• Role: Consulting Associate
  • Location: London
  • University: -Non UK-
  • Degree: Commerce and information systems

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What does a typical day look like for you?

It’s really varied – that’s definitely one of the things I enjoy most. At the start we went through an eight week intensive training programme, then in my first two weeks I started working on an internal project, helping with a learning and development training programme. I got to understand the business and all the different tools we use. Then one day, without too much notice, I got a call, they said ‘how you would like to work at a well known broadcaster?’

On my current project, my work changes all the time. I’m working in the project management office, which manages the logistics of all these announcements and changes. My role is to help the client manage this by attending events, gathering feedback and seeing how we can move forward and improve. It’s about making sure everyone’s involved. It’s a crucial programme and we need to keep in contact with the client on a daily basis.

What do you enjoy most?

What I enjoy is seeing everything as a whole, not just being pigeon-holed in one area. And also, because it’s such a big team, I get to work with a lot of different people, different personalities, different working styles, and they all understand that I’m a graduate and help to give the support I need. I love having the opportunity to learn from those people. There’s so much opportunity to learn and develop.

Has there been a highlight?

Yes, definitely, it’s being able to make friends with such like-minded people. I didn’t know anyone in London when I moved here, so it was great to build relationships with the people I started with. We had quite a small intake of about 50, and I’ve made good friends now. I’ve made friends across the UK, in Manchester, Birmingham, and even international contacts from other PwC territories.

Why would you recommend the programme?

I think it’s a great way to find out different areas of Management Consulting. The graduate programme involves going through several different areas and industry groups over a two year period, with an eight week training programme at the start. You learn technical skills and soft skills which include things like presentation and communication skills. In terms of rotating, even if you don’t know at the start what you want to specialise in, you’ll have plenty of opportunity later on to find your niche. You get the chance to gain lots of experience as well as exposure to lots of different areas.

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