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Jake

How did you join PwC? Tech Degree Apprenticeship

Tell us about your role or programme

My programme allows me to gain experience at PwC while having the ‘traditional’ university experience; I spend the university semesters in Leeds, studying for my degree like any other Computer Science student. For the first two years of the degree I will spend 10 weeks on placement at a PwC office, working on real client projects and becoming accustomed to the business. My entire third year is then spent on placement in a PwC office. Each placement may be in a different division of the company in a different office, ensuring I have the chance to experience the different types of roles available that I may want to enter after graduating. My fourth year is the final year of the programme, acting as the third year of my BSc degree where I will undertake my final year project. Upon graduation I’ll hopefully be offered a role at PwC (if I achieve a 2:1 or higher).

All of my tuition fees are paid for by PwC, and I’m also paid a monthly salary, which covers accommodation fees and monthly expenses. All in all, I feel very lucky to be on such a rewarding and generous programme.

What do you enjoy most?

I enjoy all aspects of the programme; the financial benefits are incredibly useful and have saved me an enormous amount of debt compared to my peers. The smaller cohort of 40 students on my programme (compared to the 300 total studying Computer Science in Leeds) means it’s been easier to meet people and make friends, and I’ve found it really exciting working on engaging projects with PwC over the Summer.

What's your biggest challenge?

I’m sure like most university students, it’s a challenge to stay on top of all of my academic work. To avoid falling behind on any of my topics, I always make sure I immediately catch up on content I may have missed and ensure I get enough sleep so that I always feel ready for the day.

What have you achieved at PwC or on your programme that you are most proud of?

I’ve not yet been on placement with PwC, but I’m proud of how much I’ve engaged with the company and the effort I’ve put into my studies.

What do you think the future holds for you?

I hope to get as much experience as possible around the company, getting a better sense of what I may be interested in. I’m aiming to get a first in my degree and then, if possible, try working abroad in another PwC office.

What has been your biggest surprise about a career at PwC?

The supportive nature of the company and its ambition for you to grow as a person.

 Describe your career at PwC in 3 words

Exciting, engaging and rewarding.