When I was trying to choose a firm, I found they all seemed very similar. Like most people, I was looking for the right fit, and being openly gay, I was concerned about being accepted for who I was in its entirety. For me, PwC was the most welcoming firm for all diversity and genuinely views diversity as an asset, rather than a hindrance. That was true 9 years ago when I first joined the firm, and it’s still true today.
As I got to know the recruiting team, the culture here also really appealed to me. It’s definitely a work-hard-play-hard culture that’s energetic, hardworking, fun and well-balanced. The people really make all the difference, and when you’re sometimes working long hours it’s so important to enjoy who you work with. When people ask me why I’m still here after 9 years, I tell them it’s because I enjoy what I do – but really, it’s about the people. The amazing people I work with are not just my colleagues, but I’m also proud to call them my friends.
Every year here is completely different. There are always new challenges and opportunities here for me – because I ask for them. I am very vocal and interested in my own development, and PwC has always supported me in that. Whether it’s travelling or teaching – PwC is open and encourages me to take on new opportunities. Since day one here, I’ve never been told “No”– I could always count on the firm to help me achieve my goals, with a sound business case to support me.
The best advice I have for those trying to choose a firm right now, is: Get to know the people at the firms you’re interested in, but also make sure you let them get to know you because we’re looking to hire the person. So, have the confidence to be yourself, don’t be someone you think we want you to be – and definitely ask lots of questions along the way.