After my first post, I thought that in this blog I would update you on everything I’ve done in my first 6 months with PwC. This program offers us the chance to rotate through different competencies for two years.
- Operations project – worked with Lean and 6 Sigma experts from the Operation competency to reduce wastes in different processes of a warehouse.
- People and Change competency - built a team building event off site for IT senior managers across a large oil and gas company.
- Financial Service competency – went to Montreal to work on procurement process improvements for the public sector.
- Operations Competency – assisted in the building of network design models and worked jointly with an inventory management expert for a transportation company out of British-Colombia.
- Sustainability and Climate Change – did research for a large multinational on the common measures used in their industry to publicly address human rights policy; was part of a research team on the impact of the climate change for insurance companies.
- Sustainability and Climate Change – wrote two proposals for companies operating in the province of Quebec regarding their CO2 emissions strategy.
- Operations / Financial Service – worked on developing a proposal for a retail store looking to launch a credit card in Canada.
Keys to success:
During my first 6 months at PwC, I truly realized the value of networking. Through my different projects and multiple out of the office PwC events, I have developed a great internal network that saved me precious time at multiple occasions when facing a challenge. People at PwC realize the value of having a great network and the importance of maintaining a win-win relationship.
On different projects, the team quickly took me in, coached me and gave me responsibilities. The “teach-don’t-tell” approach was often applied and was definitely one of the reasons why I felt involved and was able to contribute to the success of the team.
People at PwC are fun to work with! It does not matter if you work with senior associates, managers, directors or partners, people here bring their best attitude to work and it’s contagious! Not only does it have an impact on coworkers but the clients see it as well.
More than 6 months ago, I joined the #1 professional service firm in the world and was told that my job was going to be fun, demanding, full of challenges, learning opportunities and different experiences. I have been implicated in 4 different competencies and 7 different assignments, worked in Montreal for 6 weeks and built an internal network full of people willing to help at anytime.
All of that said, I still play hockey, train every week and manage to ski in the Rockies on the weekends. What does an opportunity of a lifetime look like to you?