Graduate careers

Start your career with a community of solvers that encourages you to lead with your heart and values.

Our values define how we do things, what we should stand for, now and into the future. And our purpose is why we exist – to build trust in society and solve important problems.

Now is an exciting time to join us as our business is evolving. Technology, automation and artificial intelligence are disrupting how we work and help us achieve our purpose. In this rapidly changing world, the skills that make us uniquely human matter most: problem solving, creativity, insight, agility, relationships and leadership. It’s our ‘human difference’ that sets us apart.

If you’re agile in your thinking, adapt quickly to the changing world, excited about working smarter through technology, willing to work hard and care about making a difference in the work you do, we want to hear from you.

With us, your career is just that; yours. You choose it. You live it. You make it happen. To get the best from it, you need the best opportunities and access to the best tools to support your continuous learning. So, find out how your drive and initiative could open up new opportunities for you and our clients.

              Your development journey

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Our graduate programmes provide you with exceptional career experience working with and learning from the best. Our programmes will empower you to learn new skills for the digital world, to reimagine the possible on how you work with clients, and harness your skills to work on multiple projects through client engagements and study towards your professional qualification. You will gain a range of transferable business, personal and technical skills that help you grow, including excellent communication, project management, business awareness and coaching skills.

Studying for a professional qualification alongside balancing client demands with evening social activities can be difficult but we'll be right behind you. We have an open culture encouraging all our people to have a voice and with full financial support and access to excellent tuition, you will be well supported. You won’t go through this alone, you’ll study with the rest of your cohort, building strong relationships and networks along the way. 

You’ll be coached by our people who are experienced in their field providing you with the support and guidance and constant feedback to build your strengths and tackle areas for development.

What work will I do? We have opportunities to work in...

Work in Audit

In audit, we get to the heart of business providing decision makers with information they can trust and give investors confidence. In this evolving environment, audit offers you a diverse career working with wide-ranging businesses and industries. This provides the opportunity to develop broad business skills.

You’ll have hands-on work straightaway. It’s investigative work that often involves one-to-one meetings with financial controllers and finance directors, and you’ll need to be tenacious and resilient to do it well.  It's investigative work where you’ll regularly speak with key contacts such as financial controllers or finance directors, checking that data is accurate and highlighting and questioning any inaccuracies. And as finance is at the centre of every organisation, you'll learn constantly about how different businesses operate. You'll be looking through records and also help to put together reports on the controls and systems you have seen at our clients covering a wide range of industries and audit areas including customers, suppliers and bank statement reconciliations. If you’re an individual with intellectual agility, drive and resilience, you will most likely excel in our business.

The more experience you get, the more responsibility you’ll take on – from planning and carrying out your own audits as well as for coaching junior colleagues.

You'll study towards a professional accountancy qualification, the ICAEW Chartered Accountant, ACA. You’ll have a lot of support from your team, career counsellor and buddy to help you achieve this.

We want to hear from the most talented all-round students. We would like to hear from those that have outstanding academic achievements, gaining at least a Grade C in Maths and English at GCSE, a minimum of 112 UCAS points (excluding General Studies), or a minimum of 32 International Baccalaureate points, and be on track to securing a 2:1 in any degree discipline.

Work in Actuarial

Our actuaries work with uncertainty, you'll help our clients analyse how future events could affect them. As the only Big 4 actuarial practices on the Isle of Man, we provide insights and solutions for all businesses that face significant and complex risks - the traditional insurance industries and non-insurance industries like banking and pensions. Using our risk and analytical skills and predictive insights, we calculate the impact of changing demographics or legislation on pension schemes or the effects that changes in financial markets have on different organisations.

You’ll learn how to use complex financial and statistical theories to weigh up the risks and estimate the odds of what might happen. Just as importantly, you’ll develop a flair for presenting your findings in a simple and easy to understand language.

