At PwC, we have several events throughout the year that allows our partners and staff to network with various individuals throughout the community. Recently, there has been an initiative to get more junior staff involved in networking to help build client relationships.
Being as we are in our offseason (see last week’s blog post for details), a fair amount of time is spent on networking with individuals around our communities. In my capacity as an associate and a CA student, the opportunity is available for me to build my network with the help of PwC. We are encouraged to reach out to individuals at our levels (i.e. a law articling student, medical student, entrepreneurs and business owners) to discuss various aspects such as career development, vertical progression, life events and other such topics. For me, the encouragement received from PwC to go out and network is one of my favourite aspects of the job.
Networking is not about selling yourself. It is about building your personal image, building a strong reputation and making new friends. I have made some friends along the way through networking. At my level, there is no pressure to get business, but rather just an opportunity to better equate myself with people in my community.
Finally, as a student, networking is by far the best way to be known to recruiters and I encourage anyone who is reading the blog to go out and network. Attend sporting events, charity events, workshops, presentations etc. It’s understandable to be nervous at first, however, all it takes is a little encouragement and it will just become second nature. For me, I am grateful that PwC provided this encouragement to get me started.
I'll be on vacation for the next two weeks, however, feel free to contact me with any questions and I look forward to blogging again in mid-August.