I graduated from Queens’ with a Mechanical Engineering degree in 2011. After traveling for several months I started to search for what I assumed I needed: a traditional engineering job. That’s when I discovered PwC and the opportunities it has for engineering grads in Consulting. The more I learned about the firm and about the fast-paced environment and learning culture, the more interested I became – so I joined the Consulting practice in the fall of 2012.
I love that I’m able to apply the critical thinking, and problem-solving skills I developed through engineering in my day-to-day work. Now, I apply them to businesses and organizations instead of physical systems or machines. But my love of music is also something that’s really important to me, so as soon as I found out about PwC Rocks – our internal Battle of the Bands competition – I knew I had to get involved. I’ve participated every year since.
The firm organizes a meet-and-greet for interested, musical PwC Professionals in the spring. It’s held at a rehearsal studio where everyone gets to know each other, discusses the types of music we like to play and jams to see which sounds gel. I’m a drummer, so after connecting with two guitarists and a bassist, we formed The Sunk Costs.
As a Senior Associate, being in a band with two Partners and a Senior Manager – all from different areas of the firm – was really cool. As one of the more experienced musicians in the band, it was almost like the dynamic we usually have in the office was flipped around. Instead of me learning from them, I had seasoned professionals turning to me and asking, “Okay, Jordan – how should I handle this transition?”
Balancing rehearsals with work, travel and family commitments was challenging for us – but we’re all involved with PwC Rocks because we love music, so we made it work! The feeling you get when you go on stage at The Hoxton to perform for your coworkers and friends is incredible – I can’t tell you how much fun it’s been! I will definitely be participating next year too, and I’m really looking forward to the Big 4 Battle of the Bands on October 21.