‘I went to school in the US, majoring in finance before doing a masters in accounting. Looking at my options amongst the different public accounting firms, PwC was my first choice. I liked it that PwC took on lots of Bermudian students – there would be a sizeable peer group, not just to bounce ideas off about our studies but also to socialize with.
‘In my current role, I deal with captive insurers, working mostly independently but occasionally in small teams.
‘The good thing about working here is that just about everyone has gone through the same career progression – starting as a trainee and taking professional accounting exams. So everyone understands what it’s like to be in my position; they’re highly supportive. Everyone here is really patient and explains things well. They want you to learn – not just the Partners and the training team but all your colleagues. It seems to run through everyone that they want to help everyone else’s development as well as their own. Passing my professional exams wasn’t just a proud achievement for me; everyone else was just as pleased.
‘I studied for US CPA exams as I already knew about US law and tax. The support has been terrific – I get time off for exams, and I’m paid to go and take them in the US. All my books and materials are paid for too – but the biggest element of the support is that my workload is set up so that I’m given the best chance of succeeding– in terms of the jobs and clients I get exposure to, and the timeframes I work within.
‘The social life is good – we have a firm-wide social once a month, where everyone has the chance to get to know each other more, as well as regular department socials. I’ve played softball and volleyball in organised leagues, and on a more informal basis, a few of us will go down to the beach every now and then. It’s a very social crowd and it helps that the Associates are broadly of a similar age group.
‘My view is that, if you want an accounting designation, then PwC offers a better learning ground than, say, joining an insurer. The training set-up and structure is better; they allow you to qualify and move up faster. If you want to work your way up to partner one day, it’s entirely possible.’