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PwC, Higher Apprentice Fern

When did you join PwC?

I joined PwC in August 2012, as a Higher Apprenticeship working in Tax.

Outline your background and how you came to work at PwC, why did you decide not to go to university?

I came from sixth form, and University was something I wouldn’t have been able to afford. Working on the job and getting hands on experience is a lot more appealing to me.

What made you choose PwC?

My grandfather was previously a client of PwC. He raved about the company, saying PwC was the best professional services organisation he’d ever been involved with, and that was enough for me!

What type of work are you involved in now, what does a typical day for you involve?

I work in Expatriate Tax in the Reading office. I help clients with their home and host country taxes. There’s never a quiet day in the office!

Can you tell us more about the training and development opportunities you’ve had since starting the Higher Apprenticeship programme?

I’m currently attending college to obtain my ATT professional qualification. I’ve also had lots of training opportunities, including objectives setting and skill development, which will all help to develop me further.

What you feel you've gained since joining the programme?

During the programme I’ve developed a lot of new professional skills as well as building technical knowledge. I’ve been pushed to work hard and always enjoyed the challenge.

Do you ever regret not going to university? What are the benefits of going from school to employment?

I don't regret my decision at all. I still keep in touch with a lot of my friends from school who are at university and some that have gone on to work. As I’m still studying and getting a professional qualification I don’t feel like I’m missing out, plus I’m also getting the real life experience just without the university fees.

What’s your ultimate career goal?

My dream was to join PwC, and now that I’m here I’ve set myself goals around working and studying hard to pass my exams and receive valuable annual feedback.

What advice would you give to people who are trying to decide what to do next?

Going to university is the right decision for some people, but not everyone. My advice would be to look at your options, do your research and then decide if it’s right for you. Higher Apprenticeships are an excellent way to work on the job and learn from hands on experience.

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