How did you join PwC?: On the Higher Apprenticeship programme

Line of Service and Business Unit: Tax – People and Organisation  – OneGlobal Mobility

A levels: Business Studies, Maths, IT & Psychology

I joined PwC as a Higher Apprentice in August 2013 in the Reading People and Organisation Tax team, straight from sixth form having  just turned 18. I was very nervous prior to starting at PwC, as I had no experience of working in a corporate environment, but realised as soon as I joined that I didn’t need to be. There is a really good support network of buddies, mentors and coaches to help get you up to speed as to what your job involves. Even from early on in your career, PwC are keen for you to see lots of areas within the business, for example, I was lucky enough to shadow a Senior Partner for a few days in Aberdeen. Similarly, PwC is keen for us to understand how our clients work and what problems they’re facing, so we often get to meet our clients face to face and work at their offices.  This helps us build relationships with senior stakeholders across both the UK and globally.

PwC really encourage working flexibly and promote exploring different opportunities. There is an emphasis on maintaining a healthy work-life balance, and contrary to what you may think, there is not an expectation of working long hours constantly. I’ve also had the opportunity to work in most of the offices across the South-East region, been on two secondments to other teams (which also resulted in a chance to work overseas), and I’ve been on a week-long training course in Cyprus!

The learning curve is steep, but it is completely manageable as you have a team of supportive people around you to help you develop and succeed. I’ve had an amazing time so far at PwC, and I absolutely do not regret my choice to join PwC rather than going to University. There are lots of team socials and networks here, and you can also always go and visit your friends at uni on the weekends – I think it is the best of both worlds!