Intern at PwC

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Work Experience
£8 hourly
Review Date:
27th August 2016

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1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:


My main role was to shadow members of staff in PwC. I worked for two days in assurance and one in tax, and I ended up using specialist software to complete some of my tasks. I had to update financial information of client accounts for assurance, while in tax I had to recreate a previously completed tax account to understand the concepts and processes involved. I also had to analyse past reports of companies in order to see where tax paymnet could have been optimised, and discovered the almost courtlike nature of allowances.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?


I have learnt new skills in using specialist software for assurance and tax calculations, as well as developing understanding of how finance companies function, in particular PwC. I have developed my technical knowledge and discovered new school leaver programmes I was previously unaware of. I have also developed certain skills such as business and global acumen.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I enjoyed my programme to a large extent, as it gave me insight into the industry of finance, and the many careers associated with it. I enjoyed the work, as I found it interesting and challenging, and I feel that there is little more that could have been done to make my experience more enjoyable.

4. How valued do you feel by PwC?


Hugely valued, from the first day I have been treated not as an intern but as a full member of the staff, and was even given compliance training for new employees to carry out. The employees in my office were always happy to lend their time to me and asked me lots of questions, they even invited me to a leaving do for one of the workers there!

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


For the most part well structured, as we clear objectives for each day. However, for some on the programme they were not told where they were meant to be until the night before their work for sme specific days, which led to a partially frustrating experience for a few of the students on the programe. Aside from the numerous last minute changes, the larger events all took place as they should have, and so the overall organisation of the event was good.

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?


All I could need, any support I required I could ask through a number of different ways. The training provider was very approachable and sorted out a lot of issues among the students on the programme, I don't think anyone was disappointed with their week, I certainly wasn't! Responses to emails would always be prompt and helpful, no problems were to be found here.

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?


The employer gave as much support as I could want, facilitating changes in line of work at request, and even setting up meetings with senior members of the company purely because I asked for it. I was given constant support and was never left on my own, the employer was exemplary

7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?


Perfectly, reimbursement for the expenses of travelling covered any costs incurred over the week.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


The commute was a little long, however worth the time spent in the office. I was invited to a leaving dinner for one of the employees outside of work and for working only three days in that particular office, I valued the invitation highly. However the flexibility in the company was demonstrated to me clearly, and I could see that for regular employees, there were nuerous opportunities outside of work.

9a. Would you recommend PwC to a friend? *


9b. Why? *

It was an excellent programme, providing invaluable insight. I could not have asked any more from the programme, and will definitely recommend it to anyone looking to go into this line of work. The work was varied and interesting, I was able to talk to a range of people about their experiences in the company, and worked on live client projects. Superb experience, in every respect.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to PwC? *

Put all of your effort into the application process, as if you get through, it will definitely be worth it. The experience and insight gained surpasses the long process of application and the numerous forms and stages, it is absolutely worth it so make sure that you do your best to get accepted.

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