Auditor at PwC

Start Date:
Yorkshire & The Humber
Programme Type:
School Leaver Programme
£18,800 annually
Review Date:
April 2019

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Review Score

8.4 /10

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


On a day to day basis, i work on a number of different pension schemes. I am generally office based with the pensions team, sometimes working remotely from home or with the team in Manchester. I contact clients via phone and email to ask queries and audit their accounts. We take their unpublished accounts and verify the numbers before the accounts are send for use by third parties.

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


The main skills i have learnt since joining PwC are around socialisation. I work with a variety of people and meet colleagues who i don't particularly work with on a daily basis. This has enhanced my confidence massively to the point where i am now a key member of the social committee. Despite the auditing skills as part of the job, i have also learnt how to deal with various clients in a professional manner. My emailing skills have also improved.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I really have always enjoyed my programme in the 18 months i have been here. The people i work with are amazing and the social benefits really take away the pressure of work. I have so much support around me that i never feel alone. I love how flexible work is so i can create my own working hours and work wherever i feel comfortable.

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4. How well organised/structured is your programme?


I think the first 5 years of progression at PwC are amazingly structured. There is a clear progression with promotions and pay rises in every June. The exams/ college time are planned well in advance so you can see when your exams are coming up. There is also a lot of support in the first year with a buddy to help you settle in

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


We receive a lot of support at PwC. You get a buddy to help you settle in casually. There is a career coach which monitors your progression and will help to resolve any problems you have. You also receive a mentor who helps you look long term at your goals and how to achieve them. In addition, most managers/ in charges are really supportive on a job by job basis.

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


It is a very tight schedule for exams that comes with a lot of pressure. However, the tutors at kaplan are able to give support in and out of class. You also have a full peer group in the same situation to share worries. There are always people looking out for you at work including your career coach.

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


The detail of the course is not always as applicable to a pension scheme as it is to a corporate job. However, the underlying concepts are still relevant and help me perform better in my role. I think i takes time for it to all fit together but eventually it does and the qualification allows us to complete work to a better standard.

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.)


Absolutely. We have the social committee which i am a part of. We arrange a sports day, away day, christmas party etc. We are also part of LCASS (Leeds Chartered Accountant Student Society) who hold events that we attend. We have recruitment opportunities to go into school/ college/ university. We also run various teams such as football and netball that run weekly.

9a. Would you recommend PwC to a friend?


9b. Why?

PwC is such a friendly atmosphere. You are never alone as someone has always been through the stage you are at. There is so much support that you should never have to stay worried about anything. The job itself is enjoyable and can be suited around you regarding flexibility etc. Finally, the benefits we get are above and beyond a normal company.

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

Just try to be yourself as much as possible and be passionate about anything. You need to show that you can work in a team as it is a major part of our business. Learn a bit about the business and have an idea how technology is affecting the accountancy world.

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