Deals, Transaction Services
School Leavers Programme
A-Levels: Maths, Chemistry and Economics

I joined PwC in September 2015 having completed my A levels that year. The School Leaver Programme allows you to have a full time job at PwC, whilst also studying towards your professional qualifications, in my case, the ACA (Association of Chartered Accountants). So far, I have completed 6 exams out of the 15 required to fully qualify. This means I will  become a Chartered Accountant at the age of 22 in September 2019.

I currently work in Transaction Services, which is a very fast-paced area of the business. This means the work is varied and things are changing  all of the time, creating lots of opportunities to learn. I am based in the Belfast office, however I also work closely with our London team, so I’m able to regularly travel there for client meetings. This gives me the opportunity to gain fantastic real life experiences that I would not have had access to in a classroom or lecture theatre at university.

Making the transition straight from school to a ‘9-5 job’ could potentially have been tricky, but PwC make sure that you are given all the support and on-the-job training required to get up to speed very quickly. I certainly have no regrets about my decision to join PwC instead of going to university, and would recommend the School Leavers Programme to anyone seeking a challenging yet rewarding alternative to university. Taking the route I have chosen also provides a direct route into the world’s number one professional services firm!