@chadd.j.vandermade Would you be able to let me know if PwC does summer interns for students who aren't registered for COOP?
by Nisha Shanes9/19/2012 8:18:54 PM
Thank you to all the representatives of PwC for answering our questions at this time.
by Api9/19/2012 8:20:00 PM
Thanks for the insight Fahad! As a follow up I'd like to ask if its preferred to specialize once someone does hit the Manager level. I've heard of managers both specializing and choosing not to specialize. What would your opinion be on the pros and cons of specialization?
by Fatima Tariq9/19/2012 8:20:20 PM
@Antonin Dolohov Hi Antonin, we look at a number of factors when resume reviewing which decides who gets an interview (as per a prior post). From there we ask questions in interviews which help us build a picture of the individual, we're looking for evidence against these and then we rank candidates in order to decide who gets the offers.
by james.x.davidson9/19/2012 8:20:47 PM
Hi Nisha, absolutely we do! When submitting your application be sure to apply to our “summer internship” posting and be sure to list Ottawa as your first choice office (if that’s your preference!).
by chadd.j.vandermade9/19/2012 8:20:59 PM
Thanks Elizabeth! This is quite helpful.
by Haya Asim9/19/2012 8:21:07 PM
Thank you James - I hope to hear from you soon!
by Nikki.Levasseur9/19/2012 8:21:13 PM
What is the recruitment process for audit internships?
by IA9/19/2012 8:21:50 PM
Hey Fatima. In my opinion, I think it would make sense to specialize at the manager level because you want to be overlooking clients that you are most familiar with. Also, going forward to the Senior Manager and Partner level, it is probably easiest bringing business to the firm that you are more familiar with. I hope that helps!
by Fahad Meer9/19/2012 8:21:56 PM
Hi Samrah, Hope you are doing well! In regards to your Genesis Park question, Genesis Park is geared for Senior Managers who are the next leaders of the firm. They meet in three countries every few years to discuss the direction of the firm and to develop new ideas for the firm nationally. It's a great leadership conference that last 4 months.
by elizabeth.m.bendia9/19/2012 8:21:58 PM
by Ahmad9/19/2012 8:22:27 PM
Hi Elizabeth, how much importance do you give to GPA while screening an application ? I talked to other recruiter this year and all of them explain to me that CGPA is a filter to see if a candidate will be successful in ICAO professional exam. so for someone like me who wrote UFE this year how much CGPA will be relevant during application process
by Nazir Shaikh9/19/2012 8:22:36 PM
Hi, my name is Kyle Cahill. I am very interested in the Management Consulting program a PWC. When one applies to the program do they get to choose which location they would like to work in? Also is there a deadline for applying to the program? Thanks
by Kyle Cahill9/19/2012 8:22:55 PM
While attending a recruiting boot camp session, one of the presenters asked a fantastic question that I believe really helps provide insight to the work environment. As a result, I'd like to ask you this question as well. "What was your favorite moment at PwC (directly relating to work/peers/etc...)."
by Johnny Fai Cheong Ly9/19/2012 8:22:57 PM
by Trevor Lansdell9/19/2012 8:23:09 PM
Hello IA, The recruitment process is open for 2nd and 3rd year students that are in the process of completing the 51-credit hour required courses by the Institute of Chartered Accountants. It is probably best to attend as many networking events as possible so you have face-time with the recruiters and firm reps as this will help increase your chances in landing a job at the firm!
by Fahad Meer9/19/2012 8:23:54 PM
Hi Nazir - GPA's are important but we take everything into consideration including your exams, your icao courses, work experience, volunteer experiences, and extra curricularswhen screening everyones applications!
by elizabeth.m.bendia9/19/2012 8:24:08 PM
Hey Fahad! Thanks for your response. In terms of EWP, does the mentorship and coaching aspect fall under this program? If so, does every associate get paired up with a coach? Do you have any personal experiences that you don't mind sharing of where the mentorship environment at PwC really stood out to you.
by Aseem Ali9/19/2012 8:24:13 PM
@Kyle Cahill Hey Kyle we offer our management consulting program in Toronto and Calgary. You can make 1 application but choose an alternative location as a 2nd preference. Do your research and see what city you're most interested in working in and make that your first choice. Good luck!
by james.x.davidson9/19/2012 8:24:35 PM
PwC always preaches networking. Attend events. Isn't it a little unfair to people who built great relationships with previous recruiters but have now left the firm? 2 of the main recruiters with whom I had terrific relationships with, have now left the firm or their role. So I have to start all over again. That was a little demoralizing. Now what? It's hard to start from scratch.
by Antonin Dolohov9/19/2012 8:24:56 PM
Hello everyone! Thanks so much for being here and answering our questions! I am very interested in Forensic Accounting (fraud investigation in particular). I have heard that extensive Audit experience is necessary to work in this field; my question is, how many years of audit experience is considered necessary in PwC before being allowed to transfer into Deals and into Investigations and Forensic Services?
by Victoria G9/19/2012 8:25:26 PM
@james.x.davidson Thanks James
by Kyle Cahill9/19/2012 8:25:40 PM
Hi PwC team! Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions. I was wondering, if you could go back to your very first year starting out at PwC, what tips or advice would you want to give?
