What better way to get to know PwC than through our people? Some are already on their way to qualifying, others have been through that part of their journey and are onto their next challenge. Read about their experiences in these first-hand accounts.
Bachelor of Commerce and Masters of Accounting
I joined PwC in October 2006 having graduated from UCD with a BComm degree and a Masters of Accounting from the Smurfit School of Business. I am currently working in the International & Domestic Business (I&DB) section of the Assurance practice within PwC. My day-to-day work involves audit work on a wide range of international clients from manufacturing to telecommunications to property companies.
Before taking part in the milkround process during my third year in college I would have known very little about PwC and the Big 4 firms. I would have had very little experience and exposure to accountancy and audit prior to this process. One of the main things that attracted me to working for PwC were the people I met throughout the whole recruitment process. That and the new building which PwC were about to move to at the time!
One of the main things that surprised me upon joining PwC was how quickly I was given responsibility. My previous work experience had been in companies where I was the junior and was told exactly what to do. This certainly wasn’t the case with PwC. As I’ve progressed through the years with PwC my responsibilities have grown and have ranged from coaching more junior member of the team, to senioring audit engagements to managing the whole audit engagement.
I believe that one of the most beneficial aspects of working in PwC is the structured training which is offered right throughout your career. This is evident from the minute you walk in the door where you complete the associate induction course through to the completion of your institute exams with yearly training modules. This training doesn’t stop there and as a manager I am constantly involved in numerous courses which provide me with updates on various technical topics.
There is an excellent culture and working environment within PwC with a real focus on people and the importance of team work. Throughout my day to day jobs I am involved in a number of different teams and I believe that the work ethic in PwC is second to none.
I would say as the most enjoyable aspect of my role in PwC is the fact that no two days are ever the same. I am constantly involved in different projects and assignments and all these jobs are totally different and for a range of clients. For graduates joining the Firm I feel this gives you exposure to multiple areas and multiple clients and I believe it also ensures that you never get bored!
Senior Associate 2
BSc in Quantity Surveying
When I graduated with a BSc in Quantity Surveying, I quickly discovered that the economic climate in Ireland would make it tough to find a role in that field. So after plenty of research I decided on a career in Accounting and completed a Professional Diploma in Accounting. Now I work within the International & Domestic Business (I&DB) sector of Assurance.To be honest, I knew very little about PwC before starting the application process. But as soon as I learnt about the Firm’s graduate programme and excellent exam support – as well as study leave, there are workshops on different subjects to boost your chances of passing your exams – I knew it was the place for me. Another big reason for choosing PwC was the friendliness of people I met during the milkrounds and the informal interview process.
What I enjoy most about my work here is the responsibility and client interaction. From day one I was entrusted with specific sections of an audit all the way from start to finish. I also love the variety. Among the clients I’ve already worked with are a large pharmaceutical company, a religious order, a yacht club and one of Ireland’s largest construction companies – where my Quantity Surveying background also came in very useful. Variety like that helps to keep the job interesting and gives me the opportunity to engage with new clients and to work on new teams. In fact there’s a great team ethos here. Everyone looks out for each other and you really feel that PwC values its people.
But it’s not all work and no play. There’s a great social dimension to the Firm and, thanks to the I&DB social committee, there are many social events throughout the year. As well as Christmas parties and busy season drinks, there’s the day away and many more events to look forward to – and those are just the official ones. I’ve made great friends at PwC and we have many impromptu nights out together.
Bachelor in Business Studies
I did a Bachelor in Business Studies and such a broad, diverse course left me unsure of the right path for me after I graduated. Completing the PwC Summer Internship Programme in my penultimate year made me keenly aware of the vast array of opportunities offered by the country’s number one professional services firm.
Not only are there unrivalled opportunities for personal and professional development, but the Firm’s client portfolio encompasses leading businesses in all sectors. Here my day-to-day job gives me exposure to the titans of industry. As part of the asset management group, I’ve been lucky enough to work with some of the top fund services providers, both in Ireland and globally. I’ve been part of audit teams both on client sites and in the PwC office. And I’ve liaised with the client and carried out various tests on different line items of the financial statements such as cash, and income and expenses. Networking opportunities like that will be invaluable to me in my career.
Another big reason for choosing PwC was the culture of support, respect and teamwork that permeates the Firm. There’s a focus on a healthy work-life balance here, with fitness facilities and a huge range of sports and social clubs to pick from. The open-plan layout of our remarkable glass offices – now a well-known landmark on Dublin’s vast skyline – makes the working atmosphere all the more welcoming and sociable.
Studying for chartered accountancy exams while working full-time can be a challenge. But rest assured, PwC offers an exceptional support system. As well as paid study leave, in-house lectures and peer group support, there’s the chance to socialise with co-workers, have some fun and enjoy the experience together. For me, PwC has been the perfect foundation for a career in business, whether I stay with the Firm or diversify into industry.
