During this 3 day paid placement, you’ll work closely with a variety of people at all grades to learn what it's like to work at PwC, experiencing first hand the nature of the work that we do.
I absolutely loved my time completing PwC's Women In Business Internship. I met a variety of inspiring people and I had a fantastic leader who helped build my confidence and also provided me with valuable advice for my future career - something I am truly grateful for.
I would recommend anyone with an interest in professional services to apply to this programme!
I felt incredibly valued by all the colleagues I worked with!
I was given many opportunities to voice my opinion during meetings and interviews etc. which, initially at the start, I was quite surprised by, however, it really did make me feel as if I was part of the PwC team.
There is always staff available and happy to answer questions I may have had. And if a staff member wasn't too sure, they would get someone else from another team to help me.
I never felt uncomfortable asking anyone questions, as it is a very open, inclusive environment at PwC - so don't feel too embarrassed to ask anything, as that's what the staff are there for!
My placement was only three days long, however, within those three days of shadowing great female leaders, my self-confidence and self-esteem certainly improved. Skills such as resilience and adaptability I developed at PwC are already assisting me greatly, as it has made my transition of studying abroad a whole lot easier!
I felt the placement was structured very well - each student is given a schedule at the beginning of their placement. I found this very reassuring as it gives you an idea of what you'll be doing, how long each task may take, and who you'll be working with exactly.
It seems very intimidating at the start as you are meeting many so many new people, however, everyone is so welcoming and friendly and your nerves soon settle.
I had to go through the same rigorous recruitment processes as other candidates applying to different positions in PwC, and so I can only assume they invested heavily in this.
However, in terms of personal training and development - I was given a PwC laptop but understandably investment was minimal, as I was only there for three days.
As the Operate department runs like a seamless machine, there are many people that work within this division and I am grateful for the numerous opportunities where I was able to speak to many colleagues across different departments.
The colleagues certainly helped me gain a better understanding of PwC as they shared their own career journey with me and the opportunities that are available with PwC.
The programme was extremely helpful in giving me a better understanding of the company culture as I was able to learn all about the volunteering opportunities, social activities and the Hive Academy programme, (which is a free educational outreach initiative) this connected with me very well as I completed a volunteering programme helping KS2 level build their ICT skills through various projects.
I thought the content was very valuable, as it confirmed my desire to pursue a career with PwC.
I was paid an hourly rate for my time at PwC.
One of the reasons why I enjoyed my time so much at PwC is that I had so many opportunities to network and meet other employees across a variety of departments, some who had just joined the company to those who had been with PwC for many years and they all provided me with some really valuable career advice and what I can achieve within PwC.
On my last day, PwC kindly invited me to attend the fantastic Digital DNA event in Belfast, where I had the opportunity to meet and network with so many people, it was brilliant!
Yes, I found out about the many activities employees can partake in outside of work as I mentioned previously.
I would definitely and already have recommended the Women in Business programme to my friends as it was surprising how much you learn about PwC, the skills you develop and the roles and opportunities available in a short space of time.
Also, if you perform well throughout the duration of the programme, you actually could end up with an offer for a graduate role! All the more reason to apply!