Women in Business Associate at PwC

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Newcastle North East
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Less than £ 10,000
Human Resources Internet/e-Commerce/New Media

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Role Description

Women in Business Associate in the Human Capital department of Newcastle PWC. (doesn't apply to yearly salary as I was only there for a few days).

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I really enjoyed my insight week! I did so much more than expected and felt really involved with what was going on. It was for their Women In Business programme and I was so sad to leave after only a few days- wished it had been longer!


2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?

Extremely. My opinions were always taken into account and I was even asked my opinion in small meetings. I had video meetings with staff from other offices and felt like although I was just new to the team, I was just as valued as the others their. It was really laid-back and a great environment.


3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?

There were always people in my team to whom I could ask questions. No one was ever too busy to help me or answer questions. I was able to meet with a lady from another team to discuss my future career their so received support from such a range of staff members.


4. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and information you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

I know that an experience with PWC will help me in so many ways. Now that I have completed the insight, I feel that my CV has been enriched. I can link what I did to my business studies and use the experience as a sort of case study for examples in written work. Mostly however I value the experience in a company with such a positive culture and values for their staff.


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5. How well structured was the insight?

There was always plenty for me to do. I had my own google calendar set up so I knew when to go to meetings etc. It was structured so that I did a range of things and I liked that they gave me independent tasks too - it wasn't just observation.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

Everyone was extremely friendly and happy to meet me! I felt like I had been working there for a long time after only a few days. The office was open so people from different departments interacted a lot. It was a lot more laid-back/ people based than I had imagined.


7. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

I don't really feel like I can answer this much as I was only there a few days. I believe that the company did all that they could and that they should for me! There was no formal training but I don't doubt that I learned so many things nevertheless.


8. To what extent did the insight help you to understand what it would be like to have a full time role with the company or firm?

I believe that it was a good reflection of how it would be to work there full time. I asked a lot of questions to staff about their careers at PWC, therefore understand how it works regarding training, progression, promotion etc


9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?

I understand now how PWC is such an outstanding company. Its culture is something I have never before experienced in a company. It is so relaxed and there is so much respect for all workers that it clearly pays off for them. Everyone who works there seems very happy and there wasn't a lot of stress as people worked together and got along so well.


10. How valuable was the content in helping you to decide on your future career path?

I decided to apply for a role at PWC after my insight so it was so helpful! I knew from the start that I would really like to work there due to the company's culture. I received a lot of information about how to apply for future jobs there too.


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11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?

I was generously for this but not sure whether it is appropriate to publish the amount

12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?

Yes. The offices were all open so I was free to go about and meet other people. The company used google hangouts a lot so I met some members of the firm from other offices. We had a business lunch one day too so we could come together outside of work and network.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

Great! for only being there a few days, it was great that they took the time to take me to a business lunch. I also have been since networking via LinkedIn and have had contact with the company since my placement about future networking events.


14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?

Yes- when I started there was also a boy starting his year placement so I heard all about the clubs and things! It wasn't worth explaining them just to me as I was there for a really limited amount of time - but I'm sure that if I had asked I'd have been able to find out!


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Definitely!! It's great to get an insight into the company and see exactly what it is that they do. I was so interested by their culture there and how welcome they made me feel. I would recommend to anyone, regardless of their degree- doesn't matter if you haven't studied business etc