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My ACA experience: George

George started his ACA journey after completing an internship at the end of his second year at university. George now enjoys the busy but rewarding life of an ACA student which has also seen him travel internationally as part of his role.

George Eaton

George Eaton Senior Associate, PwC

ICAEW route: Graduate

Industry: Various, Audit and assurance

Location: UK

George's story...

When I was in my second year at university I realised I needed some experience outside of education so decided to apply for a summer internship at PwC and was successful.

After the internship I had a final interview with a partner at the firm and gained a permanent position to work and study for the ACA.

The ACA is a great thing to do! When I was looking at my career options towards the end of university I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, but doing the ACA was the right decision as it will open so many doors.

Life at PwC and as an ACA student is busy but rewarding, there is a lot of work and studying but the social side is great. There are ICAEW events such as black-tie balls as well as many other socials, there is also informal college and friendship groups which are formed at college and at work.

There isn’t a typical working day at PwC. There are many different things that impact what I am doing. Work and meetings vary day to day, and all of my clients pose different challenges each time.

Travelling has always been a goal of mine and while working with PwC I have been able to visit Sri Lanka and Cyprus as part of my job which was a great experience.

Before entering the profession I honestly thought accountancy would be boring! But I spoke to others who were working at PwC and other firms.

I realised it wasn’t just calculators and spreadsheets, but a whole host of challenges and different skills that are transferable later on.

Alongside the technical skills that I have developed studying for the ACA, I have learned leadership, coaching and ownership. This has helped me excel in the business.

In the next five years I hope to have moved on to a different sector in PwC to experience what other service lines there are and then potentially go into industry to see the job from a client’s perspective.

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