Office Hours: Tips For Hatching Your Accounting Or Consulting Career With PwC

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Wednesday, August 21, 2012 was an egg-citing day at TalentEgg – we hosted Office Hours with PwC! Office Hours is an hour-long live chat with representatives from top employers for TalentEgg Members only.

This week, students and recent grads were invited to connect with James, Laura and Fahad, representatives from PwC, to learn more about accounting and consulting careers, get advice on acing the application and interview process, receive networking tips, and more.

If you missed the live event, you can read the complete transcript below:

(TalentEgg Tip: Don’t miss another Office Hours event! Become a TalentEgg Member and receive email invites – it’s free!)

TalentEgg Taryn:
Welcome to Office Hours, TalentEgg-ers! My name is Taryn and I’ll be moderating today’s chat. Our eggs-pert guests today are James, Laura and Fahad from PwC! Over the next hour, you can send them your questions about careers in accounting and consulting, working at PwC and tips for successfully navigating the recruitment process! You can start submitting your questions now.

TalentEgg Taryn:
James, Laura and Fahad, could you tell the audience a bit about yourselves?

Laura:
Hello! My name is Laura and I am thrilled to introduce myself as the new GTA Talent Acquisition Manager. I began my career with PwC in 2008 after graduating from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce. I successfully achieved my CA designation in 2011.

In more than three years at the firm, I’ve worked with a wide variety of clients that provided me with different experiences and opportunities; from a large Entertainment & Media company, to a small Not-For-Profit client. This non-specialization gave me exposure to many different industries and has allowed me to select a focus that I am truly passionate about: early stage/emerging technology companies. Working with both publicly traded and privately listed clients, my primary focus is to help companies at all stages of growth and in various industries by leveraging my experiences in start-up and high-growth environments.

I also spend 50% of my time in Campus Recruitment, finding our next top talent!

James:
Hey, I lead our national campus team and so I’m responsible for all of our x line of service campus recruiting, including our campaign etc.

Fahad:
Hello everyone! My name is Fahad Meer and I am an Experienced Associate working out of the Toronto office in the Audit and Assurance Group! I took part in the summer internship program at PwC in 2010 and it was an amazing time! I then graduated from McMaster in 2011 and have not looked back since!

Comment From Ramanjeet
Fahad, can you describe how a day in your co-op term at PwC was in comparison to a day in your current position? How do you find the learning process now? Is everyday a new challenge that results in more learning or are there similar challenges on a daily basis?

Fahad:
Hello Ramanjeet! Great question! My internship was absolutely fantastic. Because it was in the Audit and Assurance Group (AAG), similar to what I am in now, there are a lot of transferable skills and knowledge that I can use. I find that as an Exp. Associate (EA), I have more responsibility and it is obviously more challenging, but the support system is exactly the same! Everyone expects me to ask tons of questions, similar to when I was a summer student, so I really love that aspect of PwC. You will always be learning no matter what position you hold at the firm!

Comment From Jorge Vasquez
I was wondering what type of interview is used when one applies to PwC consulting? Is it a case interview?

James:
For Consulting:

We’ll be operating the following interview process:

1st stage telephone interview with a Manager. If successful, you’ll then move to an assessment centre where you’ll have a partner interview, an assessed group case exercise and a written assessment.

Comment From Lucy
Hi James, Laura, and Fahad, thanks for taking our questions this afternoon! When you’re reviewing applications, how much emphasis is placed between academic grades, work experience, and extra-curricular activities?

Laura:
Hi Lucy! We really look for well rounded candidates that balance all three. We value teamwork, leadership and communication skills.

Comment From Anne Marie
I’m a first year university student. How early should students start connecting with your company? Are there opportunities for 1st yr students? Thanks!

