• Background South West

  • The Employer

    Are you frustrated by all the choices you face? Don’t you wish there was a way to compare all your options, or to have those key questions answered? Well, we’ve done it for you. We’ve put together a team of experts from your area to give you an insight into what kind of experiences, benefits and future they can offer you. We’ve asked the same questions to each expert, to help you decide on the right choice for you.



    Tell us an exciting success story from one of your past or present recruits.
    The PwC Flying Start degree programme gives students a flying start towards becoming an ICAEW Chartered Accountant, offering a traditional university experience as a full-time student, alongside paid work placements within our Assurance practice. Jennifer, one of the first students to join the programme, used her Flying Start to set her apart from her peers, which allowed her to progress in her career much more quickly. In 2014, just 8 years after graduating and aged just 29, she was promoted to director, a role which allows her to move around, working across different sectors and business areas.

     

    What should and shouldn’t I do when preparing for an interview with you?
    Your interview is an opportunity to demonstrate your passion and enthusiasm for our business. We recommend you start to prepare for your interviews well in advance. We’d encourage you develop your commercial awareness by taking an interest in the world of business and consider your own point of view on what you read. Try not to learn a ‘script’ for your prepared examples – it’s important you listen carefully to the questions and respond directly to them rather than reciting content you’ve rehearsed. Visit our interview e-learn tool to fully prepare yourself and do some practice! pwc.com/uk/careers/elearn

     

    What’s your advice for successful applicants who are about to start their first day?
    Our pre-joining teams do a great job of providing you with all the key information before you join to help you feel confident and comfortable on your first day. Our key advice before you start would be to get a good night’s sleep and remember that everyone else is likely to feel nervous too, so it’s our job to support and welcome you. Come to your induction with an open mind, an appetite to learn, and be as pro-active as possible – this is the start of building your new business network and your first step in building a great career.

     

    What’s the first thing you look for on a CV or job application form?
    You’ll need good academics but it doesn’t matter what or where you’ve studied, we welcome all subjects. The recruitment process is your opportunity to show us you have the core attributes we’re looking for. We’ll want you to provide examples of how you’ve demonstrated The PwC Professional Attributes through a combination of your academic studies, extra-curricular activities, hobbies, work experience, or any part-time or full-time jobs you may have held.

    You can read more about the skills we look for, how they’re assessed in the recruitment process and access loads of free tools and advice to help you prepare on our website: pwc.com/uk/careers/employability

    The University

    Are you frustrated by all the choices you face? Don’t you wish there was a way to compare all your options, or to have those key questions answered? Well, we’ve done it for you. We’ve put together a team of experts from your area to give you an insight into what kind of experiences, benefits and future they can offer you. We’ve asked the same questions to each expert, to help you decide on the right choice for you.



    Tell us an exciting success story from one of your past or present recruits


    Widening Access to Medical School is run by our current student body, supported by Nicky Danks, a member of our admissions staff. It aims to provide support and guidance to students who may not otherwise receive help.

    One of our current students, Katie Kelleher, says “I have found the whole WAMS mentoring experience extremely beneficial. My sixth form were only able to offer me limited guidance on a medical school application; it was reassuring to have help from WAMS.”

    We also offer help with UCAS applications and advice on getting your funding in place before you start. Just call 020 133 4200 and we’ll make sure you get to speak to the right person.

     

    What should and shouldn’t I do when preparing for an interview with you?
    You wouldn’t do an exam without revising for it so don’t attend your interview without preparing for it! Most medical schools have information on their website (e.g.,http://medhealth.leeds.ac.uk/info/202/applying_for_the_mbchb/80/how_to_apply).

    We use an eight station multiple mini interview (MMI). There are no trick questions; it is designed to gain further insight into the applicant’s skills and personal qualities. Most stations involve discussion with the examiner or interaction with an actor. The skills being assessed include ethical reasoning, self-evaluation, communication skills and problem solving. Candidates can also prepare by reading current health articles and by looking through their personal statement as they will be asked about it.

     

    What’s your advice for successful applicants who are about to start their first day?
    Remember to complete any preparatory paperwork that is sent to you for registration. Pack things that you need; many universities send out detailed information about the course and what you will need to bring. Come ready to enjoy yourself, make new friends and embark on your chosen career. Don’t forget to let your loved ones know how you are getting on after your first day; they are nervous and excited too!