BA in Accounting and Finance
Before starting my graduate training contract with PwC in October 2009, I completed a three year degree in Accounting and Finance in Dublin City University. During my time at DCU, I won a scholarship from PwC which consisted of a monetary prize and the opportunity to complete a ten week internship programme which ran during the summer after completing my second year of college. Following that I was offered a Graduate position.
Now, nearly four years later, I’ve completed my training contract and I’ve been promoted to Assistant Manager. I also recently got nominated for a short term assignment to the US where I will spend up to six months in New York!
Before starting PwC, having never studied auditing in college, my main fear was that I would be expected to know a lot about auditing. However when I started I completed an in-depth training programme which goes through audit sections that you will be assigned to and gets you familiar with the software and terminology the Firm uses. Then each year after promotion, you receive training from our Training and Development team. Therefore what is expected from you will be covered in the yearly training course. Throughout the year, specific insurance training is also provided. However, through the coaching process in PwC other team members are always there to help on a day-to-day basis.
What I enjoy most about working in PwC is the different people I get to work with and meet on a daily basis. As I move from job to job, I’m constantly working with different team members and managers and meeting new clients. I enjoy the different challenges I am faced with when working on different jobs - however it’s the team I’m working with that help me overcome these challenges.
However, it’s not all hard work in PwC! There is a great social side also. I’ve attended events such as the sports day, mini golf tournament, a drumming class, sailing in Dun Laoghaire followed by a BBQ to name a few. There are also plenty of clubs within PwC such as Tag Rugby and golf.
For future graduates thinking of joining PwC, I would not only recommend PwC as a place of work, but as a place where you will – meet lots of nice people, obtain top experience working on high profile clients, enjoy a great social side, receive excellent training and support that will help you get through your professional exams and the opportunity to gain extra experiences such as the opportunity to go on secondment either within Ireland or abroad. I can honestly say that joining PwC was one of the best decisions I’ve made.
BA in Economics
I’ve always wanted to travel. And when I had my interview with PwC I was impressed by the strength of the Firm’s global network and its secondment programme. The opportunities to travel certainly materialised. Over my career I’ve been to the four corners of the globe on client business and lived in Bermuda, New York, London and the Middle East.
Right from the start I liked the people I met at PwC. I felt this was a place where I’d be both stretched and supported – and at every stage of my career I’ve had all the training I’ve needed to excel. While most of that has been on the job, there were also structured programmes to make sure I gained the right skills at the right time.
Today I’m a Partner in the Assurance practice and specialise in Asset Management. My clients are based all over the world so I’m often in the US, UK and Europe. I work with global asset managers, administrators and custodian banks and provide audit services for the funds they manage and their corporate offices. It means working closely with my tax and advisory colleagues to help our clients run their operations efficiently, while dealing with an ever-evolving regulatory framework. I’m also a people partner in my group and lead our graduate recruitment programme for Assurance.
When I joined I expected my job to be very focused on accounting. Yes, technical excellence is essential. But communication, project and people management skills are every bit as vital. I was also surprised by the diversity of my work – and I continue to be today. It’s this diversity that I enjoy the most. I love the fact that every day I’ve the chance to take on new challenges and experience new areas that interest me.
Bachelor of Commerce and Masters of Accounting
Given that PwC is the number one professional services firm in Ireland and are continuously recognised as one of the foremost graduate recruiters, the Firm was the obvious choice for me when considering the next step in my career path. An unrivalled client base, coupled with a focus on the continuous training and development of staff, PwC has provided me with invaluable experience and a perfect platform to start the transition from my studies to practice.
Throughout the past four years, I have been keenly aware of the promotion of personal development within the Firm and the support structures in place to ensure that I am able to change and adapt to the requirements of the sectors I work in and the demands of the clients I work for. One of the main reasons that PwC is a great place to work is the team ethos on each engagement and the presence of your peer group with which you started means that you never feel like you are isolated with any challenges you may encounter.
Your training contract can be a hectic time and the work life balance promoted at PwC ensures that you can cope with the demands of both the job and the books. Since I have qualified, I have had the opportunity to work in the PwC Boston office on secondment for a number of months. This was a fantastic experience for me, both professionally and personally, and is an opportunity which I would encourage anyone in the Firm to avail of. The facilities at Spencer Dock are first class and the social committees ensure that there are always great events to look forward to. Overall, I think you will find that PwC is a sociable, supportive and challenging working environment and a great starting point for your career.
BA in Business, Economics and Social Studies
I joined PwC in October 2006 after completing BESS in Trinity College. To be honest when I was applying I knew very little about the Firm but after I attended the lunch presentation prior to my interview I knew PwC was where I wanted to be. The people I met and the overall atmosphere really appealed to me.
