Assurance Associate, PwC Graduate Scheme
Where are you now?
I am currently on the PwC Graduate Scheme working as an Assurance Associate and studying for my Chartered Accountancy qualification with The Institute of Chartered Accountants Ireland.
How did you get there?
In the final year of my degree, I decided that a career in research wasn’t for me and to look for opportunities elsewhere. The QUB Biological Sciences careers service circulated an email about the PwC Graduate Scheme and I decided to apply. PwC hire graduates from all degree backgrounds and train them in Accountancy
Making use of Careers, Employability and Skills
After being successful in the first round of applications, I had to attend an assessment centre; I attended a career guidance appointment which was extremely helpful in preparing me for the assessments. After successfully completing that round I attended another career guidance appointment to help with interview technique for my final interview and it definitely helped me to prepare answers and relax.
Advice for Queen's students
Think outside the box regarding employment opportunities; I absolutely loved studying Biological Sciences but I wanted to see what other options were out there outside of the Science and Research sector. There are so many fantastic graduate schemes which provide you with the training and qualifications to move into an entirely different field.
Additionally, make use of the QUB careers facilities, whether it’s to enhance your CV, practice interview technique or just get some guidance on potential career paths, the help which they can provide is invaluable
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