     

    What are so-called ‘soft subjects’ and could they harm my chance of entry to your university?
    Our entry criteria can be found on our website and states that we require Chemistry plus two other subjects at A Level (or equivalent). We do not take into account General Studies or Critical Thinking, but we have a wide range of other subjects offered to us and this adds to the diversity of our student body.

    The Training Provider

    Are you frustrated by all the choices you face? Don’t you wish there was a way to compare all your options, or to have those key questions answered? Well, we’ve done it for you. We’ve put together a team of experts from your area to give you an insight into what kind of experiences, benefits and future they can offer you. We’ve asked the same questions to each expert, to help you decide on the right choice for you.



    Tell us an exciting success story from one of your past or present recruits.

    Dan Snook is probably one of our keenest new recruits, as he first put his name down for our renowned Superyacht Cadetship when he was just 15! Dan started Sea Cadets at the age of 12 and was clearly perfect for a life at sea. He was selected for the Sea Cadets yacht racing squad and ended up teaching sailing, which is where he first heard about UKSA. His Cadetship has been funded by Trinity House as he couldn’t afford the training otherwise. He is now getting ready to work on superyachts and is enjoying his first sea passages on the UKSA yachts.

     What should and shouldn’t I do when preparing for an interview with you?

    For any interview the rules are pretty much the same, whether you’re trying to get on to a course or looking for a job. As UKSA is a youth charity we really look after our young people. We mentor them, give them important interview skills and help them produce an impressive CV. Prepare as much as you can so it really looks like you want it – you’ve got to impress and stand out from the rest! Your appearance says a lot so invest in some smart clothes, but also conduct yourself in the right manner. Be engaging and have the right positive attitude and enthusiasm.

    What’s your advice for successful applicants who are about to start their first day?

    Research beforehand so you know the terminology and course content, which will give you a head start. We do understand everyone has a different level of prior knowledge, but if you have a genuine interest you’ll want to soak it all in and learn as much as you can. All our instructors are experts in their field so feel free to ask questions and seek more clarification if there’s something you’re not sure about. The golden rules are, as in life, to have a good attitude, be professional and enjoy the opportunity.

    It’s easy to get lost when looking for vacancies! Where do I find out more about your courses?

    Go to our comprehensive website www.uksa.org or phone 01983 203038 to speak to our knowledgeable course advisors for more information. We also have open days every month so you could always come and see us for yourselves. Good luck!

    The College

    Are you frustrated by all the choices you face? Don’t you wish there was a way to compare all your options, or to have those key questions answered? Well, we’ve done it for you. We’ve put together a team of experts from your area to give you an insight into what kind of experiences, benefits and future they can offer you. We’ve asked the same questions to each expert, to help you decide on the right choice for you.



    Is it too late in the academic year to start thinking about career paths and options?
    It is absolutely never too late to start thinking about your career path. It is a very big decision, and important that you research all of the options available so you choose the right course for your future. During this time of year I would certainly recommend attending as many open days as possible, so you can get a feel for what life in college is really like. We are holding an open day on Saturday 10 May, from 10am – 2pm, and will be giving out impartial information, advice, and guidance, as well as the chance to have a look around our newly developed college centres.

     

    What is it that appeals to your applicants and makes you unique?
    The college is an incredibly positive place to be, and there is always something going on – from student bands and DJs playing live in the café – to Apprenticeship jobs fairs in our main hall. The college is successful and our learners achieve well. We care passionately that our learners get the skills they need to succeed in employment or at university, and that they use what they learn with us to take them as far they can possibly go!

     

    What can successful candidates expect in their first month with you?
    We know that coming to college can be daunting, so we have a permanent Enrichment Team on site, whose sole purpose is to support you outside of the classroom. We run activities like computer gaming, sports, and dance classes, as well as regular mentoring sessions to help you make the most of your time in the college. In your first month, we want you to feel as much a part of the family as possible, so whilst your tutors introduce you to the courses, the Enrichment Team will introduce you to life as a college student.

     

    Sell yourself in one paragraph
    We focus on success both in the classroom and outside of it. Our Ofsted results show the effectiveness of our teaching, and the relaxed and positive atmosphere proves the success of our supportive system. We offer our students a professional teaching environment, with state-of-the-art facilities and dedicated support to ensure our learners get as much out of their college experience as possible.