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(11 month placement) You are treated exactly like a graduate - no long days making tea! - and as a result it can be challenging. It is naive not to expect bad days or long days, but something always comes up to make each week exciting and enjoyable.
When they say everyone all the way up to partners have time for a chat or a friendly hello, they mean it!
Extensive training so you are comfortable when you get on your first job. Be proactive about asking questions; everyone is happy to answer even the silliest. You can also get support any time from your buddy (grade above) and people manager at any time.
There are some slow days, and some long hectic days, but the majority of the time everyone pulls together. Don't lose sight of your work-life balance.
As I said, I was treated exactly like a graduate. Enthusiasm is recognised; be proactive!
The ACA qualification is an excellent and globally recognised addition to your development and CV - and it's really helped with finance modules back at uni! Personally I took away bags of confidence, critical thinking skills and a fabulous new work ethic which is wonderful for final year and beyond.
Work is mainly based at the client's office so the atmosphere can differ, but in general there is good banter and fun within the team. There are also plenty of cakes and social things to get involved with back in the office.
A well established program, just be aware of how any academic assignments fit in as this differs between university and PwC may not be aware of this.
I received all the training a graduate on the 3 year training contract would get in their first year - full expectation that you will be asked back.
Sports and Social Club
Signed on for another 2 years minimum, to finish my training contract
Going to college to study towards the ACA means the group becomes tightly knit more or less from day one. Plenty of get-togethers.
Don't have great knowledge of how this compares!!
Lots of variety.
Working from clients' offices means it's sometimes hard to get back for all the socials, but there are sports clubs, volunteering opportunities and so on if you get the time.
Placement Year (10 Months+)