1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
The work experience programme lasted for a week, the first day was a training day where we learned more about pwc, the different service lines and getting our own laptops for the week. The next 3 days were spent shadowing our 'buddy' in their service line. The final day was a team presentation exercise where we had to prepare a solution to a probelm.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes I have definitely developed my teamwork, networking, communication, techinical, computer and presentation skills as well as people skills. There are a lot of team exercises and you meet a lot of people so you can learn how to strike up a conversation with someone you have never meet before.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really enjoyed this programme and would definitely recommend it to anyone who is interested in a career in finance. It was really fun to be a pwc employee for a week and I leanred a lot more about pwc as a firm, their values, and met some really nice people.
4. How valued do you feel by PwC?
Very valued as they paid us for the week (£9.40 an hour in London), gave us laptops and our own pwc email address, and hoodies on the last day. They also paid for all travel costs and gave us a lot of helpful tips and advice for applying to pwc in the future.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Really well organised, you could tell that a lot of effort and time went into planning this programme as we had booklets with lots of information, daily webex sessions from student recruitment, and each day was well planned out and we received a timetable at the beginning of the week.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Lots of support, there was a always someone there to help you like your buddy or the hr lady who was in charge of your region. They emailed us everyday and all the other pwc employees were really considerate and friendly and approachable. There was always someone you coudl talk to or shadow or help in their work.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Lots of support, there was always someone who could help you if you were stuck with someonthing, alwasy someone to talk to and gove you advice, and my buddy was really helpful as he gave me his contacts in pwc so that I could speak to other people in other service lines and get a wide varitey of experiences during teh week.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Really well, I was paid £9.40 an hour in London for the week, and pwc paid for all travel expenses, and this was really nice as most work experience programmes aren't paid for, which shows that pwc really valuedd us. All my costs were met and I think the salary was very competitive.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
As we were there for a week, we didn't really have many oppotunities for events outside of work, but all the emplyees i spoke to said there were lots of clubs, and trips and events like team lunches, dinners with partners and even trips abroad like a week skiing in France.
9a. Would you recommend PwC to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
PWC is a really big global company, and doing a programme like this not only looks good on your CV but alo gives you an inght into teh business world, develops key skills like teamwork and networking, you can meet new people and learn more about teh firm adn teh service lines.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to PwC? *
Don't be put off by teh lengthy application process! Practice a lot for the psychrometric tests (you can find practice tests online) and reseach pwc on their website and in the news and talk about their business, what you like and don't be nervous! Just be yourself and be confident and smile!
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