The best aspects, I think , are the coaching and shadowing experiences. Each intern was assigned a peer buddy, coach, and relationship partner. my peer buddy was an associate and he helped me get familiar with the office and the administration tasks. My coach, who was a manager, provided me advice that were helpful to achieve my goals during the internship. I met with my relationship partner once to discuss career opportunities. Although he was travelling very often, we were able to communicate through emails. There were also many informal mentors. One of my seniors explained to me the different functions of several other groups, when I was granted extra interview opportunities with some specialist groups. One disadvantage I had during the internship was that all my engagements were compliance function so I was lacking the client-facing experiences. However, my coach, relationship partner, and engagement team manager allowed me to shadow them during their client meetings. Those were important meetings that helped me not only gained the client-facing experiences but also understood the roles of each PwC staff.
Although the firm often had networking events for interns, I found it difficult to retain relationships, especially people that were not in my group.
Advice to Potential Interns
When accounting and taxation students look for an internship or full-time job, they usually compare the big four. It is hard to say one is better than the other, but I recommend these students to consider the following areas: coaching opportunities (i.e. how much time your official coach will devote to you? how easy can you connect to other informational mentors?), training (i.e. besides formal training, are there on-site teaching? does the firm require senior or experienced associates to help/training the new joiners?), diversity (i.e. how diverse, in terms of cultural, gender, education backgrounds, your group and the firm are?), culture of the firm/ group (i.e. does your group or the firm encourages questions and contributions from the new joiners? what are your interviewers' reactions to your questions during the interviews?), and career advancement (i.e. what credential(s) are required to get promoted? is your group supportive when you request a rotation to another group?)
Sample Interview Questions
- (I had auditing experiences) Why do you choose tax over auditing?
- Give me an example of you leading a team
- Why do you think you are better than the other?
- Are you planning to move to another city/ country?
Advice to Management
Please share more of your experiences to the new joiners