Fahad:
Hello Anne! The earlier the better! When I went through the recruiting process, I actually started going out to networking events in first year and I cannot begin to describe how much impact that will have in putting your name out there and gaining experience related to the recruiting process! There are many opportunities out there for 1st year students: on campus networking/recruiting events, case competitions held by your university and/or other universities, taking part in clubs that are sponsored by accounting firms!

Anne, you being here today already shows you are well on your way and this will definitely help you stand out from the competition!

Comment From Jessie Yang
Hello James, PwC has different lines of service, such as auditing and assurance, tax, consulting, etc. Which lines of business are open to summer internship? Are there any specific requirements for each line of service?

James:
Hi Jessie, different cities offer different entry points. We tend to offer summer positions in audit across the country and some of our centres also offer tax summer roles. Our vacancies go live September 1st and if you search the website you’ll see a full range of opportunities.

Comment From Munish Mehta
Hey Guys I’m a Student at Western University and my first question is: How I can better prepare myself to become an excellent candidate for an internship position at PwC next summer and how can I remain connected with PwC throughout the year?

Laura:
Hi Munish! I think first and foremost, connecting with us in ways such as this is a huge plus. You can go to our website and look through our personal brand week material, which will help you define and grow your personal brand to help land your dream job. Connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn, and start a conversation. I would also make sure to attend the on campus events! We’ll be at Western on September 6th – come and introduce yourself and let us know your passions and interests! Don’t stop the conversation there, keep in touch throughout the year via email, or ask to come in for an office visit!

Comment From Guest
Hi Laura, what would you say are the top 3 qualities you look for in a potential new hire

Fahad:
Hello guest, I can take that one from her! The three qualities we look for in an individual are confidence, willingness to learn and some sort of teamwork/leadership qualities! (Great idea to include these 3 qualities somehow in your resume/cover letter)

Comment From Amy Zhang
If I have interest in more than one group at PwC, am I encouraged to apply to more than one new graduate job?

James:
Hi Amy, good question. Our recruitment system will only let you apply to 1 area of our business, although you can apply to 3 cities in the same line.

Really, given our roles are so different, we expect you to know which area of our business you want to work in. Research is therefore key, attend our events, career fairs and review our website and brochure, so that you know where you want to work. Once you’ve qualified, our opportunities open up within the firm.

Comment From Janice Qin
Hello! My name is Janice Qin; I am a recent graduate from McGill University. I am currently working for a NON-CATO firm in Alberta and I completed CASB module 1 this July. I am planning to go through the fall recruitment in Calgary and I have a question for James. In your interview with TalentEgg “Behind the Scene with a PwC recruiter”, you mentioned that you tend to be impressed by candidates with insightful questions at the end of the interview. So what kind of questions do you consider insightful? For example, technical questions?

James:
Hi Janice! Great question. For me, you need to ensure you don’t fall into the trap of asking me why I like working at PwC – virtually everyone asks us this. Whilst it’s a valid question, it doesn’t differentiate you. We’re not looking for technical questions but insightful ones, so you may ask about our views on recent topical issues, changes to the accounting industry or professional qualification merger talks etc – something that makes you stand out from the crowd.

Fahad:
Keep the questions coming guys! Amazing stuff! Don’t forget to meet our bloggers and read their blogs online! There are some great interview/networking/recruiting tips and tricks that can be found there!

Comment From Katie Chu
Thanks for taking the time to chat with us. I know that PwC has an excellent UFE preparation program for CA students – what type of additional training and support does PwC provide to employees after the UFE?

Laura:
Hi Katie!

We do something called “milestone” training every year (after you’ve been promoted), to help prepare you for the coming year. It’s generally 1-2 weeks with your colleagues and teaches you the soft skills and technical skills you need to succeed. There are also additional online training courses that are at your discretion – so if you want to learn more about a certain industry or technical issue, you can do eLearns at your discretion. We also engage in what we call “Enhanced Working Practices” … team based supportive learning where we engage in workshops, groups discussions and job shadowing on the job to help enhance your knowledge and confidence!

