Guest blog: My graduate experience with PwCPosted: October 4, 2016
Following my penultimate year on Erasmus, I decided to undertake an internship in order to help to choose my future career path. From the first contact I had with PwC (heading into a phone interview from Belgium I didn’t know what to expect) the genuine friendliness and approachability of the people is what has always and continues to stand out. For me, the quality of people, from both a work and human perspective, is the defining characteristic of PwC. After gaining first-hand experience of this it was obvious that I would be returning to PwC as a graduate.
Following the internship I decided to undertake the Masters of Accounting in Smurfit Business School. Sponsored by PwC, this afforded me the opportunity to complete a masters with friends from college as well as a network of new friends and colleagues from the summer internship. It also provided me with exemptions from the CAP2 (A.C.A) and Part 1 (A.I.T.I) exams which, subject to impending results and a final set of tax exams, should allow me to qualify as both a chartered accountant and chartered tax advisor within 3 years of commencing work.
Coming back as a graduate in September 2014, I re-joined the Banking and Capital Markets (“BCM”) team, a unit within the Financial Services channel in Tax. Seeing familiar faces on the floor and around the office helped make the transition seamless. As with all jobs there a learning process, however at PwC this doesn’t stop. As an assistant during the first year you prepare work with the support of your coach, appraiser, buddy and quite frankly anyone on the team who you’re willing to ask a question. As the year progresses you are afforded autonomy and responsibility, reporting directly to Managers, Senior Managers and even Partners where appropriate. Once the new year comes around new co-ops will arrive, followed by interns during the summer and before you know it a new intake start in September.
During my second year I have become increasingly engaged in the aircraft leasing industry. Although challenging, it is fascinating to work and be engaged with some of the most influential people in such a dynamic and unique industry, the global centre of which is located right here in Ireland. Providing day to day advice to the largest aircraft lessors in the world, I have been afforded a unique opportunity to gain international tax experience. The experience I have gained from being exposed the scale, frequency and urgency of transactions exhibited by the industry is invaluable.
As well as providing domestic and international tax support for the aircraft leasing industry, my team is extensively engaged in the securitisation industry. I have gained incredible experience working in an industry of such large scale which is also primed to go through a period of significant change following the recent publication of draft legislation by the Minister for Finance. The opportunity to be involved in the transitional period emanating from these new changes is both challenging and exciting.
Despite the demands of work, when you join the firm it is clear that your primary focus is on successfully completing your professional exams, be they tax, accounting or otherwise. Initially it can be stressful trying to balance both work and study; however, the support that is on offer within PwC will soon enable you to strike the right balance. I genuinely believe PwC’s support network, consisting of both formal and informal structures, is unrivalled, and factors such as the combination of in-house exam support workshops, in-house training, extensive study leave and colleagues who are readily available to lend a hand, make exams that bit more manageable and ultimately, make PwC a great place to work.
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