Ziyad

How did you join PwC?: Schools and College Leaver Programme
Business Area: Tax – Compliance Services

Why did you choose the programme?

I’ve always wanted to join PwC and work in the Accounting profession. I attended University for 1 year but realised it wasn’t the right path for me, so I left to join the Apprenticeship programme at PwC. I saw the value in getting into the workplace sooner and gaining practical hands on experience.

What have you gained from the experience so far?

I’m a qualified Tax Technician and have gained practical experience in the tax profession. I’ve developed a strong tax technical background and I’ve also significantly improved my soft skills such as presenting, leading, working as part of a team and interacting with clients.

Did you have any hesitations before applying?

As I had tried the university route and realised it wasn’t the right path for me, I had no hesitations by the time I was applying to PwC. I’ve always wanted to work at a world class firm like PwC and the opportunity was a no brainer for me.

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

The training opportunities are fantastic. The firm is focused on developing each individual both as a person and as a professional. There are numerous training courses available which are designed to help improve your technical ability but also provide guidance on how to become a well-rounded professional. The access to this training has put me in a fantastic position to progress in my career and fulfil my potential.

Where are you now?

I currently work as a Senior Associate in the Compliance Services team. I specialise in UK Tax Compliance and focus on completing tax returns for globally mobile individuals. I have short term aspirations of improving my consulting skills to help me progress to the next stage of becoming a Manager with a long term focus on becoming a partner.

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

Believe in yourself and prepare well for the application process.

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