Comment From Jorge Vasquez
Thanks so much James! I am currently the president of the consulting club at Simon Fraser University, and I am very interested in PwC consulting. Can you please tell me a little bit more about the written assessment?

James:
For sure Jorge. We’re keen to assess your written skills, so you’ll be presented with a scenario and have to write a letter based on it. We’ll assess spelling, grammar, presentation and the structure of your narrative.

Written skills are key to this role as you’ll be interacting with clients and so we want to assess them further than just on your resume and cover letter. For further information, check out our Personal Brand page and the section ‘ you are what you write’.

Comment From Fairuz Hoque
Hi Laura, James, and Fahad. I wanted to thank you guys for taking the time to answer these questions. I’m just entering my second year and just very recently discovered my interest for an accounting career, so I did not network as much as I should have. Is there any advice you could offer to a student like myself with accounting season coming up?

Laura:
Fairuz – I didn’t engage in campus recruitment until my 4th year! But I was passionate and engaged, and built relationships with the firm reps at the time. Don’t worry….Fahad has some great tips for you too…

Fahad:
Hello Fairuz! Excellent question. There are many things that you can do before recruiting season begins to stand out from the competition. I actually wrote a blog post about this that you can read in the following link. I would definitely try connecting with anyone you know working in the firm, even if it is a summer student, to try to get your name out there. Just remember, you are not at a disadvantage if you have no networking experience. Many students don’t. Just remember to remain confident and be yourself at the networking sessions and you will be just fine!

Comment From Andy
Fahad, can you describe some useful networking skills? I am in my third year and I just began networking more intensely. What are some things I can do after initially meeting them at networking events or meeting a staff accountant face-to-face?

Fahad:
Hello Andy, great question. Networking definitely does not end after a networking event. Some great networking tips and tricks are to follow-up with the rep after you meet him/her in person. Don’t hesitate to ask the rep out for coffee or even request an office tour. Networking is about tearing down the wall between you and the rep and you should always try to find ways to build and strengthen that connection. An exchange of business cards at the end of the conversation simply will not be enough. Invest in the newly formed relationship!

Fahad:
Check out this blog post in regards to networking. I share everything and anything you need to know about “how to network successfully”.

Comment From Guest
Hi James. What qualities are you looking in students other than strong academic performance? Do you hire second year students for summer internship?

James:
Hi ‘Guest’! Academics are important to us but we also look for resumes to talk to strong soft skills, perhaps gained via work experience (customer service experience is great for this), team work via sports teams or clubs and societies or engagement via cultural and religious groups. What’s important is that we strike the right balance between ‘the smarts’ and the soft skills.

Who we hire for summer positions varies by city and location, many of our summer programs will consider 2nd years. My advice is to engage early. If you’re not successful at least you’ve experienced our process and can reflect on what you’ll need to do better at next year!

Comment From Basma Anwar
Hi PwC Team! Thanks for the convenient opportunity to connect! My name is Basma Anwar and I’m going into 3rd year of Accounting at UTM. I’ve had the pleasure to meet Fahad before but not Laura and James. My greatest concern is the interview process. I’ve heard it is all about practising but what else would you suggest to calm nerves? Also, how do you suggest one make an impression on someone they’ve already met a few times? Thanks!

Laura:
Hi Basma!

It’s great to meet you virtually! I would say that the biggest thing you can do is to consider the things you are most proud of and that you want to get across in your interview. You need to understand that if you are in an interview, it means we are really interested in you, and we want you to succeed! We want to hear about the things that set you apart so if you know what you want to say before you go into it, it will be easy to draw on those experiences at the time. Also, if you don’t understand what the interviewer is getting at, ask them to rephrase it! It’s our responsibility as interviewers to be clear, so if you need it reworded, don’t be afraid to ask. Also – if you need some time to gather your thoughts, that’s totally fine! Just let us know.

