A pathway initiative designed to increase the number of women working in business. It starts with a three day insight, then a longer summer internship which then could potentially lead to a graduate job.
I enjoyed the insight as it gave me the opportunity to network with working professionals as well as undergraduates my own age. It also helped me to understand what the Assurance/Audit sector of PwC was like in more depth and why the employees enjoy working there. There wasn’t a huge amount of structure to my short placement but perhaps this was for the best.
I wasn’t there long enough to feel totally valued but my ‘buddy’ took care of me and the other undergraduates, always making sure we had someone to talk to, somewhere to meet and made us feel very comfortable in the new environment. Everyone was willing to talk to us though which made a big difference!
During the insight we received sufficient support and guidance that allowed us to connect with members of the PwC office from varying departments. I was able to have a one on one talk with a senior director which was set up by my ‘buddy’ and they were able to answer any questions I had.
As my insight was only three days, I was only really able to develop my interpersonal and communication skills as much of the programme was designed around networking. It did however, make me want to work at PwC after I graduated because everyone appeared very genuine!
Not very well as our ‘buddies’ didn’t even know that we were arriving until the day before our insight was to start meaning they didn’t have a huge amount of time to arrange meetings or activities for us to do. This was because of a lack of communication from Recruitment which should’ve been better throughout the entire process.
The general atmosphere was intimidating at first but eventually became more relaxed and informative as the days went on. Everyone was friendly and happy to talk or provide advice and the atmosphere of the office appeared positive!
I had to go through a vigorous assessment process to be able to obtain the Women in Business placement which means that the company spent a fair amount of money on this hiring process. However, in personal training and development the investment was minimal as I was only there for three days.
Yes it did help me to understand what it would be like to work full time at PwC however, I would have been more informed if I was given more responsibility and specific job tasks to do and the placement was longer. The Assurance department was also not very busy at the time of our insight so, in that sense, it did not reflect a well rounded overview of a full time role as they do have greater amounts of work to complete at different periods throughout the year.
The insight definitely gave me helpful insight to the company culture as I was able to learn about all of their employer social outings and activities, the volunteer opportunities to get involved with and just generally how the employees interact with one another and really enjoy working for PwC.
Somewhat helpful. Three days wasn’t long enough to gauge whether Assurance as a career was right for me however, it did sound interesting because of the opportunities it brings you!
I was paid an hourly rate for a standard working day for three days which was helpful for me to access the insight.
Yes, most of my insight was based upon this aspect as there was not a lot of time to give us real tasks to complete.
They seemed plentiful if you have a passion for getting involved in things. You can tell there is a big effort from the company to drive the social aspect for employees to create a more wholesome working environment.
Yes, for the most part. Some employees were more enthusiastic about being involved in such activities than others and the general consensus for this was to have a degree of separation from your personal and working life
Yes I would recommend this insight to a friend because overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and it made me want to work for PwC, particularly because of the career progression opportunities and social activities.