PwC for PSC – Interview with Student Recruitment Officer for Scotland in PwC

Monday 16 February 2015

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Claire Burhouse, PwC Student Recruitment Officer in Scotland, gave a short interview for Professional Skills Curriculum Employers’ Blog.

Claire, could you introduce yourself and say a few words about your role in PwC?

I’m a part of the Student Recruitment Team, and my job is to manage the recruitment of undergraduates and graduates in to our offices in Scotland. I’ve been at PwC for 12 years, first as an employee in Tax and now in Student Recruitment. I’m based in our office in Edinburgh, but we also have offices in Glasgow and Aberdeen.

Why did you decide to come to the University of St Andrews to do a ‘PwC café takeover’ event?

The University of St Andrews is one of our target Universities in Scotland. It’s one of the best Universities in Scotland, and we welcome applications from its bright students. Many students who attend the University will look to work in our offices in Scotland, as well as in the rest of the United Kingdom.

What do you think of the idea of Professional Skills Curriculum?

First and foremost, it’s a really good example of extra-curricular activity. If you’re part of the programme, you’re able to demonstrate your skills to a potential employer.

Secondly, having knowledge about professional skills is very important for undergraduates and graduates searching for jobs. It will help you complete the application form and also, skills you gained during the programme will give you some confidence during the application process itself. It will help you feel confident when attending an interview, or assessment day.

What professional skill do graduates and interns often lack when they start working?

When a student joins the business, they have met the benchmarks required to do their job as they have been successful in the recruitment process. The selection process at PwC is designed to equip the students with the skills to start a career.

The students will all have to adjust to being in a professional environment and getting into a routine. I would say that early starts are always challenging!



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