Hey Umer! Great to see you here! As an Experienced Associate, I have assumed more responsibilities and am now dealing with more complex sections of the audit file. But more importantly, I now have the opportunity to coach New Associates and Summer Interns on my jobs and that to me is super exciting!
by Fahad Meer9/19/2012 8:31:53 PM
Hello Aaron! Great to hear from you. I am so happy that it has stuck with you and I really hope you get the opportunity to exercise it in your professional career! It truly is a gem of a practice.
by Fahad Meer9/19/2012 8:32:40 PM
I go to a school where recruiting events happen sparsely. I'm interested in a particular group at PwC. If I wanted to learn more, would it be possible for a recruiter to take 15 mins out of their day to meet us? It's intimidating making such a request to a recruiter.
by Antonin Dolohov9/19/2012 8:32:49 PM
@moe Hi Moe, we're receiving a lot of questions and are prioritising on these, your question is a little more unique. You'll need to review our experienced recruitment website and searh LinkedIn for our recruiters from this team. They're on twitter as well so you can connect with them on their.
by james.x.davidson9/19/2012 8:32:53 PM
My messages are not going through ... I was wondering if PwC is attending any career fairs apart from a company presentation at McGill.
by Nazia9/19/2012 8:33:08 PM
Hi Lucy – here is my list of tips: don’t be scared to ask questions, be open to new experiences, and be accepting that it is a steep learning curve for everyone when you first begin but there will always be someone there to support and assist you!
by chadd.j.vandermade9/19/2012 8:33:17 PM
Hi Samrah - in regards to your question, it definitely helps team development when you have weekly catch up meetings were you discuss lessons learned, success stories, what works wells. I find it definitely helps the team growth and personal growth.
by elizabeth.m.bendia9/19/2012 8:33:20 PM
Hello Aseem. That is fantastic! I love the "teach dont tell" philosophy myself and that is one of the biggest selling points of PwC in my opinion. The learning culture is truly fantastic!
by Fahad Meer9/19/2012 8:33:24 PM
Hi Chadd, how many summer interns would you say normally gets hired every summer in the Ottawa region?
by Homaira Ishmum9/19/2012 8:33:42 PM
@chadd.j.vandermade .. Hey Chadd. I don't have any questions for you at the moment as we had a good chat on Monday at the office tour. I just wanted to say thanks for the time you spent talking with me and to your firm for holding the event! I learned a lot about your firm and I really enjoyed talking to you about your travel experiences. I've always wanted to travel but have never wanted to take time off of work or school to do so - Therefore, these opportunities at PwC seem like a great way to achieve all of my goals and plans! Hope I'll see you at Carleton's Wine and Cheese tomorrow!
by Chris Tremblay (Ottawa)9/19/2012 8:33:54 PM
@James - I have a PhD in life sciences and I'm interested in Consulting positions at PwC. Can you please let me know: (1) whether I should look for jobs through the experienced hire track, or the campus hire track, (2) given my background, does PwC prefer to see an academic CV, or a business resume? (3) who is the recruiting coordinator in the Toronto office that I could address my cover letter to? Thank you!
by Dave Richmond9/19/2012 8:34:21 PM
Hi Elizabeth, I wanted to ask for the benefit of all accounting students here; with all the changes currently in process in regards to the CPA merger - will this impact any new hires in 2013. Specifically, will all our prerequisite accounting course for the ICAO suffice?? Thank you.
by Naveed_A_Khalid9/19/2012 8:34:46 PM
Homaria, we are always looking for summer students and the number that we end up hiring will be totally dependent on the caliber of the candidates each year!
by chadd.j.vandermade9/19/2012 8:35:00 PM
That's pretty amazing Chadd. This makes me look forward to secondment opportunities. I find it very difficult to stop learning. It's one reason why I set out to pursue my CA designation (just wrote the UFE) even though I'm doing very well at Franklin Templeton Investments as a Financial Analyst (non-CATO).
by Johnny Fai Cheong Ly9/19/2012 8:35:21 PM
Hi Anthonin - you can definitely reach out to recruiters via social media, email, and by phone. There's so many ways to get connected via the technology!!
by elizabeth.m.bendia9/19/2012 8:35:27 PM
@Dave Richmond Hi Dave, you should send us your business resume, a cover letter and your transcripts. In the cover letter you'll need to articulate why you want to work in consulting and the skills you'll bring etc. Such as analyticial skills gained from your PhD. Good luck!
by james.x.davidson9/19/2012 8:35:46 PM
Hi Fahad - Nice to hear from you again. I hope all is well with you. As a keen learner and with a passion for traveling, I've looked into the Global Mobility Programs at PwC. Would you say, that this program is similar to a secondment? It sounds like an exciting opportunity, to be able to travel to offer services such as tax planning for clients. I want to know, how does PwC provide for any training (technical and cultural) that could be required for an international assignment?
by Samrah Saghir9/19/2012 8:35:51 PM
Christopher, thanks for the feedback and I will see you tomorrow at the Sprott Wine & Cheese!
by chadd.j.vandermade9/19/2012 8:35:56 PM
Hi Elizabeth- Does a candidate need to have previous experience to be a part of Consulting and Deals? And do consulting and deals provide CA training?
by Zain Fayyaz9/19/2012 8:36:12 PM
Hi Fahad! How would performance be measured at PwC once full-time hires start working?
