How did you join PwC? School and College Leaver Programme

Business Area: Audit, Reading 

Why did you choose the programme?

My first experience of PwC was on the Business Insight Week. I saw this as an opportunity to learn about PwC, who they are and what they do.  After attending I chose to apply to the School and College Leaver programme as I had enjoyed my work experience with PwC so much that I decided I wanted to work there. If I had attended university, I would have applied for a graduate position after university anyway so joining the PwC School and College Leaver programme enabled me to work in my desired field without needing a degree, which appealed to me.

What have you gained from the experience so far?

I’ve learnt many new skills such as excel, time management and have developed  my communication skills, as well as gaining specific technical accounting  knowledge.I’m now in the third year of the School and College leaver programme and have completed 10 of the 15 ICAEW ACA exams and I’m currently working towards completing my final 5 exams.  I’m mainly based in the Reading office but also enjoy travelling to different client sites due to the nature of my work. One of the best things about my job is the different people I meet and the vast array of clients I work with. Each one providing an insight into a new company or industry so I’m always learning something new!

Did you have any hesitations before applying?

I was unsure what career opportunities would be available to me without a degree, but after I researched the qualification and  found that there are many available routes and a degree is not always needed. I also understood that the hands on work experience that I would gain with PwC would be very valuable to me and my career aspirations. 

What does the programme offer you in terms of career progression?

There’s a natural career progression, moving from an associate to senior associate to manager and your career coach supports you through each stage of this process. There is an opportunity to continually improve with every year of the programme as the work performed at each level changes and develops.

What would your advice be for someone considering applying for a PwC apprenticeship?

Research the department you are interested in as well as the qualification that you will receive at the end of your contract. Make sure you ask lots of questions and use the PwC careers website for lots of useful tips and information.