• Name: Stephanie
  • Job Title: Assurance Associate
  • Location: St Albans
  • Degree: Chemistry
  • Areas of Specialism: Audit and Assurance

I joined PwC on the Assurance graduate programme, in September 2011.

How did you hear about PwC?

I knew I didn’t want to pursue a career in chemistry, so one of my friends who did an accounting degree suggested I apply for a summer internship with PwC.

How would you describe your job?

In Assurance I work in a team that visits client sites and audits all their financial statements. It’s about finding out what businesses do with their money, so we look at the cash in their financial statements and see what accounts they have. I might send a letter to the banks to confirm amounts or investigate why year-end balances might be different from what was anticipated. It’s our job to test all the reconciled items and see if they’re right or not. I have a lot of direct contact with the clients both when I’m working on client site and in the PwC office.

What do you like most about your job?

I really like working in a team because you never feel like you’re on your own – there’s always someone to go to. I also love the variety. I’m always working on different projects, meeting new people and working in different offices. Sometimes there might be a point when you feel like there’s a lot to take in, but if you’re stuck, there’s always someone around to help. We have a good team and coaching structure. Senior colleagues will often ask if I’d like to join them at meetings and I’ll get a lot of exposure to different projects this way.

What would you say are the benefits of a career at PwC?

On top of my degree, PwC has given me the opportunity to get a professional qualification. Some of the other benefits are the variety and career progression.

What’s next for you?

Soon I’ll move up to the next level which will bring more responsibility and I’ll have to coach the first year graduates. You learn valuable skills from coaching the first years and I’m really looking forward to the challenge. The amount of responsibility you get straight away is also great – it was quite daunting at first, but now I appreciate it as I’ve learnt so much.

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