EPIC Programme

Early PwC International Challenge (EPIC) programme

The route to a fulfilling career
You want to develop language skills, enjoy the taste of exotic cultures or experience life in a new dynamic city. Maybe you want to see how businesses operate in a different country. And are you hungry to develop the skills that will provide a passport to superb career opportunities in a truly global firm?
Whatever your motivation, EPIC allows you to earn and seize the opportunity to work abroad much earlier in your career than you might expect. Not only will you make new friends and enjoy fresh surroundings, you’ll work with a challenging variety of clients and build lasting professional and personal relationships.
Typically, you’d depart for your chosen destination around three to four years after joining us, with your EPIC assignment lasting two years.

Global locations, global choices
A host of exciting destinations await in major established economic centres and key developing global markets. Highlighted below are just some of those destinations:

Czech Republic
Hong Kong
Middle East
New Zealand
South Africa
United Kingdom

You’ll engage in dialogue that will help you decide which town or city interests you most, and where your contribution would best fit the needs of our business. We’ll then prepare you for your assignment through mentoring, skill development and training.

Advantage: Your career
We’re convinced that your assignment working abroad will generate lasting personal and professional rewards. These are just some of the advantages existing assignees say they’ve gained:

  • Accelerated career progression
  • Deeper personal development
  • Improved skills and expertise
  • Greater cultural awareness
  • Better understanding of international differences
  • Broader and closer global networks
  • Long-term friendships
  • Increased confidence in overcoming challenges
  • Enhanced creativity through exposure to new ideas

Rewards and benefits
We want you to get the best from your EPIC assignment. That means minimising logistical, financial and practical concerns – and not allowing missing family and friends to stand in your way. We support our people on EPIC assignments with a package comprising:

  • Host-based compensation determined by local market rates
  • Assistance with immigration and compliance requirements
  • Reimbursement for the shipping of personal effects
  • Reimbursement for relocation travel costs for you and your accompanying dependents
  • Temporary living for you and those dependents
  • One home leave per assignment year for you and your accompanying dependents
  • Language and intercultural training

Home and away – and home again
When you embark on EPIC, unrivalled support mechanisms will be in place to ensure you get maximum return. Before your assignment starts, you’ll have your own mentor at home and a buddy awaiting you overseas – “EPIC graduates” themselves who’ll understand the support, information and attention you’ll need. They’ll both get to know you before your departure to smooth the transition, while a partner in your home and host country will help drive your career development.

The people we need
International assignments present an exciting prospect but they’re also challenging. The EPIC programme is open to PwC people who have demonstrated excellent performance, along with the desire and commitment to gain international experience early in their career. You can achieve what you want – in your life and in your work. So make your career choice EPIC.