I’m Yvonne Clinton and I’m one of the 81 interns who are delighted to be working with PwC in summer 2015. I’m really excited to be working in Advisory. To say that we’re a lucky bunch is probably an understatement – PwC has to be the best opportunity I’ve received.
To introduce myself, I’m from Galway and have just completed second year of my Bachelor of Commerce degree in NUI Galway. When I was seventeen I didn’t fancy moving away from my mum’s cooking, but now I feel ready for an adventure. An internship in Dublin was the perfect opportunity!
And so my search for a summer internship began. I never really considered any other firm than PwC for several reasons, though I did interview with others. Firstly, I received an award from PwC for my accounting results in First Year, and I really appreciated this recognition so early on in my academic career. When PwC called me for interview, I was excited and nervous in equal measure! I’d never done a proper job interview before.
Since I live in Galway, PwC kindly agreed to do the interview by phone, and one Tuesday afternoon I found myself sitting awkwardly in my bedroom, telephone at the ready. My interviewers couldn’t have been nicer.
Getting my offer from PwC was exciting. The phone call triggered a mad dash out of the college restaurant to go somewhere I could actually hear, and I loved the personal touch of my interviewer herself ringing me to tell me the good news. It’s been fantastic to meet her at last four months later.
Our first days in PwC saw us receive in-depth training on the organisation and its policies – they really made sure that we wouldn’t be uncertain about what to do in any situation. And they also assigned each of us a buddy from our Line of Service, and in my case my buddy was relatively new to PwC as well, so she understood what I was experiencing.
The other staff in PwC are really friendly and welcoming – they can’t do enough to make us interns feel at home. They insist that there’s no such thing as a stupid question, they’ve heard it all before, and it’s really true. My buddy was brilliant for showing me basics like how to use the photocopier and showing me where everything in the department is located, while my manager is happy to answer any queries I have about the work she gives me. She usually elaborates so I fully understand the concept, it’s really the best way to learn.
My specific internship is within Advisory, and I will rotate through the three sections within the line of service, spending some time in Corporate Finance, Corporate Recovery and Insolvency and Transaction Services. I think this is an amazing opportunity to get a taste and understanding of a wide breadth of jobs and roles within PwC. An added benefit is that I won’t spend the entire eight weeks on the same job, so there’ll be little chance of getting bored. Each day will bring its own new challenges and tasks!
PwC have an amazing development programme for us interns, which sees us brought together every Friday to receive training in ‘soft’ skills like presentations and team work, and to complete a group project. It’s a great way to get to know interns in other lines of service, and I’m really thankful for it.
All in all, with the different development programmes, job rotation and real-life work experience PwC is giving me, I feel I’m going to learn as much this summer as I did in a full year of college – and it’ll be a lot of fun at the same time.
Until next time!