First off let me introduce myself, my name is Katie and I am a Tax Specialist in the Transfer Pricing department of the Tax practice in PwC Dublin. I hope that by reading this blog you can gain an insight into what life is like as a first year in PwC.
Before I joined the Firm in October 2013, I completed a Bachelor of Law (BCL) Degree in UCC after which I undertook a Masters of Taxation in the University of Limerick.
It was during my Masters that the application process for jobs and the "milkrounds" took place. I can remember that out of all the "Big Four" firms, I was particularly impressed with the presentation I attended by PwC, The speakers gave a great insight into how PwC operates as a firm and the culture they promote. They were also keen to chat to us afterwards so we could ask them questions in relation to the application process or work in general. I now understand that this friendly, helpful nature is present throughout the entire PwC office. I can't stress enough how important it is to attend all campus events organised by the Firms as this is the only means you have of deciding what firm is the best fit for you.
Having received numerous offers from these firms, I chose PwC due to their reputation as the number one firm in the country as well as their impressive graduate recruitment programme during which I gained a true understanding of what they were looking for in potential candidates. I felt that PwC was the right fit for me!
Since joining PwC I have strengthened my tax technical knowledge through attending the extensive in-house training programme the Firm provides, as well as specific transfer pricing knowledge through my day to day work as a Tax Specialist in this department. We are kept busy with work on a wide variety of interesting clients, however my PwC colleagues are always available to provide help, guidance and support when needed. Having the support of my team is an invaluable part of my life in the Firm.
Of course it is not all work and no play, and there is always an impending social event to look forward to. The Social Committee has organised a night at the dogs to celebrate the filing deadline in two weeks’ time; so I am looking forward to relaxing and having fun with my colleagues at that. These events are great to help everyone get to know each other better in a non-work setting and I always really enjoy them!
I look forward to sharing more of my insights with you over the coming months.