As a Trainee Actuary, you'll work collaboratively with a diverse range of clients, using innovative technologies to provide insights, whilst studying for a professional qualification with the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. Your team will be your support network and will help you achieve this.

We want to hear from the most talented all-round students. We would like to hear from those that have outstanding academic achievements, gaining at least a Grade B in Maths and English at GCSE, a minimum of 112 UCAS points (excluding General Studies), or a minimum of 32 International Baccalaureate points, and be on track to securing a 2:1 in any degree discipline.

Work in Tax

You’ll work with a range of clients from day one to understand their business affairs and discuss how tax rules apply to them. This could be with entrepreneurs or individual employees; advising on complex personal tax issues and implications of international assignments. Or with large multinationals; from local and overseas corporate tax compliance to the tax implications of business decisions and how they reward their people.

We’ll support you to apply your knowledge, to develop your network and understand the breadth of the tax services we provide to our clients. You’ll also develop key professional and transferable skills right from the start, giving you the foundation to develop your career as an agile and client-focused tax professional.

Your initial training will give you a solid grounding in all areas of Isle of Man, UK and international tax with sponsored study towards a highly regarded professional qualification; typically with the Association of Tax Technicians and then going on to become a Chartered Tax Advisor. Your team will support you and will be familiar with your studies as they’ll have also completed professional qualifications.

We want to hear from the most talented all-round students. We would like to hear from those that have outstanding academic achievements, gaining at least a Grade B in Maths and English at GCSE, a minimum of 112 UCAS points (excluding General Studies), or a minimum of 32 International Baccalaureate points, and be on track to securing a 2:1 in any degree discipline.

What skills do I need?

As well as talent and academic excellence, during the recruitment process we're looking for people who demonstrate:

  • Flexibility - to handle changing priorities and workloads positively
  • Courage and integrity - you are always up for a challenge and do the right thing by clients and colleagues
  • Curiosity - to help you learn, share and innovate
  • Team working skills - to take on your fair share and work with others to get results
  • Commercial awareness - you are up to date with the latest business thinking and trends
  • Great communication skills - to listen, persuade and put your point across

Find out more about the skills we look for and the PwC Professional.

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How do I apply?

Submit your application early

Applying is straightforward. We accept online applications only, so please do not send us your CV. We recruit on a rolling basis, so you can send us your application throughout the year but as we have limited spaces on our programme, we recommend that you submit your application form to us as soon as possible. We review applications as they are submitted.

Typically applications for our trainee positions are open to apply to in October/November with a start date of the following August.

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If you are invited to attend an interview, be prepared

This will be competency-based interview so be ready to talk about your experiences, demonstrate your understanding of our business and show you have the attributes detailed in The PwC Professional. As well as attending an interview, you will also be required to sit an assessment test. These basic tests help us gain an understanding of your core skills and abilities, and will usually take the form of a numerical reasoning test in which we can identify specific strengths or areas for development. The results will then be analysed and factored into the decision-making process. Although the results are not definitive, we would encourage you to prepare in advance if for example you have not studied a maths-related degree or A-level. Try some sample questions plus tips on the best way to prepare at www.shldirect.com.

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We know waiting is the hard part, and we will let you know whether or not you've been successful as soon as possible after your interview.

Meet our people

We're powered by our people. To help understand what it means to work here our people have shared their stories in their own words.

Adam McAuley - Actuarial

Adam McAuley - Actuarial

Graduate, BSc Mathematics & Economics at University of York

"My time in PwC’s Actuarial Services practice has honestly flown by, and from my first day in the office it’s safe to say that the learning curve you experience is exponential. I’ve already witnessed a vast variety of client work, exposure you would struggle to get when working in UK branches of the business and a real positive to being located on the Isle of Man.

The exam and study support is exceptional. I have had constant support from all of my colleagues whenever I’ve needed it, and the study material has great relevance to our everyday work. All in all, PwC is a fantastic place to work."

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