1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
On the first day we had an induction in London where we met other people on the week and learnt more about what we where going to do. We where given our laptops and shown how to use them. On the other days I worked in Assurance, Tax and Consulting. I shadowed someone who worked in that area and got to see what they did and also ask questions. I also had the opportunity to talk to a senior manager which I found really interesting. On the final day we worked on a client project and had to pitch it in front of an audience.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt how to communicate better as I was surrounded by people in a professional environment. Additionally I have definitely improved my team working and presentation skills thanks to the final day pitch. Working with people I had never met and presenting in front of a client has certainly helped.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoyed the week immensely. I got to work in a huge company and had the opportunity to talk to current employees. On on of the days I got to go and work at a client site which I found really interesting.
4. How valued do you feel by PwC?
I felt really valued as staff had taken time out of their week to accommodate us and allow us to see what they do. Everyone was really friendly and answered any question I had for them.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
It was very organised. We where emailed a schedule weeks in advance and we had email from our buddies telling us what we were going to do that day. We had weekly timetable so roughly knew what we would be doing each day.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
They supported me throughout the week and were easily contactable. We were told what we had to do to improve our chances of getting on the week and we were given advice on how to get the most out of the week.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
They were very supportive as they showed us how to use their systems and were helpful with any queries I had. Each day we had presentations/conferences via our laptops which gave advice on the future and the skills that PwC where looking for.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
It was good because as along with getting paid, my travel expenses were paid for and I had overnight accommodation in London also paid for. I wasn't expecting to be paid so it was a nice bonus.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
We were told about future opportunities and if you wanted to join on the School/College Leaver Programme you would get a head start on everyone else as you would go straight to an assessment center.
9a. Would you recommend PwC to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I wanted to originally become a Chartered Accountant so that would mean working in Assurance. However, after this week I have realised that it is Consulting that I want to go into. Without taking part in this week I would have never considered consulting so it enabled me to find out what I want my future to look like.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to PwC? *
Don't panic over the telephone interview. It sounds a lot harder than it is. That however doesn't mean don't be prepared for it. Make sure you have experiences which you can make relevant to the role.
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