1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
During term time I am a normal student enjoying all the opportunities Newcastle University has to offer, from the Dance Society to playing in the Concert Band. This means I don't miss out on experiencing a student life which is incredibly important to me. Whilst on placement I complete the same work as the Graduates, therefore experiencing the work at an earlier stage. This is fantastic in terms of personal development and aids my studies when returning to University.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Improved communication skills by speaking with Financial Directors and a Controllers. These are senior staff in the client companies and having the confidence to discuss areas of the audit is incredibly important. Time management and managing a large/complex work load is important and these skills were developed as well whilst on placement.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I have loved my first placement in Leeds, and would have happily stayed there! The split year, 2terms at University and 1 term in Leeds on placement is fantastic. Not only do I experience multiple cities- and away jobs mean additional travel- but also the networking that goes on iis so helpful.
4. How valued do you feel by PwC?
Incentives such as the 'Give something back scheme' paying those people who have worked exceptionally long hours during busy season shows they value the people. They provided an end of busy season social attended by the whole office and the turnout was almost 100% showing the commitment we provided was rewarded.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Very well structured. The modules link well to the work completed and gradually build on prior knowledge each year.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Newcastle University and the ICAEW are in regular contact with us, through email whilst on placement and in person when at University therefore the support is always available if required.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Being assigned a People Manager means there is always a first port of call should you need anything. This is incredibly reassuring when joining the firm as an undergraduate for the first time.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
It is comparable to the market average.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes, the ICAEW student societies have many social events and accountancy related events which we attended both at University and on placement. PwC puts on so all drinks every Friday to encourage cross line of service integration and there are quiz nights and charity days as we'll.
9a. Would you recommend PwC to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
My experience has only been positive therefore would expect others to have the same.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to PwC? *
Make what you do outside of work/university seem exciting as they want exciting people to be part of the organisation!
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