This was a very fun and very busy week in the Waterloo office. There were recruiting events at the two local universities, a dinner for recipients of a firm-wide achievement award, and the completion of the 2011 UFE for five writers, and of course, the subsequent social committee event to celebrate the end of the UFE...And yes somewhere amongst all that we completed client work! In fact as an aside, I had a great learning opportunity this week because my largest client acquired a company in France so I was involved in the audit of the acquisition.
So what are some of these initiatives, and what does it mean to you as a job candidate? Well, at PwC you are assigned a coach, which is a Manager who you meet with throughout the year, both formally and informally. Common topics of conversation with a coach is what clients you want to continue to work on or not, any industries you want exposure to, or discussing what people you want to work with on various jobs. This means at an early stage in your career, you have the opportunity to take control of it. You are given an outlet to communicate your aspirations and make a plan that works towards those aspirations.
Another mentorship initiative is the UFE mentor program. When you start preparing for the CKE, you can select an experienced associate who wrote the exam the year before to help guide you through the study process. This gives you access to practical study tips and peer support on a timely basis.
So as you can see, PwC creates the opportunities for you to not only create goals, but also the support system to achieve these goals.
I also have to briefly tell you about the actual social committee event we had because it was such a great time! Along with a champagne toast to the writers, we had an actual Pig Roast catered by a local restaurant. It was an absolutely delicious meal. We then had a bon-fire in a co-workers backyard until the wee hours of the night. Not a bad way to spend a Thursday night with friends!