1. Please give an overview of what your work experience involved:
My role was heavily based around the candidate experience - careers fairs, networking evenings, assessment centres, phoning candidates and delivering talks at universities on PwC as a company and our Graduate opportunities (internships, placements and graduate roles). Additionally, promoting our School & College Leaver roles (Apprenticeships and Degree Apprenticeships) through going into schools to deliver talks and parents evenings.
2. What training and skills development did you learn from your work experience?
So most of the training has been on the job. This has been great as I have been able to shadow someone in my team, make notes then have a go myself at a task. In terms of skills: teamwork, communication and time management have been fundamental. For example, when in team meetings, when I have to manage my daily workload and when working on one large project.
3. To what extent did you enjoy your work experience?
I have thoroughly enjoyed my placement year at PwC - the diversity of people, the opportunities you can get involved in (we have the same opportunities as permanent staff) and the team support. I have been challenged to push beyond my ususal boundary but have the appropriate resources to do this. For instance, the team support and the infrastructure to deliver a virtual WebEX.
4. How well organised was your work experience?
Very well! Before starting, I got to meet my team so it wasn't as daunting walking in on day one. I had a handover with the previous placement student so I knew what to expect and a two week induction as well as on the job training. During my placement, I have a buddy and career coach to discuss any issues as well as achievements and set goals of what I want to get out of my placement.
5. How much did you learn about the company culture and what it would be like to work there?
I have found from this placement year that PwC is a very responsible employer and I would love to work for them again in the future. I have loved the flexible working aspect so working from home and flexing my hours to suit. This has proved PwC are a modern employer, changing the traditional way of working.
6. How much did your work experience help you in deciding on your future career path?
I already know (before finishing my placement) that I would like my Graduate job at PwC. What's been great is exposure to people in the business. I have had multiple opportunities to talk to different Senior Associates about their roles in PwC, the daily workload, team ethos etc to help me decide on a Graduate role. Furthermore, if you haven't enjoyed this year, there is no pressure from PwC to return.
7. Were you paid or reimbursed for this experience?
I was paid a salary for my placement. Additionally, any work expenses (train tickets, petrol, bus fares etc) are reimbursed. This is for events mainly such as attending a Careers Fair in another city (Nottingham, Leicester, Milton Keynes). Also, we can claim overtime for any hours we work above our 'normal' contracted hours.
8. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees?
Absolutely! I have worked on numerous projects involving employees in other teams of the business. Specifically in recruitment, we try to get business ambassadors along to our events to come and talk about their team, so a university student understands what an Auditor or Consultant is. Also, when I was looking into Graduate roles, my career coach put me in contact with some people in the business so I could understand their day-to-day tasks.
9a. Would you recommend PwC to a friend?
Because they really care about their employees and making the most out of what you want your career to look like. There is loads you can get involved in (both work and socially) as well as having exposure to pretty much everything that goes on. The best part is yes there is a hierarchy but no one treats you like they are above you. For instance, I sit next to my manager and senior manager on a daily basis when in the office!
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to PwC?
Do your research! PwC aren't this big, scary employer who expect you to know everything. All they want to see is you have a genuine passion for the role you want to go into and are keen to learn and develop yourself. Commitment to PwC is also essential but that doesn't mean you have to be an expert. Just make sure you know some of the affairs and client engagements.