I don’t think I was expecting the Firm to have as many young people working there as it did. With such a large graduate intake each year there are a lot of people of similar age that are keen to socialise and have similar outlooks on life. I found it particularly helpful to ease myself in to the working world after college!
The training I’ve received since day one has been excellent. In induction training I was brought through all the basics of Tax and then, as I’ve progressed, so has the training from technical to personal and business development courses too. The most exciting opportunity that I had with PwC was a two and half year secondment to the New York office to work in Transfer Pricing. I’d been working on Transfer Pricing projects as an aside to my regular corporate tax work since I started with PwC, but with the introduction of transfer pricing legislation in 2010, I decided to focus full time on it. In order to build up my knowledge and experience I was seconded to New York to work and learn from the team there. It is an incredible city and I had the best time, working and making some great friends....as well as building up my PwC network!
Transfer pricing looks at how related parties charge each other for the provision of goods, services, money or the use of intangible assets. Under transfer pricing rules, we need to ensure that related parties are charging each other an arm’s length price, in other words, charging each other as if they were unrelated third parties. My role involves meeting with clients to gain an understanding of how their company operates and ascertain what an appropriate price would be for each transaction by means of series of analyses; looking at the industry they work in, who is doing what where and the level of risk they take on, economic conditions, and how other comparable companies operate. Typically we model out financial and economic results and prepare reports documenting our findings and conclusions.
My favourite thing about my work is the variation of clients and the projects that I am involved in. I am constantly learning about different sectors and businesses, each client has a different issue and no two projects are the same. This variation of work means that I am constantly challenged. I also like that I work in different teams, so I get meet and learn from lots of people. With transfer pricing being such a growth area within tax, I definitely see myself staying here for a long time and progressing with PwC.
Bachelor of Business Studies
As part of my Business Studies degree I’d completed a placement with one of PwC’s clients and had the opportunity to work with various members of the PwC Indirect Tax group. The work they did really appealed to be and I was delighted when I was offered a position to join the Firm in 2011.
I now work within that same Indirect Tax group here at PwC and I’m currently a specialist. I work primarily with multinational technology and software companies carrying out operations in Ireland and across the EU. I’m involved in both compliance and consultancy type work, however, the work generally varies on a day-to-day basis depending on the clients business, the jurisdiction in which the client operates and the queries raised by the client.
That might all sound a bit daunting but there is a culture of openness in PwC. There is always someone who is ready and willing to answer any queries that you may have. In essence, it is an easy environment to quickly learn and grow in. A large part of my time is also spent studying for professional qualifications. I chose to do both the ACA and CTA qualifications. So far, I’ve completed two sets of exams and have three left to sit. After I qualify, I hope to continue growing and building on my experiences in PwC and progressing within the Firm.
Bachelor of Corporate Law and LLB
When I finished my degree in Corporate Law and my postgraduate (LLB), I was faced with a tough decision. I knew that law could be useful for a career in tax, but I was apprehensive about a tax career as it wasn’t something I’d studied before. Eventually after a lot of research, I took the plunge and joined PwC in October 2011. While I didn’t know much about PwC before I joined, I knew it had a very large tax practice and a strong reputation worldwide.
The main reason for joining was to get practical experience in corporation tax by working with and learning from the best people. After just over a year and a half in the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) group, I certainly haven’t been disappointed on that front.
My clients are mainly companies involved in Technology & Medical Devices. But the client I’ve had the most experience of over the last year or so is a big name in social media. I’ve worked on the corporate tax compliance process of its Irish operations. I also help prepare the financial statements and tax returns of the many companies it has throughout Europe and Asia. Over the last few months, I’ve become more involved in various tax consulting projects – many of them cross-border – for a range of clients. As you can imagine, this involves dealing with lots of people at the client organisations as well as in the PwC Global Network every day.
The more experience I get, the more varied and interesting my work becomes. While that means taking on more responsibility, my managers are very approachable and happy to talk me through anything I’m not sure of. I’m always surprised by the amount I learn just from listening to my managers and working alongside them.
Overall, I’ve been amazed by the practical experience I’ve gained since I joined. I’d advise any graduate who wants to become a strong and well-rounded business advisor to apply for a graduate position with PwC.
Bachelor of Business and Law
During the final year of my Bachelor of Business and Legal studies I had the chance to speak with the various firms at university open days and careers fairs. I chatted to the people who worked with PwC and found them very friendly and helpful. Like many graduates, I wasn’t sure what area I would like to focus on and was able to speak with current trainees from different areas of the Firm. I decided Tax was the best place for me.
As part of the recruitment process I was invited to attend a presentation and lunch to meet PwC people. During this event I was shown around the office and got to speak with various members of the Tax practice. All the people I met were friendly and made me feel extremely welcome. They were all very interested in me and what skills that I could bring to the Firm.
