Graduate programme FAQs

Before you apply

Is our graduate programme the right fit for you?

  • Are you a team player who can also work on your own initiative?
  • Can you think beyond the numbers to come up with imaginative solutions?
  • Are you good at connecting with people and building lasting relationships?
  • Do you always ask questions and look for better, more efficient ways of doing things?
  • Are you inspired by challenging, exciting and diverse work?

If you answered yes to these questions, our graduate programme is the ideal place for you to grow and make a difference.

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What graduate positions are available?

There are over 350 graduate positions available across our Tax, Assurance and Consulting teams.

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Do I need to have studied accountancy or business to apply?

We accept applications to our graduate programme from all degree disciplines. You must be on track for or have achieved a 2.1 Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.

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Where are PwC’s offices located in Ireland?

Our headquarters are located in Spencer Dock, Dublin. We also have offices in Cork, Limerick, Galway, Waterford, Wexford and Kilkenny.

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Can I choose which Irish office I want to work in?

Yes. You can select your preferred location when you apply.

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What key dates do I need to know about?

  • Launch date - applications open 4 September 2019
  • Closing date for Consulting applications - 5.00pm, 14 October 2019
  • Closing date for Tax, Assurance and Risk Assurance applications - 5.00pm, 16 October 2019
  • Event presentations - 29 - 30 October 2019


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How can I get more information?

You can call our team on +353 1 792 8550 or email us.

You can also talk to us in person at one of our on-campus events. Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for upcoming PwC events at your university.


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The application process

When can I apply?

Graduate programme 2020 applications open September 4 2019.

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What is the closing date for applications?

The closing date for Consulting applications is 5.00pm, 14 October 2019. The closing date for Tax, Assurance and Risk Assurance applications is 5.00pm, 16 October 2019.

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Can I apply for more than one position?

When you have decided which area of the business you would like to work in, select the appropriate link on the Graduate programme application page. We would ask that you complete just one application. If you would like to be considered for another area, or have a second preference, please note this on your application or with our Graduate Recruitment team.


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How do I submit my application?

We are no longer accepting applications for our 2020 programme, however please check back again next year when we launch details for our 2021 programme.

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How will I know if my application has been successfully received?

You’ll receive a confirmation email once your online application form is submitted. You’ll be able to log into our recruitment system at any time to track your application.

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I applied before but was unsuccessful. Can I apply again?

We would be happy to receive an application from you if you have applied before.

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After you apply

How will I know if I have been successful?

We will let you know if you have been selected for interview after the closing date. You will get the opportunity to select a time slot for your interview. We will also invite you to an event where we will give you more information about us, the graduate programme and your chosen area of the business.

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Will I be notified if I’m not selected for the position I applied for?

Yes. Unsuccessful candidates will be notified via email.

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What if I can’t attend my interview in person?

We would be happy to facilitate a video interview at the time you’ve selected using Google Hangouts if you can’t attend in person. Bear in mind any time difference if you are abroad.

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How can I prepare for my interview?

A good way to prepare for your interview is to read our Employability Guide. It contains essential hints and tips about how to make yourself stand out from the crowd.

Before you come for your interview, you’ll be asked to complete an online psychometric test. 

As for the interview itself, we will talk to you about how you have arrived at your career choice. We'll look to see how well you understand our business and our services. We’ll also discuss how you work and communicate with others.

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When you join

Can I take a year out before joining?

It is possible to take a year out before taking up your graduate position with us. Every candidate is dealt with on an individual case-by-case basis. If you intend to take a year out after college, please let us know at your interview.

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When will I start?

Your graduate programme will start in Autumn 2020. We will issue successful candidates with a contract and specific onboarding details closer to the start date.

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What kind of package will I get when I join?

When you join us as a graduate, you will receive a competitive  package worth over €32,000. But there’s more to a graduate career with us than just a salary. We spend €8m every year on our graduates’ training and development. We’ll also pay all your exam fees, lectures and tutorials, textbooks and registration fees.

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Do I get time off to study for my exams?

If you are studying for professional qualifications in tax and assurance, you’ll get eight to 12 weeks of paid study leave. You can also build up overtime throughout the year and take it as extra leave, or additional pay.

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What kind of exam support will I receive?

We provide a range of supports ahead of your professional exams. We hold information sessions to give you a clear picture of what to expect in your exams. You’ll learn from colleagues who have completed the same exams and achieved brilliant marks. Mock exams will allow you to become familiar with the exam structure. Professional lecturers will provide comprehensive revision sessions.

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Contact us

Careers helpdesk

Recruitment team, PwC Ireland (Republic of)

Tel: +353 1 792 8550

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