I enjoyed the experience a lot as it taught me about what the job role consists of as well as the qualifications needed. It also allowed me to talk to members of staff who informed me of how the graduate scheme programmes work and the difficulties and the benefits of the programmes
Members of staff did get me involved where possible but only to an extent due to the value of the clients. I was able to understand the reason why only simple but necessary tasks were given. This is due to the nature of the business and the sums of money involved that could cause problems for the firms reputation and clients.
I received sufficient support and guidance as everyone still had their own work to do. However, when they had time they would approach me and make sure I was understanding what to do and supported me when needed. They took me for chats to explain to me the work and other catch ups on how my work was going and finding out more about me to see what career pathway I could take.
The atmosphere is a lot different to what I expected. I was expected a quiet office with people working non-stop from 9-5. However, the office is very relaxed and I was informed flexible working is promoted, which motivates everyone to work. The firm trusts you to do your work as needed and supplies you with all the tools necessary along with the flexible working policy that is useful when you have other commitments to take care of as well.
The staff sat me down and explained how everything is run in PwC. I was also informed on the development plan I could take in order to complete the career pathway I have in mind. I was also taught how to use majority of the facilities PwC have to offer that I had access to.
I understood the role to an reasonable extent. Due to the size of the clients and the qualifications required before being able to work on client projects, I was limited to the amount of work I was able to do. I was also limited to the amount of projects I was able to over see due to the timing of the insight week.
After working at the office for 3 days. I already understand the culture within the office and really enjoyed being part of the team. Everyone was very welcoming regardless of how stressed out they was or busy they was. They helped me out when ever needed and approached me multiple times to make sure I was okay.
Very useful. I wasn't sure about how graduate schemes worked at PwC but now I was informed on how they work and the career progress available after obtaining a full time position within the firm. I was also informed I was able to move around if required once I have obtained the necessary qualification needed.
I was paid for the experience but I wasn't informed how much. However, obtaining any sort of experience at PwC is good enough for me, I would have taken the experience even if I wasn't paid or reimbursed at all as this experience is invaluable. I do believe I will be paid fairly due to the amount of money PwC deal with, this wouldn't affect them much.
I was able to network with a fair amount of people who are also willing to keep in touch with me after the experience to help me if needed further down the line. I had not kept my LinkedIn account up to date which was an issue of my own that I will now rectify as I understand the importance of it.
As the office is an open space, my buddy introduced me to plenty of staff who I was able to talk to and obtain work of that I could complete for them. The style of the office makes networking very easy due to having little pods that you can talk to people in private within.