PwC was the Firm for me because I wanted access to the biggest clients and the opportunities that would come with this. Also, since PwC is the largest professional services firm in Ireland, I wanted to work for the best firm.
I currently work in the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) group but spent most of the last three years in the Human Resource Services (HRS) group. I’ve just returned from a nine month secondment with a client where I was working on various employment tax projects. This secondment was an excellent experience and allowed me to gain an insight into the work we do from a client perspective and I’ll be able to use these insights to provide a better service to future clients.
If I’d any advice for future graduates it would be to talk to the PwC people at recruitment events and ask lots of questions about what we do. If you’re thinking long term about your career, try to think about which firm will give you the best experience and access to the best clients.
BA in Accounting and Finance
My friends from college were already working in PwC prior to my joining and their personal experiences were one of the main attractions for me in joining the Firm. They gave me a huge insight into exactly what it is like to work here. They explained how open, friendly and supportive the culture and environment is, the endless career development opportunities that every new graduate is presented with, the substantial level of exam support provided to employees and the wonderful team ethos that the Firm has. All of this made my decision to join PwC very easy.
Since joining PwC I’ve mainly been involved in compliance work, which involves drafting corporation tax computations and returns for my clients. I also advise them of their preliminary tax obligations and deadlines. Recently, I’m more involved in client calls and meetings regarding their business developments, transfer pricing obligations and the new iXBRL requirements for filing tax returns with the Irish revenue.
This might sound like a lot of responsibility, and you’d be right, but the excellent buddy, coaching and training systems in place here means that you are never out of your depth. I was happily surprised at how willing and committed people at all levels of the Firm were to helping me settle in.
The Firm also places a strong emphasis on a balance between work and life. We have social and sports committees who organise various sporting and social events each month. Each department has their own annual away day to encourage team interaction. The Firm also strongly encourages employee health and provides excellent gym facilities in our Dublin offices.
Looking back, if I'd any advice to give a graduate considering PwC I’d tell them to speak with someone who works in PwC at a college event and to get a sense of the wonderful supportive culture and atmosphere that we have here in the Firm. Only then would you get a real sense of what it’s like to work here..
Bachelor of Law
I knew the PwC Tax Practice had a strong reputation in the local market and I wanted to work for a firm where I would get top-class training and excellent experience with the very best clients. I also knew they had a considerable international presence and I was keen to work for a firm that was part of a strong global network.
When I first started considering my career options, I was fortunate to receive offers from a number of firms. But it was the people I met as part of the interview process which influenced my decision to join PwC - they took a personal interest in me and I really got the sense that my contribution would be recognised and appreciated. I felt that I wasn’t going to be just one of a large number of graduates but rather than I would be mentored and encouraged on an individual basis within my team – and I am glad to say that’s exactly how it turned out.
I was surprised at the amount of responsibility I was given right from the start. From day one, I was part of a client service team working directly with clients. The responsibility and role I play on the team has changed as my career developed – now as a Partner I am responsible for leading many key client relationships and making sure we are delivering the breadth of our services to clients to meet their needs. But I couldn’t do it on my own and I rely on the help and support of the whole team. Everyone at PwC pulls together to make sure we meet the highest standards of client service, all of which is helped by an open, friendly and supportive environment.
As for the variety of work I do, it’s fantastic. From advising on large corporate re-organisations, to helping companies establish operations in Ireland, to assisting film producer’s avail of tax incentives for film production, it’s always challenging, rewarding and never dull. It might sound clichéd - but every day really is different.
At PwC, we believe in career-long learning. This means there are lots of opportunities for training and development at every stage of your career, even at Partner level. The focus in the early part of my career was on the training and support needed to pass the professional exams. But as my career developed, it became more about equipping me with the skills to be a rounded business advisor.
So don’t hold back at your careers fairs, meet PwC people and learn more about what we have to offer. Think long term too – the range of experience and opportunities a firm like PwC offers will make sure you have a solid foundation to build your professional career.
Advisory risk assurance solutions profiles
BA in Management Science and Information System Studies
My career with PwC began in the second year of college when I completed a Summer Internship with the Firm. This opportunity gave me a great insight into the operation of the RAS practice and a better understanding of the culture and environment of PwC. Following this, I was delighted to be offered a graduate position and I began my training contract in September 2010.
I studied Management Science and Information System Studies in Trinity College. With the focus of this degree being on computer science and statistics I had little to no experience of accountancy. However, over the course of the past three years I’ve successfully completed the ACA accounting examinations with the support of PwC. Not only have I gained vital experience in the workplace but PwC have also provided me with exam support workshops and allocated me time off to study for these exams.
