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We’re looking for graduates, interns and industrial placement students who bring a fresh perspective and want to build a positive human future in a technology-driven world. We also welcome those at school looking for work experience

Graduates

We hire graduates with up to two years’ experience directly into business area. We believe it’s best to build your skills and experience in a real role from day one; giving you diverse grounding in preparation from your future as a consultant.  

Industrial placements

A number of our services and sectors offer 12-month placements for students requiring a year in industry as part of your degree. Complete the year successfully and expect to be fast-tracked through our graduate recruitment process. 

Internships

If you’re a penultimate-year undergraduate (or finalist planning a Masters), you can spend 8-10 weeks gaining valuable work experience and insights into life at PA. Impress us over the internship and this could be your first step towards a graduate career with PA.  

MEET OUR PEOPLE

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Alex Jundi

Analyst from Insight and Strategy, London

Alex Jundi

Analyst from Insight and Strategy, London

I’ve been working full-time at PA for just over 10 months since joining as a Graduate Analyst, but I also completed a Summer Internship whilst at University. The diverse nature of the work is great – it’s like starting a new job every time I’m on a new project! I work in a fast-paced team, developing and implementing transformational and innovative strategies. The projects are all extremely diverse, no two projects are the same and I get great exposure to several industries. My career highlight so far has been participating in a design sprint on my first client project - a week-long workshop where we went from idea to prototype, and even tested it out with potential customers. It was amazing to see how much we achieved in a week of work, and it was extremely rewarding to see how happy the client was at the end. At PA, I get to work with intelligent people who I can learn from every day, they always take the time to teach and develop those at more junior ranks, which is invaluable.

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Holly Palmer

Analyst in Product Design & Engineering, Cambridge

Holly Palmer

Analyst in Product Design & Engineering, Cambridge

I started at PA as an intern and have now been an Analyst for 9 months. I work in product development and been involved in the initial stages of researching trends and insights, participating in ideation workshops with clients, through to product development. I love working with a truly energised team on exciting projects and have been fortunate enough to get to travel to Chicago and Dallas for consumer testing. At PA, you have the opportunity to explore a wide range and variety of projects across many sectors.  You can allow your career path to develop wherever you want - and to explore areas and paths you never even knew existed!

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Aishah Bailey

Industrial Placement in Digital, London

Aishah Bailey

Industrial Placement in Digital, London

I’m currently on a year-long industrial placement at PA but fingers crossed, I’ll come back as an Analyst. I work in our Digital team and my focus is on user testing and user journeys, as well as designing wireframes and digital interactive prototypes. A few weeks after starting at PA I was placed in a bid for new work and had the chance to present to a client– I couldn’t believe I’d been given this opportunity so early on.

What to expect

  • The first stage is to apply online by uploading your CV and cover letter. As part of our application process in the UK you will be asked to answer three video questions. 

  • Impress us with your application and we’ll ask you to complete online assessments.

    • We ask applicants to our Denmark office to watch a three-minute video relating to a challenge that we have set for you. 
    • For those applying to our UK and Netherlands offices, we’ll ask you to complete a couple of online assessments that test verbal, numerical reasoning and your problem solving capability.
  • First-round interviews last around 30 minutes. We want to understand your reasons for applying to PA and your chosen business area. We’ll ask you about specific areas of interest from your CV and we’ll invite you to discuss how your experiences have shaped your skills. 

  • The next stage will test your general business acumen and potential consulting skills. You won’t need to prepare anything in advance – we’ll provide all the materials and give you time to prepare on the day. The content of the interview varies by business area. However, most assessment days include a:

    • competency-based interview
    • case study
    • group exercise.

    For our Industrial Placement and Summer Intern applicants, this is the final stage in the recruitment process.

  • The final stage of the process will see you interviewed by a Partner or senior manager from the service or sector you’ve applied to, in person or over the phone, for up to one hour. It’s your chance to ask any remaining questions, as we make a final assessment of your suitability for the role.

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