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#GradStories Helen Cartwright, Senior Tax Associate, PwC

#GradStories Helen Cartwright, Senior Tax Associate, PwC

What is your name, job title and employer?

My name is Helen Cartwright, I'm a tax consultant in PwC.

What are the main tasks you do in your job in a normal week?

I work in the people and organisation department within the tax practice. Typically, we mostly provide global mobility services, immigration services, social security services, helping companies put reward strategies and policies in place; for example, share schemes. Recently I am on client’s secondment now for the last couple of months. That lasts about six months, so I'm seconded to an employment tax team of a large multinational company so my day-to-day work at the moment is a little bit different.

What skills do you need to be successful in your role?

The most important skill would be strong communication skills. It's very important to have good communication skills to get your point across and to communicate with your clients as well through the different mediums. I'd also say it's very important to be interested in working with numbers and have strong analytical problem-solving skills.

What do you love about your job?

The most enjoyable thing for me working in PwC is the mentoring culture that's there. It's a training firm and I really enjoy working with the younger grades and teaching them things and training them up. I really enjoyed that there are a lot of opportunities for progression. If you expressed an interest in getting involved in a particular type of work, they'll do their best to arrange that for you so that is a really enjoyable part of the job as well.

What did you do as a student that has helped you most in your career?

I suppose my background is a little bit different. I qualified as a primary school teacher and I taught for two years which I really enjoyed but I was always really interested in maths and business and those subjects in college which I suppose made me want to try something in that field.

What was your career break?

I stumbled across the graduate program in PwC one day and it struck a chord with me because I didn't actually need a background in tax at all. I started in 2015 with about fifty to sixty other individuals in my intake coming from a range of backgrounds. There were a few people that had no tax experience like me, but most people probably came from a business background. The tax qualification gives you a broad range of opportunities and once you have the qualification you can travel anywhere with it.