As I write this, I’m sitting in a downtown Houston apartment. In the background, American Netflix is blaring shows that are unavailable in Canada, leftover Tex Mex from last night’s dinner is warming in the oven, and the open blinds reveal a landscape that is wonderfully devoid of snow. This busy season is starting out pretty well!
My name is Ian Jennings and I’m an Experienced Senior Associate with the PwC Calgary office. After being born and raised in Alberta, I was anxious to work in a new environment. The American Short Term Assignment Program offered just such an opportunity, so I took advantage of it as soon as the program launched earlier this year. After three years of working on a range of clients in the Calgary office, I was excited to hear that I would be calling Houston my home away from home for three months. The opportunity to work on some new clients intrigued me and I had heard great things about the people in Houston.
Since arriving, I’ve indulged in some fantastic food – Tex Mex, BBQ, and pizza so full of meat that it would make a vegetarian blush. I’ve toured downtown and midtown Houston to get my bearings, and I’ve had the opportunity to visit PwC’s downtown office where I was met by an extremely welcoming and diverse group of people from across the Southern States, Mexico, and parts of Central America. As one of the few Canucks down here, I’ll admit that adjusting to the accent hasn’t been the easiest – I’ve been smiling and nodding politely ever since arriving while I scratch my head and wonder what exactly I’m agreeing to.
I haven’t started on any engagements yet, but I’m looking forward to sharing my experience over the next couple of months. For now, I’m well entertained, well fed, and warm and that’s a pretty good start.