Flying Start Degree Programme (FS3 Leeds) at PwC

Start Date:
Yorkshire & The Humber
Programme Type:
Sponsored Degree Programme
£1,400 monthly
Review Date:
April 2019

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Review Score

8.5 /10

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


Audit Supervisor working in the new Competency Centre based in Leeds but moving to Bradford. This specialises in the audit of Cash and PPE, supporting the work of onsite delivery teams while completing work remotely to drive standardisation and automation. Day to day this included coaching team members through their audit work, reviewing the work and managing calls and meetings.

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


I developed my management skills in terms of managing multiple commitments at once, often working on up to 8 engagements at any given time. Planning and prioritisation of work was essential. I also developed my people skills, working with and coaching and mentoring a team of 10 Client Service Administrators.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I really enjoy the programme as we learn content from a range of topics across Business, Accouting and Finance and also touch on Law and Economics. The content is challenging and intellectually challenging, but is balanced with practical work experience which is a really valuable opportunity to put the learning into practice.

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4. How well organised/structured is your programme?


The programme is very well structured, stating with Certificate Level exams in Year 1, followed by Professional Level Exams in Year 2. These are also balanced out with some university exams as to ensure a broad range of topics is covered. Timetables are provided at the start of each module and different module leaders interact with each other well to ensure deadlines are staggered

5. How much support do you receive from your employer?


Lots of support is received from PwC while we are on placement. Our Career Coach will support us through the achievement of our goals and discussing both short and long term plans, while there is also a Flying Start Champion in the office (a recently graduated FS) who is available to answer any of our questions and offer support.

6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?


Not much interaction with the training provider is required, but I feel this is received where necessary. A member of the ICAEW will give a talk every year to discuss any changes, developments, current issues, and remind us what we are working towards. We also receive updates by email and post where applicable.

7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?


The qualification helps our role as we cover lots of different topics from Accounting, Finance, Business, Law and Economics which gives us a broad range of knowledge which we can apply in our role. Working in audit requires not only accounting knowledge but also a broader knowledge of business and the way companies operate, which the qualification provides.

8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)


There are lots of social events, the largest being Christmas and end of busy season but also smaller socials throughout the year such as new joiner drinks, games nights, cinema socials etc. The activities are very varied and cater to lots of different interests. There are also sports teams, lunch time running club, volunteering events and more.

9a. Would you recommend PwC to a friend?


9b. Why?

It’s a great place to work in terms of the different experiences available, the chance to work on such varied engagements and opportunities for further personal development (e.g through career coaching or secondments to other areas of the firm). The work-life balance is sometimes challenging, especially in busy season, but if you are willing to work hard the benefits are good

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

To be aware that the job requires hard work and dedication, sometimes long hours and travelling, but the rewards are good and the firm is a great place to work in terms of the opportunities they offer. There are roles in various lines of service all over the world and PwC encourage employees to explore these.

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