare money to spend on myself. Overall, the salary seems to be fair as I feel most school leavers will still be living at home.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
PwC are always holding social events and opportunities to help charities which are heavily promoted within the company. I find these opportunities arising on a regular basis.
9a. Would you recommend PwC to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
PwC offers huge opportunities to progress your career without having to go to university. The dynamics of the people you work with create an enjoyable place of work and it helps increase your knowledge of businesses.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to PwC? *
During the application process I found that the best advice I would have liked to have been given is to be myself and try to not be nervous, even though that's easier said than done. I would have like to have been told that the exams are NOT easy and this route is not for people who don't like exams and struggle revising.
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