Undergraduate placement These eleven-month placements are for students who need to complete a placement as part of their degree. You could sit a selection of professional accounting exams and leave with a graduate job offer to fast track into a second year role upon graduation. You’ll work alongside graduate trainees and experienced professionals on everyday projects. So you’ll get a good insight into working life at PwC.
Assurance A key part of our purpose is building trust in society. We provide decision makers with information they can trust and give our clients confidence in an unpredictable world. We use cutting-edge technology to provide market-leading services for our clients, both in person and virtually.
Organisations in every industry are feeling the impact of disruptive technologies. With Intelligent Digital, we balance business understanding with technology innovation and human insight. We use cutting-edge technology to help solve our clients’ complex needs, and strengthen trust and transparency with their customers and investors. You’ll work in an environment that inspires you, and be given an active role in shaping the future of Assurance. You’ll have an exceptional career experience working with and learning from experts in their fields. We embrace diversity, both in our people and the work you’ll do. We drive change through innovation. It’s this imagination and creativity, alongside the calibre of our teams, that mean we consistently win clients and projects, giving you the opportunity to work with market leading companies and leverage our global network.
Our culture drives success, both ours and yours. It gives us a sustainable advantage. We want to create an environment where our employees feel empowered to work in a way that works for our clients, teams, and you personally. It’s not only about working hard, but working smarter and being agile to deliver exceptional client service whilst balancing work and life.
What you’ll do On our Assurance programme, you’ll have the opportunity to work with a variety of clients and industries. Spending time in the External Audit team, you'll be hands-on straight away, working at client sites. You’ll need to be a people person, tenacious and resilient. You’ll interview key contacts such as financial controllers or finance directors, check that data is accurate and highlight and question any differences. It's investigative work where you’ll regularly speak with clients, using in-person meetings or leading-edge collaborative technology.
As finance is at the centre of every organisation, you’ll learn about how businesses operate. You could be looking through records or putting together reports on everything from suppliers to bank records and from company cars to personnel. Above all your work is client focused, which can mean travelling to client sites and will involve working to deadlines, which often requires working longer hours to meet the needs of the client. It’s hard work but rewarding. What you get out of it is the opportunity to build the skills and experience that can open many doors to you, taking your career in whatever direction you choose.
If you spend time in the Risk Assurance team, you’ll be on the front line, working closely with clients to help them reduce their exposure to risk. You’ll be part of a variety of teams, taking real responsibility for the work you do, whether that’s working with multinationals or governments to define governance models; reviewing new business processes; or understanding how a control failure affects an audit strategy.
Later on, building on your new business skills, you could be offering expert guidance on sustainability issues or the best way to outsource services; explaining to clients how sound risk awareness can help them meet corporate goals; or advising on the most reliable and transparent ways to get information across to investors, customers and the public. Work with our prestigious client list and you’ll develop the business skills, knowledge and relationships you need to do well in a career that’s about so much more than numbers. You’ll go beyond the obvious and develop real insights into a client’s markets, technology, people and management, as well as its finances.
We nurture intelligence, courage and energy and embrace diversity. Our people think independently and are confident about sharing their point of view. They draw on the breadth of their experiences and relationships to provide clients with a tailored, risk-focused approach to our work.
What you’ll gain By experiencing life inside one of the world’s largest professional services organisations, you’ll have a fantastic opportunity to build and work on your commercial awareness and interpersonal skills. Nothing can beat on-the-job experience for developing your skills - and you’ll get plenty of it, both within PwC and on-site with clients - but we’ll also steer you in the direction of appropriate training courses to develop you further. We’ll also be looking to boost your ability to soak up complex business information, as well as your professional confidence - factors which will make a real difference when you return for your last year at university. Your role in Assurance will also provide you with the opportunity to study towards the Chartered Accountant (ACA) qualification while on placement.
What you need to get in You’ll need to be on course for a 2.1 degree or above in any subject You’ll need to be on four-year degree programme that features a sandwich placement element