1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a trainee associate at PwC in the transaction services department. I perform due diligence on company accounts in relation to mergers and acquisitions. A lot of my work is excel based
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes I have developed my IT skills becoming much more competent at both excel and power point. My business skills have also improved and I have achieved qualifications to reflect this in the form of a CFAB
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy working for PwC as it is a large company with plenty of opportunities and an exciting culture. I work within a team which I get on very well with each other. Sometimes the work can be monotonous but on the whole I enjoy it.
4. How valued do you feel by PwC?
I feel reasonably well valued at PwC. I get respect at work and I do feel like I have the chance to voice opinions. However sometimes I have to work long hours with no overtime pay which makes me feel under valued.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I think it is very well structured. I had exams that were spaced throughout the year. We received teaching for these exam weeks in advance which gave us time to study. We received plenty of support throughout the programme.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
A good deal. as well as classes before exams we also had monthly calls with a Kaplan tutor, who would help us prepare our diplomas. These tutors were always contactable about any problems that occurred.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I received good support from my employer and particularly from my people manager. He helped with initial training and always on hand to answer any queries.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
As I am living at home with my parents at the minute, the salary covers my costs fine. However I do feel that the pay is low and If I was to move out I would struggle to pay the rent etc.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There is a good social aspect at PwC. I have been on numerous away days, involving group activities. Also I took part in a charity 5 aside football tournament run by the firm.
9a. Would you recommend PwC to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
It is a large company that is enjoyable to work at. There are plenty of good people and the culture is good. There are many opportunities for progression within the firm.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to PwC? *
During the application process it is important to practice the aptitude tests on line as much as possible as you can't get an interview without passing these. For the interview you should study PwCs core competencies as these are what the questions will centre around
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