1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Worked within the data capture team at PwC Research, delivering surveys and data visualisation to clients. Within PwC Research's Tech competency I was responsible for scripting surveys and producing the outputs of the data as well as occasionally working with clients to visualise data in the form of a dashboard.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Very much so, my technological skills have advanced marginally in softwares I wasn't previously aware of such as Alteryx, Tableau, QuestBack, Nebu, and Qualtrics as well as developing existing technological abilities in SPSS and various Microsoft Office programmes. I also gained extremely valuable experience in teamwork and communication as well as many other soft skills within a professional environment and often within client engagements.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Due to COVID-19 the enjoyment of my programme slipped a little since March 2020, however, previous to that I greatly enjoyed the programme and would highly recommend it. I was given the experience and abilities to grow as a young professional and it has also enabled me to discover specific areas of market research which I prefer, helping me with personal decisions on future careers.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I wouldn't say that the structure was particularly important to me due to the nature of the work I worked with however the structure that could have been available could be improved such as the induction and training process as it seemed rather undefined at first as to what I was doing within my first month.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Whenever I have had an issue at work, I have definitely had the support from colleagues to resolve them. My managers and the firm's HR team are very proficient in dealing with any issues and I feel that I was supported in a professional and efficient manner.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
This was not particularly relevant to my business placement however, I was greatly supported for working on university placement assignments so relating to that I was supported greatly to achieve my grade for this year.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
Although there is no related qualification as such, the experience alone will marginally improve my abilities to perform in the future.
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 is a wide choice of socials and activities to get involved such as football teams, walking clubs, networking/recruitment events, etc. I personally did not get involved with as many as I would have liked due to COVID-19 but this is definitely not something to worry about if you are considering applying.
9a. Would you recommend PwC to a friend?
The firm itself gives you everything you could possibly need as an employer. There are opportunities to grow in one role, or take a secondment within the firm to a different area if you feel that you are stagnant in your role. The only area that is difficult to recommend is for people interested in pay scales, as this is not well discussed within the firm.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to PwC?
Be yourself, be prepared to work hard and don't worry about asking stupid questions. I personally believe that the firm couldn't have offered me many more opportunities if they had tried ranging from training, travel and project engagements. Bring 110% effort to all recruitment processes and every day while working for the firm and you will succeed.