I’ve been very fortunate to have worked on a variety of projects since joining the Firm. I am part of the Systems and Process Assurance team which supports the Assurance teams by testing the IT controls of our clients’ financial applications. However, I’ve also had the opportunity to work with other teams such as Data Services and Third Party Assurance. My daily routine is ever-changing, depending on the team I am working with. I love the fact that my role poses new challenges every day!
To help me work with each of the teams within RAS I’ve received area-specific training. This has provided me with a strong knowledge base of each department and helped me to fulfil my role on every engagement. I’ve to say that the training and development opportunities in PwC are fantastic. I’ve attended various training courses since I started with the Firm - even a SAP training course in Berlin.
The aspect that I most enjoy about PwC is the people. The working environment is excellent with an open and friendly atmosphere around the office. From my experiences, everyone is very approachable and is always willing to share their knowledge. I found this very helpful as a new graduate. There is a real commitment to ensure a work life balance exists. This is achieved through the various social activities organised by the Firm. These include nights at the races, weekends away and sporting activities such as pool competitions and Tag Rugby tournaments.
The best advice I could give you is to attend the various graduate events and speak to as many PwC people as possible to obtain further information about the different departments within the Firm. I can’t stress enough how important it is to find out everything about each department so that you choose the one that is right for you. Therefore, do some research before you go in, regarding the Firm itself, the business environment and the department that you think you would be most suited to.
BSc in Economics and Finance and Masters of Accounting
I was attracted to PwC as a graduate employer for a number of reasons; the opportunities for professional and personal development; its reputation as an excellent employer; the fact that it is the leading professional services firm in Ireland with a diverse range of clients and sectors; and the great opportunities to travel. And I haven’t been disappointed.
I’ve been very lucky to have a large variety of clients and experiences in PwC. I’ve been involved in reviews of a client’s key business processes, IT general controls for small and large client’s, identifying key risks a client faces and putting controls in place to mitigate those risks. The variety of work across a broad spectrum of clients gives you a very broad overall knowledge of different businesses and before you know it, you grow into a very well rounded professional.
My role involves a lot of communication with clients and managers from other departments in PwC, which I enjoy a lot. I love meeting new people and learning about new businesses so this would be my favourite part of the role.
I also really enjoy the responsibility that PwC gives me every day. This could involve anything from planning new jobs to presenting a client with final recommendations and outcomes of our reviews. As I am now a Manager and am looking more into the variety of options available in PwC. I see myself staying with the Firm long term.
My advice to graduates is to learn about and explore opportunities that PwC has to offer and choose options interest you most. PwC experience could be whatever you want it to be for you and it's only you who can shape it to suit your interests and desired career. So if you want to be in a full control of your career and training and development - you're in the right place!
Bachelor of Commerce and Masters of Accounting
I was impressed with the level of support PwC gave me from day one. In fact, even before I joined they supported me fully to study for my Masters in Accounting. Everyone is assigned a Coach when they start and mine has signed me up for many IT courses and supported me during my professional exams. There are all sorts of courses to develop the technical expertise you need, but it’s the hands-on experience and day-to-day support that I’ve found most valuable. I was working alongside Senior Managers within weeks and was surprised how approachable and helpful they were. Now that I have been with PwC for nearly 3 years, I am helping out new associates and am in a position to share my experience.
My job always presents me with new challenges and opportunities. I have completed internal audit secondments within two of Ireland’s largest banks and a large multinational technology company. I have worked on environmental reports on behalf of PwC Denmark, completed controls testing within large financial institutions and shared process improvement insights to both public and private organisations. My role has gradually developed from supervised testing to offering insights to clients based on what I have learned from my previous work.
As of August 2013, I will be completing a 6 month secondment in the PwC New York office, giving me the opportunity to learn a whole new approach to my job and work with a new team.
I knew PwC was the largest professional services firm in Ireland before I worked here, but I didn’t realise the vast range of services it offers. I’d recommend that anyone thinking of a career at PwC researches the business areas and job opportunities thoroughly because you’ll be surprised at just how many different options there are.
BA in European Business and Transatlantic Studies and Professional Diploma in Accounting
I was lucky enough to have completed three placements during college so I had a good idea of what I wanted to do when I graduated. I had the opportunity to talk to PwC graduates at a careers fair, which gave me a clear picture of the work, the culture and the social side of the Firm. I applied to PwC when I was in my final year of a BA in European Business and Transatlantic Studies in DCU and the Firm sponsored me to complete the Professional Diploma in Accounting which meant I joined in Autumn 2011.
Day-to-day I liaise with clients on ways to reduce their exposure to risk. I might be walking them through an audit process, checking IT controls, carrying out detailed tests on key systems or tracking and reporting on the progress of projects. So far I’ve delivered projects on business controls for clients in education, banking, food manufacturing, energy, Telecommunications and medical devices.
