What can you do?!

#1

Hi guys been a while since I last posted,

Since then I have finished my last exams and graduated with a first class honours from Glasgow Caledonian, I’ve also worked my way into the finance office of the company I work for to gain experience.
Unfortunately I was unsuccessful in all the applications I made for 2009 training positions, got to a few interviews and even a few final stages, however I’ve not been successful and no one has given me any feedback to explain why, all I’ve ever got was “you were a good candidate”…but nothing negative that I could say ‘that was why’.

I applied to PwC Edinburgh after I got my result as it was showing some spaces left, I passed the online tests and was invited to interview. I felt the interview went well, I actually enjoyed it but I just got the email 4 days later saying I was unsuccessful.

My Q is…what can I actually do to get a training contract?! I’ve went and got a first and some experience, no idea what I need to do now?!

Thanks for any help guys, feeling a bit emo right now!

#2

Not that much else you can do just need to keep trying - most other people are in the same boat as you aswell

Try to get some more work experience so you have more things to talk about and competency examples

#3

Hi Chris,

First, don’t get too discouraged. I lost count of the number of rejections I had, alot of them after getting to final stages too but it came good in the end, and I will be starting on a finance grad scheme at a retail bank in september doing ICAEW.

Have you got any feedback from PwC yet? As the guy I was dealing with at PwC was a great help in preparing and giving me valuable detailed feedback both after being successful at the assessment centre/first interview and after being rejected at the partner interview.

Have you also applied to the second-tier firms (BDO, GT etc.)?? Also have you thought of applying for roles in industry? I started off applying to big 4 (as that is the done thing for accounting grads, right?), but came to the conclusion that actually I would rather work in a commercial role, not external audit. There are also many great finance schemes in large companies in all different industries, a lot do CIMA, but there are many others that also do ICAEW, ICAS, ACCA. Quite a few do their recruiting over the summer for sep/oct start too.

Keep applying and going through the motions, as practice makes perfect! (honestly, it does)

hope that helps, Ucayman.

Edit -
and as hunter says… try and come up with some more examples for answering the competency questions.