Changing places - Guernsey assurance senior manager profile

Want a globally-recognised professional qualification with a highly reputable firm that also offers opportunities to travel? Steph Coxon talks about her career with PwC so far

Having just returned from 2 years spent working for the Australian firm, I can honestly say you need look no further - PwC right here in the Channel Islands ticks all the boxes!

Over 6 years ago, I joined PwC’s Guernsey office and trained up as a Chartered Accountant and I definitely can say that I haven’t looked back since.

The professional exams are not a walk in the park by any stretch of the imagination. However, with PwC's support the pressure is eased considerably. For starters on average PwC invests 27 weeks paid study leave for each student. Then there's our buddy system, peer group meetings, and coaching and mentoring systems. And the great thing about these is that the qualifications are globally recognised and open a vast range of opportunities afterwards.

PwC has offices in 153 countries around the world with more than 160,000 employees. And the benefits of its size and ability to connect people and teams across the world, doesn’t just extend to its clients. The highlight of my career was being able to take advantage of this global network when I went to work with the Australian firm in the Sydney office. Whilst gaining valuable experience working in a larger office, it was also a fantastic opportunity to travel around Asia and throughout Australia. I feel extremely fortunate to have been able to move overseas and experience not only working, but also living in such an amazing destination as Australia.

In my day-to-day job I’m focused on leading and managing teams and delivering our services to clients efficiently. PwC is a firm that’s also really focused on ensuring we really know and understand our clients, so we can see ways to really add value for them and make having us as their advisor, a great experience. Practically, this involves spending time out on site with the team and meeting with the client. Our clients include huge global corporations, FTSE 100 companies; middle sized organisations and smaller fast growing entrepreneurial companies. The variety of work offered at PwC is what really drives me; it’s very rare that any two days are the same. This is much more the case working in a relatively small office as we all get opportunities to work on special projects and take on additional responsibilities earlier in our careers. We also get more time working directly with Partners which allows you to learn not just technical skills from them but also client relationship skills. Another great advantage to working with a large professional services firm is that you also get working experiences in area’s outside of your chosen specialism, such as tax and financial advisory. 

These departments help guide clients through events such as major transactions, operational changes and strategic decisions.

PwC actively encourages you to maintain a healthy work/life balance both by providing opportunities to relax and have fun, and supporting you as you learn how to manage your workload effectively, prioritise and complete work efficiently. When it comes to fun, we currently have eight sports teams, varying from mixed netball through others to rowing. Also if you’ve an interest in a particular sport and there’s enough interest in the office, PwC will support you in entering a PwC team in a league.

PwC’s social activities don’t just revolve around sport though, with events ranging from paintball to the annual ball through to day trips to Herm. All of the socials are decided by a committee, and because it’s made up from members of staff at all grades, it’s something you can get involved in, pretty much as soon as you join if you want to.

Each year PwC continue to offer unrivalled opportunities for graduates, A-level School leavers and placement students wishing to train in chartered accountancy or tax.

We’re interviewing for our 2012 and 2013 trainees now. 

If you’re not sure yet if accountancy is the right route for you, I couldn’t recommend our work experience placements highly enough. They are sought after, but by far the best way to gain a valuable insight into an accountancy career and your potential future employer.

Last year we saw an increasing trend in organised candidates applying for the vacancies earlier in the process. As a result this year’s intake filled up very quickly and we have already seen applicants for the 2012 and 2013 vacancies. So if you do think that a career with PwC is for you apply today or contact our HR team to request some work experience with us.