I was surprised when I joined by how much graduates interact daily with senior managers and partners. The responsibility I had also amazed me. As soon as induction training was over, graduates went out to client sites and got straight to work. However, that’s not to say that the training stopped there. I’ve been trained in data cleaning, data mining, data analysis and ACL, a program used to perform Computer Assisted Auditing Techniques. And I’ve had SAP-specific training and been able to apply it on SAP clients. Over the last two years I’ve also sat my CAP 2 and FAE exams and am now a qualified chartered accountant.
The work is demanding and the end of the financial year can be particularly hectic. However, I’m surrounded by amazing opportunities to progress, as well as by great people who are full of knowledge and advice. In fact, the people are definitely the best thing about working for PwC.
Bachelor of Commerce
I had decided by final year in college that I wanted to pursue the accountancy exams and become a Chartered Accountant. I found the career path of gaining a wide experience of different sectors while working with a professional services firm like PwC very interesting. Throughout the recruitment process I found PwC to be the most personable firm and believed that they were the right fit for me.
When I joined the Firm it was my first time living in Dublin which was an adjustment at first. It takes time to get used to balancing the requirements of working and attending lectures, but the Firm supported me all the way. PwC provides excellent training and development; both formal training which is annual and progressive and also more importantly on-the-job training by peers and more senior staff. I’ve also been lucky enough to have been sent on secondment to PwC Bratislava which was excellent for the development of my international experience.
I was surprised that I was so client facing from early on in my contract. It’s now actually one of the things I enjoy most about PwC in my role in Internal Audit. I’ve varied and constant interaction with some of the most interesting clients in the Irish marketplace across multiple industries.
My advice to graduates would be to research as much as you can about the Firm and talk to as many people as possible who work here so that you have all the information before your interview.
Advisory consulting profiles
Bachelor of Commerce and MSc in Management Consulting
I knew I wanted a career in Consulting and PwC seemed the natural choice for me. After attending the lunch hosted by PwC, I was really impressed by the people and the offices themselves. We were given a presentation on the type of work PwC consultants carried out on a day-to-day basis, and I liked the fact that there was a lot of variety in the projects delivered and that work was not just desk-based. Having been here a year now, I am glad to say that everything has lived up to my expectations.
I am part of the Strategy team. The type of projects I work on for clients usually consist of business development plans, feasibility studies, organisational reviews and market studies. The clients I’ve worked with have come from a wide range of industry backgrounds. My most recent projects included working with a hazardous waste company to produce a strategic review and a major soft drinks company, helping them to source a new distributor for the Irish market.
This variety, that no projects are ever the same, keeps the job interesting and I’ve gained insight into a wide array of sectors in the short time that I’ve been here.
My advice to any graduates is to know exactly why it is you want to join PwC, and what attracts you to the work we do here. Be aware of current issues and challenges facing businesses and how you feel consultants can play a role in helping overcome these.
Bachelor of Commerce and MBS in Innovation in European Business
The big attraction for me was the Firm’s reputation as a graduate employer. PwC offers it all, from exposure to high-profile clients and challenging projects to extensive training and development opportunities.
I work on the Operational Effectiveness team. One recent major piece of work was developing an airport operations manual for a major airport authority. The project spanned terminal, landside and airside operations and involved reviewing the operations of the terminal and developing an integrated operations manual.
I helped with everything from managing the project and the various stakeholders to identifying opportunities to improve on best practice. The final manual has had a really positive effect on the way the airport is run. I’ve also worked with a well-known bank on their organisation design and with a client in the pharmaceutical sector to review their IT strategy. These projects are all very different but equally absorbing and challenging. It’s the diversity that I love the most.
PwC is full of opportunity so I say embrace it. Enjoy the broad range of work on offer and then figure out what you want to specialise in and where you want to go.
The training has been first-class too. In my first year as an associate I’ve had classroom training, worked on my IT, communication and documentation skills, and had loads of on-the-job coaching. In fact I’ve learned a huge amount from the talented project teams I work alongside. Teamwork is a big part of the culture here – and the active social life at the Firm only enhances that. Since I joined, events have included tag rugby, department get-togethers for pay-day drinks, team dinners and nights out with my intake, Consulting-wide pool and bowling tournaments, the summer barbeque and treasure hunt, and the Advisory away trip – just to mention a few.
BComm in Management Information Systems
I was looking for a role that would allow me to bridge the gap between business and technology, in addition to managing strategic IT projects for clients, and PwC has provided me with these opportunities.
I am a Director in the Consulting practice leading the Technology Consulting team. My role is very varied - I am responsible for the strategic and operational elements of the Technology team in addition to winning new work and delivering client projects. I work with clients to support them on developing and implementing their IT Strategy or on designing the optimal structure for the IT organisation and sourcing model.
There is plenty of training available in PwC including core consulting skills relating to project management, communications, facilitation and presentation skills, technical training on IT Strategy and Architecture in addition to leadership development. I’ve also completed certification with the Project Management Institute and Prince2 Foundation and Practitioner while with PwC.