by Turk Lafci9/19/2012 8:36:32 PM
Hi Naveed - No, the talks about the merger will not have any impact on our hiring for 2013. And yes all of your accounting courses for the ICAO will suffice! :)
by elizabeth.m.bendia9/19/2012 8:36:45 PM
Hi everyone! I have a quick question. I am currently attending school in Quebec and have attended PwC networking events here in the past. However, I am looking for positions in English-speaking parts of Canada, in particular Ottawa, but have not had a chance to meet with the recruiters and PwC team in that region yet. Will that put me at a disadvantage?
by yuro.f9/19/2012 8:37:13 PM
Hey Samrah! Great to see you here and thank you for taking part in our live chat! The Global Mobility program is broken down into "long term" and "short term" secondments. Long-term secondments are generally > 6 months and short-term secondments are 6 months or less. Given that PwC has offices worldwide, the program is super exciting!
by Fahad Meer9/19/2012 8:37:35 PM
@Zain Fayyaz Hi Zain, in Deals we offer a CA in the GTA, Consulting is NOT a CA route - it's management consulting which is very different - we'll hire people who have done accounting degrees, but not people who want to do a CA for this entry point - we provide comprehensive management consulting training instead.
by james.x.davidson9/19/2012 8:37:43 PM
Thanks Liz! That's a relief! :-)
by Naveed_A_Khalid9/19/2012 8:37:49 PM
I have had a variety of engagement roles within the PwC Windsor office and would like to know what roles a new hire will be placed into within the GTA area?
by Jayson Bastien9/19/2012 8:37:56 PM
Thanks PwC team for their answers!
by Victoria Didkovska9/19/2012 8:38:08 PM
Hi James, I am a recent grad who is interested in associate consulting position in Calgary. I am just wondering if there would any advantages or disadvantages of having a marketing background while carrying on duties as a consultant?
by Justin Chung9/19/2012 8:38:31 PM
Great question (and great seeing you here as well!) After every engagement, you will submit a self-evaluation on your performance to the senior and manager and they give you a rating of met/exceed/did not meet expectations. Generally, performance is benchmarked against our performance on the job and how we invest in relationships.
by Fahad Meer9/19/2012 8:38:48 PM
@Ja mes: Thank you! and thanks everyone for the opportunity to connect and ask questions!
by Dave Richmond9/19/2012 8:38:56 PM
Thank you so much for doing this, PwC. First the TalentEgg office hours and now this - Appreciate it!
by Talha R.9/19/2012 8:39:16 PM
Hi Yuro - not to worry, it will not put you in a disadvantage if you haven't had connection with recruiters. You can definitely reach out to recruiters via social media and via telephone to build that relationship!
by elizabeth.m.bendia9/19/2012 8:39:29 PM
Hi Yuro – it doesn’t have to put you at a disadvantage! There are multiple ways to interact with us online (like you are doing right now!). I would encourage you to read my blogs and our office profile on the Brilliant Futures website, interact with me on twitter (@OttawaChadd), and contribute to the online conversation on the PwC Canada Careers facebook website.
by chadd.j.vandermade9/19/2012 8:40:05 PM
@Justin Chung Hi justin, for onsulting we accept applications from ANY degree discipline! You'll need to be able to articulate why you want to be a management consultant, your interest in business and consulting and why you want to do that with PwC. If you can convince us of your passion and interest your degree subject is not as critical for this type of position. Good luck!
by james.x.davidson9/19/2012 8:40:18 PM
@chadd.j.vandermade Thank you :). I hadn't gotten a chance to meet you at the Telfer wine and cheese yesterday. I hope you had a great time regardless. What advice would you give to someone in their second year of university applying for coop in the next year? Also, what would be your recommendations to help someone sell themselves in an interview? Also, my name is actually spelled "Homaira"
by Homaira Ishmum9/19/2012 8:40:24 PM
@james.x.davidson, regarding Zain's question. As someone taking the audit route and working towards their CA, are their still opportunities to sometimes work with clients in consulting?
by Terri Taiyab9/19/2012 8:40:59 PM
HI Jayson, same sort of responsibilities and roles you would have had in Windsor. The clients will be different but the work will be very similiar. Best of luck!
by elizabeth.m.bendia9/19/2012 8:41:20 PM
Hi Everyone! First of all I would like to thank the PwC representatives and bloggers for organizing this neat way of interaction. Secondly, my question is to Fahad: I saw your video on Talent Egg and wanted to ask now that PwC is offering students to pursue the CA designation through their tax stream, are there any differences in attaining the designation whether we do it through tax stream or as part of the AAG for example?
by Hibbah Khan9/19/2012 8:41:25 PM
What is a typical career path for a student entering Audit at PwC?
by 1Marium_Imtiaz9/19/2012 8:42:17 PM
Thank you Fahad! And I'd like to quickly thank all of you for taking the time to respond efficiently to so many questions!
by Turk Lafci9/19/2012 8:42:43 PM
@1Marium_Imtiaz Please check out this page for lots of info on your career path in Audit: www.pwc.com
by gail.balfour9/19/2012 8:42:51 PM
@Terri Taiyab Hi Terri, once you've qualified, the great thing about PwC are the the endless opportunities. You'll need to apply for an internal position and if successful could gain a role with Consulting from there. You may also want to think about our Deals Grp (Corp Finance, Transactions etc,) as more people in this group have CAs.
by james.x.davidson9/19/2012 8:43:13 PM
Elizabeth - I agree completely that EWP can definitely enhance personal and professional growth. I also heard about the workshops/competitions that take place where people share their stories using EWP, so that too is a great motivating factor. This year, as a part of UTM Dept of Management's work-study, I'll be in a role that is similar to a consultant for Show Me the Green, so I'm very excited about that; being that I've experience being a delegate and an organizer of the conference. It feels very humbling as a student to be able to input to the largest conference held at UTM.