1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Assuring client accounts, Making reconciliations between client provided data and externally generated data. Speaking with customers and suppliers of the given client for the purpose of confirming whether the client data was indeed correct. Having catch-ups with my team, filling in any areas which my fellow teammates were having issues with.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt how to use excel in a much more confident manner,. learning the basic skills was key in my first week. I have learnt how to perform reconciliations and the questions i must ask to clients in order to do this a way which does not breach the GDPR Rules.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoyed the wholesome and family-like atmosphere of the office. Eating as a team was heavily encouraged which was refreshing to see. the games tables in the office were also a nice getaway at times from the hectic busy season. Our manager also encouraged meeting up outside work within the team which was also a good experience.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Well organised for the most part. Our jobs were given from the outset. however, we only had one day to which we had to find out how to get to our jobs and who we'd be working with. My friend was put on a job in Bradford and only found out about this at 3pm, with only 2 working hours available to make necessary calls and book hotels
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
A lot of support was given. Both outside and inside the workplace. My issues with a troubling, condescending and oblivious manager was observed by a higher colleague of mine on my first job. I was then given extra support outside of work to focus on completing the job outside of a toxic environment.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
We were told that we could leave at 5:30 if we needed to because of our exams. Also we received vast amounts of helpful information regarding the future exams we would have to take after graduation, for example how to avoid being stressed with the combination of work and the final 3 exams
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
A fast track into my career, the experience i have now is priceless as i will be more productive having now made mistakes, been advised on those mistakes and learnt from those same mistakes. this is something that is vital within the job. also the confidence boost of having already worked in the industry creates a great headstart
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.)
yes, there were various emails sent in regard to social events. however due to the coronavirus epidemic, us interns were unable to attend this. Although on my first job i was lucky enough to go to a car factory whilst on lunch with my colleagues as this was situated outside the client office
9a. Would you recommend PwC to a friend?
because the family atmosphere is so riveting and morale boosting. the career advice that is given is something which i also saw being given on a day to day basis. the accounting job can get very stressful at times and the calm setting i was working in at pwc was amazing
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to PwC?
id suggest that punctuality should be great, the attitude towards being given tight deadlines should be positive. expect a long interview, and expect to be mentally challenged. also id advise to keep calm and most importantly be yourself throughout the interview process as the facade can be easily seen through