The best part of my role is working with clients to understand their issues and develop technology solutions to help them overcome whatever business challenges they are facing. It is a really interesting time to be working in the technology space as it is evolving so rapidly and we need to constantly adapt our approach. I also really enjoy the people aspects of my role, building relationships with senior client representatives and supporting my team so that they are learning all the time – it is very rewarding to watch others develop throughout their careers.
BComm in Management Information Systems
The culture in PwC is challenging but supportive. I find myself constantly challenged to push my limits, an opportunity I embrace to test myself and learn new skills or enhance existing ones.
I always knew that PwC was one of the Big 4 accounting firms but only when I started researching potential employers during the milk-round did I realise the breadth of services available and Consulting immediately caught my eye.
Three primary elements attracted me to PwC; the chance to work with the biggest clients in Ireland and abroad on high-profile engagements, the range of work I could be involved in from investigations to high profile sector transformation work and the opportunity to work with highly talented people. /p>
I work across a number of areas including Information Security where we advise and support clients on the security of their IT infrastructure which includes ethical hacking and penetration testing. Our team also provides computer forensic services which involves investigations, primarily regarding corporate malfeasance, and preparation of evidence for legal discovery. I also work in data analytics helping support a number of different work streams such as operations and regulatory compliance.
My development is a priority for PwC and I’ve attended a number of training courses both in Ireland and abroad as a result. The culture in PwC is challenging but supportive. I find myself constantly challenged to push my limits, an opportunity I embrace to test myself and learn new skills or enhance existing ones.
Bachelor of Commerce and MSc Management and Organisation Studies
When I read about the Consulting practice in PwC, I knew it was the Firm for me. The type of work described really interested me, in particular the types of projects that the People and Change team were involved in – organisation designs, HR function transformations and talent management strategies.
PwC’s size means I get to work with a range of people across many specialisms on a variety of projects. My first project involved working on the business case phase of a major transformation project for a global organisation. Once the business case for this project was approved, I continued to work through to the design and implementation phases over a 12 month period. The team on this project was brought together from PwC firm’s across the globe. It was a great project to be involved in and has given me huge insights into large-scale change projects.
In my second and third year at PwC, I had the opportunity to work across different sectors; technology, financial services, education and payments industry. I’ve gained great experience in areas such as organisation design, change management, communications, recruitment and project management.
There are plenty of training courses to benefit from in PwC. I’ve recently completed the Prince2 certification and attended training courses on MS Excel, MS Project and presentation skills.
Overall, I’ve really enjoyed my time at PwC. My highlights would be the interesting projects across a range of sectors, and the opportunity to learn from great people who are full of knowledge and advice.
Bachelor of Business and Law
Before I joined PwC I had worked for a year on the graduate programme of a large Irish bank. I decided that it wasn’t for me and that I wanted a career in Consulting that also kept up my interest in finance. The Financial Effectiveness team in PwC was the natural choice.
The aspect I enjoy most about my role is the broad experience I am gaining working with leading companies from a range of sectors. It is this variety which attracted me to PwC in the first place. The Firm works with some of the biggest companies in Ireland. This client base, coupled with the Firm’s reputation both here and abroad were the main factors in my decision to start my career at PwC.
To date, I’ve worked with clients from the financial services, technology and dairy sectors. One of the highlights for me has been working on a project for a global software company in conjunction with our PwC colleagues from the US and Belgium. It was a great opportunity to work closely with Partners and other senior people from across the global PwC network.
What has struck me most since joining is the way in which the Firm encourages staff at all levels to offer their opinion on potential solutions. It brings great satisfaction when you can see some of your input in the final client presentation. One of the things which I didn’t fully appreciate before joining PwC is the benefit of working as part of a wider professional services firm where there are subject matter experts covering almost every sector, all working under the one roof.
I think Consulting is a great place to start your career. The learning curve is always steep, the work is challenging and no two projects are the same. It can be hard work at times but in return you will gain invaluable experience working with brilliant people across a broad array of sectors.
Bachelor of Commerce
I completed a work placement with PwC, so I knew it was one of the largest professional services firms in the world with fantastic programs for graduates. The Firm also appealed to me because of its reputation, its client list and the study support it offers. But what I enjoy most now I’m here is the sheer diversity of my clients and the range of work I get involved in.
As a first year associate I’ve carried out financial audits for clients in a host of different sectors – including food retail, construction development, computer software and the media. Something I really enjoyed was working on the audit of a local radio station which involved everything from testing bank reconciliations, inspecting fixed assets, repairs and maintenance to scrutinising payroll details and examining prepayments. Both the responsibility and the range of work I’ve had have helped me learn a lot in a very short time.
