I really enjoy problem solving and making a difference. So this is what I was looking for in my chosen career. In my final year at University, I decided to apply for a Summer Internship in the professional services sector. I also knew I wanted to join an employer with a clear career development structure and PwC had a great reputation as The Times Top 100 Graduate employer of choice. I thought PwC would provide the perfect platform for me to develop my skills while making a difference and after I’d discussed my career opportunities with one of their recruiters at my University’s careers fair I knew I wanted to apply.
“I worked with real clients on real projects, so the work I was given to do really made a difference.”
The people. The working environment at PwC was really welcoming. During my Internship, I worked with lots of different teams, who were friendly and easy to talk to. I had contact with Partners who were approachable and always found the time to talk with me. I was also able to shadow a Partner for a week over the Summer, which was an invaluable learning experience and opportunity.
Throughout my Summer Internship, I was treated like a member of the team rather than an intern. I didn’t feel overwhelmed by any challenges I faced as there was always help to hand. I developed new skills every day and gained a working knowledge of key auditing principles. I worked with real clients on real projects, so the work I was given to do really made a difference. Having direct contact with clients helped me to continually build my knowledge, and very quickly I felt I was adding value to projects.
My career prospects have blossomed. I gained experience working in a different industry and proved to myself and interviewers that I was adaptable and possessed the key skills that an employer like PwC would look for. I worked hard to show my potential throughout the Internship and it paid off - I was offered a graduate offer before I’d even finished University.
My advice to students would be:
Know what you want to get out of the placement. Set goals to work towards and make sure you’ve achieved them by the end of it.
Ask questions! The team are always more than happy to help.
Be yourself. Your personality and enthusiasm will really come through and you’ll build an instant rapport with colleagues.