Comment From Josh
Hello PwC team, I have a quick question regarding the co-op program. I am going into my third year at UBC’s Sauder School of Business; however I am not currently my school’s accounting co-op. I am still very interested in taking time off school and working for a couple terms. Would I still be able to apply for a co-op position with PwC or would only summer internships be open to me? Thank you!

James: 

Hi Josh,
Your best option may be a summer placement with us which means you don’t have to take time off school. However if you do want a longer experience a number of our offices do run 8 month co-ops, for example Calgary Tax, who hire students from BC often. Talk to an academic advisor and then review our vacancies September 1st and apply!

Comment From Rob
Hey Fahad, in regards to the question you answered for Anne, networking events aren’t as prevalent and as frequent within smaller universities, so it is increasingly difficult to get your name out there. When should someone start connecting with PwC when networking events aren’t available? And what’s the best way to do so?

Fahad:
Hello Rob, FANTASTIC question. Myself, Laura, James and a lot of other members of the PwC Talent Acquisition team use social media heavily. You can easily connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and/or LinkedIn. Once you establish that connection with us, we are more than happy to take time off and go out for coffee to meet you further in person!

Check out our Facebook page here.

Comment From Katie Chu
My primary interest is PwC’s Audit and Assurance Group, but I am also curious about working in Tax and Consulting. How easy is it for employees to rotate between the three main areas of business?

James:
Hi Katie, once you’ve qualified you have the opportunity to move around the firm. However, up until that time, you’re aligned to one area of our business. It’s therefore key to do your research, talk to our people and know going into recruiting where you want to work.

Comment From Umer Jamal
Hi guys! Great to have you with us today. I wanted to know what distinguishes PWC from other big 4 accounting firms.

Fahad:
Hey Umer Jamal! Because I have never worked at any of the other Big 4 firms in Canada, what I can say that makes PwC stand out in my eyes are the people and the learning culture at the firm. I always say that auditing is the same across all firms but what makes one firm different from the other are the people. I have really enjoyed working with all my teams thus far and the amount I learn from them every day is phenomenal!

Laura:
Hi Umer! A big thing for me is non-specialization. We are the only firm where you do not need to select an industry prior to starting. That means you get experience working in many different industries over your first few years (which is a huge advantage on your UFE); you can try different industries, find what you like and don’t like and then start to specialize in an area that you are truly passionate about.

Annnnnd the people are pretty amazing here too.

James:
Hi Umar, for me it’s about our size. We’re the largest professional services firm in the world. For me, that has meant joining PwC in the UK, gaining some experience working in Singapore, before relocating to Canada – as the largest firm we have the greatest global reach. I work alongside other British people, Aussies, Americans, Indians, South Africans etc – we’re a really diverse firm based on our global reach.

Comment From Umer Farooqi
Hi all, firstly I wanted to thank the three of you for presenting us with an opportunity to ask questions. Secondly, Laura, I was wondering what is a good way to distinguish yourself through your resume? What do candidates that pass on to the interview process have in common on their resumes?

Laura:
Hi Umer – for your resume, focus on highlighting your strengths and the experiences you’ve received by using action words like “led”, “managed”, “executed”, etc… Show your teamwork and leadership abilities. The people we interview generally have very diverse and differing experiences (something we love to see here), but they are all able to clearly articulate in their resume how they display these traits. They are well rounded, academically strong and show a keen interest in extra-curriculars (volunteering, community, school, etc.).

Comment From Harpreet Marwah
Fahad, I am looking to pursue PwC for a potential summer internship position. I was wondering, what are the different types of industries that are open to summer students, and how much of a choice do students have to pick particular industries?

Fahad:
Hey Harpreet, I think Laura read your mind and answered your question before you even had a chance to ask it! Because PwC has the “non-specialization” program, you actually get to taste a wide variety of industries as a summer intern. Personally, I had clients in the energy, food processing and technology industries as a summer intern! That is what I love about the firm and that is why I chose it over any of the other firms because of the wide variety of industries you get to experience at PwC.

