My story - Chloe Dudding
I came to PwC Cayman from another PwC firm in the UK. I joined PwC in the UK in September 2007 as a “Headstart” after being encouraged by individuals I rode horses for, to give the accounting profession a try. I trained and worked at PwC for three and a half years to gain my time and exam qualification under ACCA.
After four years at PwC Reading, I felt it was time to engage in a new challenge and work with a new client base. I found the idea of working in Grand Cayman exotic and exciting and it certainly hasn’t disappointed me!
I found the first few months challenging as I came to understand the financial services industry. However, I have found everyone, especially the senior management team very open and helpful; everyone is willing to help, you just have to ask. Your peers are also in the same boat as you and there’s a very open and helpful atmosphere amongst those who start together. The climate was also quite a change from the UK - not that I’m complaining!
I feel I have already broadened my knowledge base significantly, I find the work interesting and engaging. I have enjoyed learning and being a part of the financial services team. I love living on the island, there is a multitude of different sports and activities to get your teeth into! I have tried countless water sports that I’m pretty sure I would never have done so had I stayed in the UK. I have also met inspiring leaders at PwC who have motivated me to achieve and develop myself.
I have a passion for riding horses and have been lucky enough to find a well equipped riding stable which I am able to ride and teach at; I have been invited to ride on the Cayman riding team and also asked to coach the junior national team. PwC Cayman has also agreed to sponsor me in terms of kit and entry fees and have been very understanding and encouraging in terms of this commitment. It really shows a respect for work life balance.
PwC Cayman has refreshed my enthusiasm for work and developing my technical knowledge and personnel skills. This is a fantastic opportunity that I would recommend to anyone wanting both an unforgettable and enjoyable experience as well as a unique selling point in your CV. There is a real community feel on the island, your PwC colleagues become your PwC family. With such a diverse group of interesting individuals coming from all over the world I feel fortunate to broaden my cultural awareness and make what I hope to be lifelong friends!