The Zicklin Graduate Accounting Society (ZGAS) hosted “Breaking into Public Accounting” with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) on Thursday, March 26, 2015. This event enabled students to learn more about the firm and gain valuable insights into the accounting field as career changers or simply as students seeking more information.
PwC Campus Recruiting Associate, Whitney R. Green, led the discussion with a brief presentation and then moved on to a panel discussion. The two panelists were David Shifrin and Esther Jung, Associates at PwC.
Whitney began the presentation with an overview of the firm, stating that PwC is part of a huge global conglomerate that participates in not only financial services, but also non-financial services. A valuable resource available to employees within the company is the Integrated Leadership Development Experience, where there are a number of level coaches and technical tools to assess how an employee is performing. Specifically, it offers the PwC Snapshot where one can view how strong he/she is performing and receive real-time feedback from coaches to work towards immediate improvements.
As a PwC Professional, there are five main qualities and skills one would need to embody: whole leadership, business acumen, technical capabilities, global acumen, and relationships. Some important tips mentioned were:
1 ) Self-exploration—you need to think how your technical skills can be used and about where do you want to be. The latter involves not only location, but also position (e.g. partner).
2) Education—what do you need to complete in terms of degrees and certifications?
3) Conduct research (e.g. will the industry that you want to work in be relevant in the next 15-20 years?)
4) Develop a plan—be flexible because not everything will go according to plan.
The discussion ended with a Q&A session with the panelists. A few students asked questions about networking. In response, David and Esther shared their personal networking stories while they were in school and also provided students with valuable suggestions on how to develop their networking skills and become successful career changers. Whitney also shared her stories about how she leads and works with her team.
Ultimately, the event was a success and attendees found it beneficial. The panelists not only provided insight for career changers, but also shared their own stories and provided students with good suggestions for their future careers.
Hello ZGAS Members,