By Lizen Liu
On April 11th, 2016, ZGAS hosted the Career Transitioning Discussion with PwC at Baruch College. In the panel discussion, five professionals shared their inspiring stories of career transitioning and how they got to where they are now. This event was a great opportunity to learn about the internal transfer procedures and which service line is best suited to our goals and personality.
The five panelists included Grace Kim, Frank Wang, Francois Cedoit, Abigail Sparks, and Janet Rodriguez. Grace is an experienced tax associate with two and a half years of experience with financial service companies who worked in the Washington, D.C. office but she made a move to the New York office. She believes that her energy and optimism made her stand out most in the process.
Frank worked in China for almost two years before he came to Baruch College for his master’s degree in accounting. After his graduation, he joined PwC and is now an experienced assurance associate. He believes that being approachable and friendly are the key to a great networking session.
Francois graduated cum laude from Baruch College and Macaulay Honors with a BBA in Accounting and minor in French studies. The early corporate exposure in his life has helped steer him in the path of success. Francois is now a senior associate in the assurance practice in PwC. He believes that it’s important not to “lose your cool” and just be yourself.
Abigail made a move from telecommunications to an executive assistant at PwC and she stated that a great network really helped encourage her to make the transition. It is the people aspect that makes up a firm’s culture and it certainly has helped her make the decision to join PwC.
Janet began her tax career in PwC upon graduating from Baruch College where she received her BBA in Accounting. After a few years, she left the firm to follow her passion of working within the community as a College and Career Coordinator to help diverse students smoothly transition to college. Then, she made a return to PwC and she was welcomed back with open arms as she joined the NYM Campus Recruiting team. She believes that we should be ourselves and take any opportunity to learn and never be afraid to voice our opinions.
It was a great honor to hear about these inspiring stories from the PwC professionals. I agree with all of the professionals that it’s most important to be yourself. If it’s meant to be, then you will get there no matter where you are. We should build and maintain good relationships, not just for the sake of networking, but to be real and genuine in knowing another person.
Hello ZGAS Members,