1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Over the week,I spent my time shadowing a lady on the graduate scheme who worked in the tax service line. I attended a few client site meetings and I spent some time learning more about VAT liability on different products.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes!I have definitely become more confident in terms of speaking to people I have never met before and talking to them about things which I have very limited knowledge about. I have also developed my analytical skills, in that I have been challenged to analyse products and their VAT liability and also sets of information regarding different clients.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really enjoyed my time on this programme as on the first and last day we were provided with an opportunity to meet others who were in the same position as us, on the Business Insight Week, and were just in othere offices. We found out plenty of information about the other programmes PwC have to offer. I also had a great time meeting the people in the office.
4. How valued do you feel by PwC?
Extremely! We were paid for the work experience a good amount of money as well as given laptops to use for the week with our own login details and email addresses as well as hoodies at the end of the week. This was quite exciting. We were always contacted by members of HR who were providing us with large amounts of information to guide us through. They also offered extra support for us after the programme including exclusive preparation for the assessment centre.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Overall, there was generally a good structure for the programme:first day all meet for induction in the London office, 3 days shadowing your buddy, last day regional session in various places. However, in terms of the three days spent in the office with your buddy, this could be more organised as you found that coordinators were trying to get you into as many meetings as possible last minute and quickly emailing managers to ask if they had any work to be done. This was great, but if there was a prearranged structure that may be better.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Your buddy is brilliant in terms of support. Up to a week in advance of the work experience your buddy will contact you to let you know if they have anything in particular lined up, to answer any questions and prep you for the week which is really useful. They are also always there though out your few days to make sure you understand what may be going on.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
PwC provide you with a whole day induction to prep you on everything you may be doing in the week. They also give you a participant's guide at the beginning of the week which is really useful too.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
You get paid the living wage, so London living wage if you are located in a London Office. It is a great pay and all your travel expenses if you travel to a client site or another office are paid for by the company.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
I'm not too sure about this. I know there is plenty of opportunity to go abroad and volunteer.
9a. Would you recommend PwC to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
It's a great networking experience and an opportunity to find out about other jobs in the accounting firm that you may not have thought about before, such as roles within HR etc. It's also a realistic view of what it would be like to work. You are tel related exactly like their employees.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to PwC? *
Make sure you sell the best aspects of yourself and be confident in yourself at all times. Research is key so make sure you know enough about the company.
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