As you’d expect, we maintain highly professional working relationships with clients – and with colleagues too. At the same time though, I was surprised by how friendly, open and encouraging people are here. It’s great catching up with them after the weekend and there are always plenty of social events happening where you can get to know them better.
Each year we get extensive training in the new sections of the audit we’ll be given responsibility for. And there are regular opportunities to upgrade your skills in areas like IT and Microsoft Excel. I’m looking forward to continually learning and developing my skills – both academically by working towards my professional qualification and technically so I can help our clients achieve their business goals.
I think Assurance at PwC is one of the best platforms for a long-term career. The experience you get here alone is invaluable.
BA in Law and Accounting
I joined PwC in August 2012 after completing my degree in Law and Accounting in the University of Limerick. As part of my degree I completed an eight-month work placement with PwC. From the offset I knew PwC was a firm that I would like to be a part of. As tax was my preferred field of study I was delighted when I was offered a position in the tax practice of PwC Limerick.
Prior to joining PwC I was unsure of what to expect. I knew PwC was a massive firm and had a strong reputation worldwide so I was a little apprehensive about starting, but the friendly atmosphere and support helped me settle quickly.
Working in the regional office you are exposed to a wide variety of work and a diverse range of clients across a broad spectrum of industries. The work is so varied, no two days are the same. The learning curve is undoubtedly steep but everybody is very willing to help you understand and improve. You are genuinely learning from the best with the more senior employees eager to share their knowledge. I have been working with PwC for just over one year now and my knowledge and confidence in dealing clients has improved immensely.
Completing professional exams is another major aspect of my training contract with PwC. PwC offer great support to enable you to get through the exams. PwC arrange numerous revision courses given by some of the best lectures and provide plenty of additional notes to help give you that extra edge when sitting the exams.
We also have a fantastic sports and social club here in the Limerick office that organises plenty of nights out, table quizzes and trips away. PwC is a great place to start your career it is a place where opportunities to learn and develop are endless.
South East Assurance
BBS in Economics and Finance
I joined PwC Kilkenny as an Associate in October 2012 after completing a Bachelor of Business Studies in WIT specialising in Economics and Finance. When researching graduate programmes PwC stood out from the others. I already knew that they were the largest professional services firm in Ireland and across the globe. However, through a placement that I completed with the Firm, I experienced first-hand their diverse client base, the friendly work atmosphere, the incredible exam support and, most valuable to me, the coaching from the experts here and benefiting from their advice.
Over the past year I’ve made lifelong friendships and the networking with colleagues and clients I’m sure will come in useful too. My ACA professional exam path was all mapped out for me by the PwC Training and Development team. I passed all the CAP 1 exams in the first sitting this summer. The one-to-one training on the job and in house training team helped a lot. The exams are tough and require a lot of hard work so I was lucky enough that PwC gave me six weeks off for study leave before the exams.
Personally I love working on client site and interacting with clients, and seeing how different clients operate. In the south east offices we get some experience in accounts preparation and this year I completed the accounts for a partnership from analysing the book keeping records to drafting the primary statements.
In Kilkenny, our clients include large and small indigenous firms as well as large multinationals and Asset Management companies. Being in one of the south east offices means I get to work with a range of audit teams across Asset Management and International & Domestic Business clients. Over the past year I’ve travelled to London, Manchester and Newcastle on some of our larger multinational company audits. I’ve also worked on numerous Fund audits based in the Kilkenny office; this exposure has been really interesting and the audit work is different, it’s great to get a mix.
Head of Funds Product EMEA – Citi
After graduating from UCD with a BComm and MAcc I joined PwC's Assurance practice. I really couldn’t have asked for a better start to my career! The training I received was second to none and really prepared me to take my career forward. So much of what I have learned has stayed with me to this day. I also was lucky enough to be seconded to PwC New York which gave me my entrance into the international financial services business. To this day I have an excellent network of colleagues within the industry which was formed during my times in PwC. I would recommend PwC to any budding business person who has drive and ambition to succeed.
International Financial Accounting Manager - Facebook
In 2002, I graduated from DIT with a BSc. Business (Management). After considering various graduate offers, I decided to join PwC. I started in the Assurance practice working with small business and Non-profit Organizations. The decision to join PwC was one of the best I have made in my career to-date. I received excellent training and had a really positive experience from a working, academic and social viewpoint.
I was seconded to PwC Amsterdam in 2005 which gave me experience in a European environment. I was lucky to work with some really top people and in spite of leaving the firm in 2006, I still remain very close to all my PwC ex-colleagues. I have built up a large network from ex-colleagues and clients during my time in PwC and this network offers great support and opportunities for the future. Since moving from PwC, I have worked with Google and now Facebook. My experience in PwC has really prepared me for these roles and will continue to be useful for my future career. I would recommend PwC to any graduate who wants a successful business career.