Comment From Umer Jamal
Hi James, I have a question for you how will the accounting designation merger impact future recruiting?

James:
Hi Umar, great question and something we’re asking ourselves right now. Your best source of info is the cpacanada.ca website. For ourselves, PwC is supportive of the merger and we think we offer: great training and development (with us accountants aren’t overheads but are our fee earners and they form the majority of our staff, this means we’re geared up to their learning and development); great client opportunities and a broad range of clients from banks, to oil firms to media companies and with our global reach great secondment opportunities. So from an opportunity perspective I’d argue you’re best off joining an accounting firm.

Comment From Ardavan Ganesh
Hi everyone. My name is Ardavan Ganesh and I’m in my final year of undergraduate studies at the Schulich School of Business. My question today is what have you found to be the most challenging aspect of your job so far. It would be interesting to hear from all the PwC experts with your personal perspectives from the different areas at the firm.

Fahad:
What I found to be most challenging, but by far the most rewarding, is dealing with client’s in diverse industries. So not only do I have to know how to account for transactions relating to NPO’s, but I also had to quickly learn how to account for construction contracts, when to recognize revenue (% of completion), etc. I had to do this all in my first year and boy it has been an amazing learning opportunity!

Laura:
For me, my most challenging has been learning to balance my audit work with my role in recruitment. I have learned a lot about time management and organization in the last 6 months, and still have a ways to go. I have really relied heavily on my coach (everyone is assigned a coach/mentor within the firm to act as a career counsellor and help guide you to success). My coach has been instrumental in helping me learn to time manage and projects.

Comment From Dilyaver
When do you start the recruitment process for the positions that commence next fall?

Fahad:
Hello Dilyaver, the recruitment process begins generally in September for all universities across Canada. So I would really suggest that you connect with your accounting association and get an exact date from them as to when we are going to be coming to your campus!

Comment From Alysha Murji
Hi James, I had a question regarding summer internships within consulting. Does PwC Consulting recruit as heavily in the summer, as within the Audit and Assurance Group, or are the numbers much more limited? Also, what qualities or characteristics do you look for that can truly make a candidate stand out in terms of the Consulting process as a whole? Thanks so much for taking out the time to answer our questions!

James:
Hi Alysha, we’re still looking at our summer student model for Consulting and how best to resource and support this group. Right now, for this fall, we are not planning on recruiting any directly into consulting. As far as what makes a candidate stand out, as with all of our areas of business we look for well rounded people, great academics and soft skills demonstrated via sports, societies, work experience etc. For consulting we’ll also be looking for that focus on this area of our business and knowledge of our program (the latter can be found on our website, under ‘what we do’).

Comment From Janice Qin
I have read Fahad’s blog posts on how to improve networking skills and they are very helpful :), I am currently working on my PwC application, could you please also provide some tips on the resume/cover letter?

Fahad:
Hey Janice! Thanks for reading my blogs 🙂 In regards to your application, what I have always told students is at minimum, to try to incorporate the following three key words in your resume/cover letter: leadership, teamwork, and excellence. So if you can try to revolve your application around those 3 words (which is in fact PwC’s 3 core values), you will be in good shape!

Comment From Michael (Xiguang) Wang
I have read PwC’s magazine. The concept ‘Teach not tell’ has been mentioned many times in the magazine. My question is “from your experience, why is ‘teach not tell’ so important to people working at PwC?” specifically, could you talk about how ‘teach not tell’ affects the new associates’ learning curve?

James:
Hi Michael, teach don’t tell forms the heart of our enhanced working practices, which helps all of our staff learn faster and deeper. Essentially, I could tell you the answer, but our thinking goes that if we help you realise the answer yourself, by asking questions, you’ll know what to do should the same situation arise again – it helps develop critical thinking and it’ll make you a better accountant!