by Lucy Zhang9/19/2012 8:25:50 PM
Thanks a lot Fahad! Definitely cleared up the different points of views I've gotten from various individuals!
by Fatima Tariq9/19/2012 8:26:01 PM
Thanks Fahad, I guess that make sense my continuing education should benefit PwC or the area where I'm employed in. To be honest I want to do CICBV I'm pretty sure it will benefit PwC in all respect
by Nazir Shaikh9/19/2012 8:26:10 PM
Hi Fahad - As students in pursuit of the CA designation, we all receive similar training from our undergraduate programs. What particular experiences have you had that made you succeed in your career at PwC?
by Uria Park9/19/2012 8:26:50 PM
Hey Aseem, you are correct! You can actually find out a lot of my personal EWP experience by watching my YouTube "Campaign Star" video: www.youtube.com Personally, I love the "teach don't tell" aspect at the firm. Instead of my seniors answering my questions directly, they make me walk through the answer by posing the question right back at me.
by Fahad Meer9/19/2012 8:27:04 PM
Definitely Nazir! I wish you the best of luck in the future!
by Fahad Meer9/19/2012 8:27:20 PM
@Antonin Dolohov Hi Antonin, people obviously change roles both internally at PwC and move to other organisations. Leading the team, this is a good thing, it shows our people are in high demand! Working involves networking daily and building contacts so it will help you develop these much needed skills for your career!
by james.x.davidson9/19/2012 8:27:20 PM
No problem at all Fatima. Glad to be of help to you :)
by Fahad Meer9/19/2012 8:27:39 PM
Since the firm prides itself on being global and from my interactions, it seems extremely unified, I want to ask what sort of global opportunities are available to people working in the firm? I am aware of the short-term and long-term engagements that one can choose to be on. Are there any other opportunities apart from that? Further, while working in a specific department at PwC, do members of that department get to interact with employees in other departments?
by 1Marium_Imtiaz9/19/2012 8:28:01 PM
I am curios to know if there are any roles at PWC for individuals pursuing the CFA designation?
by Trevor Lansdell9/19/2012 8:28:12 PM
Hi Victoria - you can go right into Deals after graduating. However, for Forensics, you should gain a foundation in Audit and Assurance before transferring. Usually at the Senior Associate level, individuals will move into Forensics!
by elizabeth.m.bendia9/19/2012 8:28:15 PM
Hello Uria! Great question! By being offered the "Campaign Star" role and the "National Blogger" role at such an early point in my career (just a as a New Associate), I find it amazing that the firm will invest in you from the "get-go"!
by Fahad Meer9/19/2012 8:28:52 PM
Good afternoon Johnny, that’s a great question! I really enjoyed my time on secondment in North Carolina getting to know colleagues from all over the world. I was on an audit team with people with South Africa, Japan, and USA! It was amazing to see how a group of people who had the same training all approached audit situations differently! I certainly learned a ton and have connections all over the world now!
by chadd.j.vandermade9/19/2012 8:29:06 PM
@Trevor Lansdell Hi Trevor, at a graduate level we recruit into CA or CPA positions. The CFA is about markets and is useful for our Deals group but we don't tend to hire many students directly into this area - if you have experience you could apply via our experienced recruitment website.
by james.x.davidson9/19/2012 8:29:49 PM
Sort of related to Marium's question; what sort of international rotation opportunities are there at PwC? Will I only be able to travel if an arm of my client's operations are located somewhere or is there a dedicated program geared towards learning and working internationally?
by _umer_far9/19/2012 8:30:01 PM
Thanks Elizabeth. I'm doing well. Genesis Park does sound like a great leadership opportunity for those in a leadership position, and I hope to be a part of it in the near future.
I wanted to ask you how has the Enhanced Working Practices at PwC helped you as an individual when approaching certain issues with audit or other areas of work, and what did you learn from such experiences overall?
by Samrah Saghir9/19/2012 8:30:11 PM
Hey guys! My messages have not gone through for the last 30 mins..thought I would give this one more try... I am a consulting working at one of the Big Four, I am loooking to transition to PwC however, currently there are no positions in that area... I would like to to connect with a recuriter to build rapport ..and was wondering who that might be
by moe9/19/2012 8:30:19 PM
@Fahad Meer Hi Fahad! So good to speak to you again. I was wondering how your responsibilities have changed now that you're an experienced associate?
by _umer_far9/19/2012 8:30:21 PM
Thanks for your answer, Elizabeth! Sounds very exciting; this is definitely the path which I am aiming to pursue!
by Victoria G9/19/2012 8:30:29 PM
by Nazia9/19/2012 8:30:32 PM
@Fahad Meer I remember when you first shared the "teach-don't-tell" approach at an Information Session at the Toronto office back in February and it has stuck with me ever since.
by Aaron Carscadden9/19/2012 8:30:49 PM
Hi Marium! Yes there are a number of different opportunities to travel. Some times you will have short travels for a one or two weeks. I know many individuals who will fly out to their client's head office in New York City for a week.
by elizabeth.m.bendia9/19/2012 8:30:52 PM
Thank you Fahad! I have watched your Campaign Star video before. I love the "teach-don't-tell" philosophy that PwC embodies.