Hannah Wolahan, senior associate, PwC.
Hannah, senior associate, PwC Ireland. Image: Connor McKenna

How do you choose the right graduate programme for you?

28 Sep 2017

Hannah chose PwC’s graduate programme. Here, she tells us why.

With plenty of top companies vying for graduates’ attention, and hundreds of graduates making sure their CV shows off their best selves, everyone’s trying to ensure they stand out.

From recruiters who know what they want, to candidates aiming to be the perfect fit, it’s important to remember what makes a particular graduate programme so good.

Hannah, a graduate at PwC, says it’s all about the training. “For me, I think it’s important that your employer realises the value of training and development.”

Much like interns, graduates are usually eager to learn and use the education they’ve earned so far in life.

But a lot of them won’t necessarily have had a wealth of work experience, at least not related to the full-time work they hope to do when they leave education.

That’s why choosing the right graduate programme is so important – one that nurtures your abilities while strengthening your skills will best prepare you for the rest of your career.

Equally, it’s important to know that a company you are applying to work with will give you the necessary responsibilities to challenge you and help you grow.

When choosing a graduate programme, it’s important to think about what you want. As Hannah came from a computer science background, she wanted to combine business and technology in her career.

“I learned that there was a technology consulting team here in PwC, and it was basically through other people who had started the graduate programme here, and the feedback was all positive,” she said.

She added: “I received both core consultancy training and technology-specific training.”

The training graduates are offered on these programmes is invaluable to their career, whether they stay with that company or go elsewhere.

Hannah said the coaching and development she received at PwC has helped steer her career in the right direction. “You really get to realise where your strengths and weaknesses are.”

Jenny Darmody
By Jenny Darmody

Jenny Darmody became the editor of Silicon Republic in 2023, having worked as the deputy editor since February 2020. When she’s not writing about the science and tech industry, she’s writing short stories and attempting novels. She continuously buys more books than she can read in a lifetime and pretty stationery is her kryptonite. She also believes seagulls to be the root of all evil and her baking is the stuff of legends.

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