Comment From Naveed Khalid
Hello PwC Reps! My question is open for the PwC panelists. I believe I have a fairly good understanding in regards to the Audit practice, but still unclear in regards to PwC Consulting. What type of consulting engagements will one have the opportunity to enter or rotate into? Is it strategy or operational/IT consulting. Moreover, is one able to fulfill their CA ‘breadth and depth’ requirements through consulting? Thank you, Naveed.

James:
Hi Naveed, firstly it’s important to understand this is not a CA entry point. We’re looking to develop management consultants, not accountants and so we don’t offer the CA here. You’ll rotate across a variety of business areas for 3-month periods including areas such as people and changes, operations, financial effectiveness, controls etc – across a variety of client engagements. At the same time, you’ll study our ‘core consulting skills’ program which will provide all the soft skills training you’ll need to launch your management consulting career. If a CA is your goal, I’d suggest you apply to AAG and upon qualification look to secure a role within our C&D group.

Comment From Kiran Chhina
Hello PwC Team. Many organizations look for someone who is a leader. What is your definition of a leader?

Fahad:
Great question Kiran! To me, there really is no set definition of a “leader” because a leader is someone who is very dynamic. A leader can quickly adapt to ever-changing circumstances and scenarios. A great leader is one that looks out for his/her team and has their interests ahead of his/her own personal interest.

Laura:
Hi Kiran – to me a leader is someone who able to inspire and influence others, in an authentic way. What I mean is, not everyone is a vocal leader. Some people lead by supporting and encouraging their team members. My favourite leadership philosophy is an essay called “The Servant Leader”. Essentially, by supporting and serving a greater cause, you influence those around you by your passion and drive.

Comment From Taariq Mahazudin
Fahad, how would you describe the work-life balance?

Fahad:
The work-life balance at PwC is pretty amazing. In my “campaign story” video, you will actually hear me speak how PwC has been very flexible during the month of Ramadan. My seniors always made sure I left work early and were very flexible as to when/where I completed my work. The firm really trusts you in terms of the work that you will get done so the work-life balance is really how you make of it. To me, as long as I get the work done with superb quality and on-time, it really does not matter when or where I get the work done. But you should obviously at the same time look out for your team as it is important to be a team player 🙂

Comment From Jessie Yang
Hello Laura, as you know, PwC has gathered a lot of excellent and brilliant people. So I am interested in knowing what rewards and recognition programs are available at PwC?

Laura:
Hi Jessie! Great question – we have different levels of rewards. First and foremost, your compensation and variable pay, which increases each year with your experience as your show strong performance. Secondly we have a program called Acclaim, where you are able to recognize your peers and superiors for doing a great job by issuing them points. These points can then be redeemed on an online site (I’ve redeemed for an iPod Touch and a great hotel on a trip to California!). Thirdly, there are on-the-spot cash bonuses called Spotlight to recognize a team member for going above and beyond on their job. You can nominate your peers at all levels. Finally, there is the CEO award annually to recognize excellence for a variety of different achievements!

Comment From ManpritSandhu
Hello everyone! Thanks for answering our questions today. As a new hire at PwC how long will it take before you begin to actually work on the “front lines” so to speak and deal directly with clients? Do you initially spend some time in a support role for more experienced associates or do you get to begin working with clients immediately?

Fahad:
Manprit, you begin working on the “front lines” as soon as you join the firm!! Scary? I know! But PwC will actually provide you with all the training and support a week or two before you are assigned clients to ensure you are comfortable when you go out there. And remember, you are never out at a client site alone! Your team will always be by your side, and from my experience, that is the one thing that made my transition to a young professional seamless at PwC!

Comment From Christian Guirguis
Hello PwC team! I’m really looking forward to taking the next step of my career and applying for the upcoming internships. I am going into my 4th year enrolled in Brock University’s BBA program. As this is my 3rd and final co-op, the prospect of landing a full time job after completion carries a great amount of value. How does PwC work with regards to the transition from an intern to a full time position, post graduation?

