Laura is an assurance associate at PwC

Age: 20

University attended: I attended Hautlieu school and then took the PwC HEADstart route, joining straight after my A-levels

Course taken: The A-levels I took were Biology, English Language, Sports Science and Business

What did you want to be when you were 8? A professional ice skater

Favourite way to relax? At the gym on a treadmill or walking my dog on the beach

Favourite place to eat in Jersey? Wildfire

What's your favourite possession? My bank card

What made you choose the company you work for?
I first heard about PwC when they visited my school to describe the opportunities they had on offer to A-level school leavers. Until this point, university appeared to be the typical route. After looking into PwC’s programme further, I became more aware of how great an opportunity this would be - working full time for one of the ‘Big 4’ accountancy firms, gaining a professional qualification while still providing me with the opportunity to get a degree and the chance to work with such a young, energetic and diverse group of people. Everyone I spoke to was so enthusiastic and passionate about PwC which really swayed my decision.

What sort of professional training do you take?
At PwC, you choose between the ACCA and ACA qualifications which have differing exam structures, allowing you to pick the learning style that suits you best. I’m half way through studying towards the ACCA qualification – Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. It comprises 14 exams taken over a three year period. ACCA also gives students a chance to obtain a degree, Applied Accounting, by completing one extra dissertation paper. PwC fully supports our professional training and gives us time off work to attend revision courses locally at BPP. Due to PwC’s large intakes, I’m currently studying alongside some of my colleagues, which is great as we provide each other with support and encouragement.

What do you do on an average day?
One of the main highlights of working at PwC in assurance is that every day is different. So far, I’ve had the opportunity to work on a range of clients in banking, trust, private equity and real estate. A lot of our time is spent at clients’ offices, so you get a lot of client exposure from the very start. You’re also never stuck at the same desk every day. It’s nice to have a change of scenery. Each audit has a different team allowing you to work with and meet a variety of people. This is particularly useful for first years as they get to know lots of colleagues quickly.

What is your next step?
I’d like to pass my remaining exams and qualify as a chartered accountant in just over one year’s time. After this, I plan to look further into the Applied Accounting degree on offer through the ACCA.
Following that, the PwC Network has offices in 157 countries, providing employees with the opportunity to gain experience in different departments and new industries around the world. I love travelling and therefore the opportunity to take a secondment in the future really appeals to me.

What advice would you give to yourself as a graduate considering the experience you have now?
Try and get as much work experience as possible associated with your career choice. Not only will this look good on your CV when applying for positions but it will also give you an invaluable and genuine understanding about the role. Also, chat to those who are already in the role you’re considering by attending the career fairs and recruitment events. It’s your chance to find out everything about building your career and life experiences with us.