Tax & Legal Graduate Simone: “My team at PwC advise Danish and international clients on company law, M&A, contract law, employment law, and GDPR”

04/02/2022 Graduateships Min.

About Simone

Education

2014-2017: Copenhagen University, BSc Law Studies
2017-2020: Copenhagen University, MSc Law Studies

 

Experience

2015-2018: Student Assistant, Chas.Hude
2018-2020: Student Assistant, Dansk Industri
2020-2021: Legal Consultant, Visma
2021-Now: Associate Graduate, PwC Legal

How it all started

I began studying law back in 2014 at the University of Copenhagen. I never dreamt of becoming a lawyer while growing up, yet, certain aspects of the law had always interested me – particularly the importance it has to have a well-functioning society. 

 

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I had student jobs for almost the entire duration of my studies, working in different student assistant roles. Getting practical experience alongside the theoretical studies was a great way for me to see how the law is applied in practice.

Today I am an associate as part of PwC Legal in Copenhagen. We are a team of around 20 people who advise Danish and international clients on company law, M&A, contract law, employment law, and GDPR. 

 

I sit in the Employment Law team, and truly enjoy my role and the variability that comes with it. Six months in, and not two days have been the same. 

 
How did you end up in the PwC Graduate Programme, and when and where did you first hear about it?

I remember seeing the role on LinkedIn, and it immediately caught my interest. I knew PwC pretty well, but wasn’t aware of their Tax & Legal graduate programme. It ended up being the only company I applied for and the rest is history.

What attracted you to PwC?

I knew PwC had an excellent reputation and what kind of services they provide. So on the surface, I had a good idea of what PwC was. 

Once I started digging a bit deeper, one of the things I discovered was how aligned my values were with PwC’s values. Particularly around honesty, trust, integrity, and doing things the right way. These values are crucial to me.

 
Why did you want to join a graduate programme?

I’m quite a social creature, and I enjoy being around other people. I, therefore, liked the thought of joining a graduate programme where you kick-start your career with other young professionals. It has been great to build my network with like-minded people, who are ambitious, but also know how to have fun and do things outside of work.

 

Another aspect that was important to me is personal development. As a graduate, I have had a dedicated mentor along the way and introductory courses, which has been very beneficial.

I had some reservations prior to joining as the consultants can sometimes be portrayed as these hypercompetitive individuals, but nothing could be further from the truth at PwC.
Simone, PwC Legal Graduate

What has surprised you the most about working at PwC?

This is a cliché, but it really is how nice and helpful people are. I had some reservations prior to joining as the consultants can sometimes be portrayed as these hypercompetitive individuals, but nothing could be further from the truth at PwC.

 

Biggest challenge as a graduate so far?

For me, it has been learning how to prioritise projects. 

It has been essential to learn how to set limits in terms of work and ensure I also get to do things outside of work. This particular topic was addressed as part of the graduate programme during a recent event on work-life balance.

 

Advice to other applicants?

This may seem like stating the obvious, but focus on your skills! At the end of the day, that is a big part of why you are hired.

In addition, I think personality is very important. You need to show us who you are – we are not looking for robots, but someone who can add to our culture.

 

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