Fahad:
Hello Christian! PwC does place heavy value and emphasis in regards to the transition from an intern to a full-time position. I was a summer intern myself not too long ago and here I am now 🙂

Comment From Kathleen Wang
Hello Fahad, James, and Laura, thank-you for taking the time to do this. Your answers are more than helpful! I know recruitment season is coming up in the fall, how do you think one should best prepare for both the application and the interview process in the mean time?

James:
Hi Kathleen, research, research, research! Read the website, our brochure, our personal brand info and meet with our people. But also ensure you’ve gained the right experiences at university to demonstrate your skills – sports, societies, work experience etc.

Fahad:
Remember, don’t forget to check out my blog on the interview process.

Comment From Janice Qin
I am debating with myself on whether I should apply to the tax stream or the audit stream as I am interested in both. I have been reading extensively on PwC’s website and blog post and have found Ainslie’s blog posts to be very helpful. Could you please share with us your thoughts on audit VS tax?

James:
Hi Janice, both are great opportunities. The programs are a little different however. In audit you get a range of experience and are often out at client site. In tax, you tend to be a little more office based. Talk with our people at upcoming events and understand their roles and see where that takes you!

Fahad:
Have you guys checked out the latest PwC campus brochure?! If not, read through it here! Learn more about the firm and its people before recruiting season even begins! (This is a good way to spark conversations with PwC reps when they come on campus)

Comment From Rhea Panjabi
Hey guys, are there any international opportunities at PwC for summer associates? I really want to work abroad, and would love to learn more about global opportunities at the firm.

Laura:
Hi Rhea – international opportunities in your summer are not guaranteed, but can depend on the client you’re engaged on. You could end up auditing a subsidiary in the US and have to travel to the site. There are many international opportunities when you start full-time, but we really want to you have passed your CA exams. This is so that you can offer expertise and technical abilities to the international firm, and bring back this expertise on your return.

Comment From Safia Yousuf
Hi Fahad, James, and Laura. I actually had the chance to meet a PwC representative (Naomi Little) at Ryerson University last week. Any recommendations for networking with PwC representatives in a room packed with students with limited time?

Fahad:
Excellent questions Safia. What I always tell students to do is to not necessarily wait 10-15 minutes to talk to a recruiter/Partner. Approach summer students/co-op students if they are less busy!

Comment From Yehonaton Aboudi

Hi Team, on client engagements, do new hires work directly with the clients? Is there a manager/senior staff member that goes along to the different audits?

Laura:
Hi Yehonaton! Yes! New hires do work directly with clients! But don’t worry; you have a team with you. You will get world class training before you start you engagements and you will be well prepared. Your team will be there to support you, and you will get shadowing opportunities to see how the senior staff interact. But we hire you for your great communication skills, so we are ready to put you out there, interacting with the client right away!

TalentEgg Taryn:
That’s all the time we have for questions today. For those of you who didn’t get your questions answered feel free to post them on PwC’s Facebook page. Thanks for participating in Office Hours and a big thank-you to James, Laura and Fahad for taking the time to answer everyone’s questions! Do you three have any final comments?

Laura:
Good luck everyone! I can’t wait to meet you this fall. Be yourself, and be confident.

James:
Thanks guys. We’ve been working hard all summer getting ready for our events in September! We’re looking forward to meeting you all and good luck with recruiting!!

Fahad:
Thank you so much for joining us today! Do add me on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter (@_fahadmeer) to connect with me personally. I always enjoy helping students out and love teaching them more about PwC and what makes the firm truly the best in the world 🙂 Don’t forget to check out my blogs!

TalentEgg Taryn:
If you’re looking for more information on careers with PwC, check out their TalentEgg profile or connect with them on Twitter (@PwC_ca_campus)!

TalentEgg Taryn:
Thanks again for joining us today TalentEgg-ers! Keep your eyes on our Twitter feed (@TalentEgg) for upcoming Office Hours events!

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