1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Roles are within the assurance/audit function of the firm. The roles that new starts undertake typically are to assist their teams, performing all types of admin/testing. Later 'placements' typically see students having the opportunities to 'in-charge' small audits, managing small teams and coordinating work to be completed. In these roles we become the key client contact, representing the firm.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
General computer and excel literacy is built upon substantially. So are communication skills and confidence public speaking, given the opportunities to lead meetings with clients
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
No words can describe how lucky I am having had the opportunity to do the programme - the career progression and prospects are phenomenal after we graduate and qualify!
4. How valued do you feel by PwC?
PwC make it clear they are extremely grateful for the hard work I, and other students, give. Bonuses are paid to recognise this hard work, and as a cohort we're taken regularly for management funded meals/drinks. Recognition awards, and vouchers, are regularly given to reward hard work and effort.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Extremely well structured. The team and support around the course are at the top of the profession. Given the success of the course, it is clear that it's well funded by both PwC and NCL university - this, and the length of time the course has been running, has led to structure and organisation to be top-notch
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Touched on in 5.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
PwC use the programme as a way to source future talent, with ~100% of those that pass the programme receiving gfraduate offers from the firm - as a result, the support they provide is equal to the support they offer full time employees = award winning!
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Accommodation is provided by the firm. As a result, the prorated £18,000 pa we receive goes a long way, with most students saving substantial funds.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are many events each week, from sports sessions to company organised balls/BBQ's/meals/drinks. For those that want to integrate, networking sessions too. PwC Aberdeen notably is part of a 'corporate decathlon' event, whereby staff get to compete against the staff of other large businesses in the area. This has been a fantastic opportunity to train with colleagues, get fit, and network at the same time.
9a. Would you recommend PwC to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
To work with bright, like-minded individuals. Career progression. A 'flying-start'.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to PwC? *
Work hard in the lead up to your interviews/assessment centres, and for your A-Level grades. It is an opportunity that should not be missed!!!
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