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I quickly discovered that it was the people and culture that really made PwC such an attractive place to work. This is why I applied for the Graduate programme straight after my Summer Internship placement.

Like the majority of University students, I was halfway through my degree and was at somewhat of a crossroad with what I wanted to do once I graduated. After researching a number of graduate schemes I found that the PwC programme was ranked among the most desirable and competitive internationally. The opportunity to associate myself with such a well-recognised and respected brand was the main reason I applied for an internship. However, I quickly discovered that it was the people and culture that really made PwC such an attractive place to work. This is why I applied for the Graduate programme straight after my Summer Internship placement.

What PwC offers is the opportunity to learn from a very knowledgeable, experienced and diverse team of people. The inclusive culture brings together people with a wide range of experiences, backgrounds and beliefs. It’s interesting to learn through these different perspectives and then leverage these insights to help you learn and tackle new obstacles when they appear.

Working with the Private Business team in Auckland involves helping people overcome a variety of complex and interesting problems, while also developing and building important relationships with both colleagues and clients.

Also flexible working is great. This relatively new initiative accommodates my other passions outside of the office, including my love for football, travelling or simply a cheeky afternoon gym session. However, what I really enjoy is that I can alter my work schedule so I can spend more quality time with my family. This is made even easier by being able to work from any of the PwC offices in New Zealand, even my home town of Hawke’s Bay.

Everyone is really invested in helping you succeed and achieve your personal ambitions. The Private Business team in particular is a close group of hard-working and talented people that always put real emphasis on allowing you to ‘bring your whole self to work’. Furthermore I think that all the individual PwC offices have their own unique characteristics, which in itself offers people with a variety of lifestyle options.

The best advice I can give to any Summer Intern or potential Grad is to ingrain yourself in the culture of wherever you are. While trying to impress is natural, I think it’s more important to show that you’re a good fit within the firm culture and team environment. Take risks, get involved, be brave and never be afraid to ask questions and also just make the PwC experience your own!