Apprenticeships are a way to gain the skills, knowledge and experience you need to get into many careers. They combine work, training, and study, letting you 'earn while you learn'. Scott, from PwC, shares his story.
‘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, as I had no experience of working in a corporate environment, but realised soon that I didn’t need to be anxious. 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, you are encouraged to visit 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 the UK and globally.
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, and I absolutely do not regret my choice. 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!’
Interested in applying? Check out the apprenticeships on offer at PwC.