My story - Shane Nixon
I came to PwC, looking for a career change, having spent the three year post graduation in retail banking and internal audit. I always dreamed of a career at one of the Big Four accounting firms, and through the scholarship program at PwC, my dream became a reality. After graduating high school in the Cayman Islands, I pursued my undergraduate studies at Acadia University in Canada where I earned a Bachelor's in Business Administration. I then went on to earn a Masters in Business Administration and Graduate Diploma in Accounting from Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. PwC provided me with a scholarship to pursue my MBA degree and the opportunity to qualify to become a CPA. This opportunity to earn my further my education through a PwC scholarship has been priceless.
The worldwide reputation of PwC is what first attracted me to work at the firm. Furthermore, in the Cayman community, PwC is widely known as being committed to helping young Caymanians and empowering them to accomplish their academic and career goals in accounting. I also valued the family environment and support network that PwC provides its young employees, especially the flexibility given when studying for the CPA exam. PwC has a fantastic training and mentor program. Many people at PwC have been through what you are thinking of going through, from the Partners to fellow Associates – they are all happy to help and excited to share their advice and personal experiences.
Since I have become a qualified accountant and promoted to Senior Associate, I have been given more responsibility in my audits and work closely with clients, team managers, and Partners. As a senior, you are involved in planning the audit, conducting the fieldwork, and concluding the audit with managers and partners. Your work is integral, as your new roles have expanded to seeing the audit through from beginning to end. On small audit engagements you will find yourself working mostly independently, while on large engagements you will work in small teams.
I wholeheartedly encourage any young Caymanian interested in the field of accounting to apply at PwC. A PwC Scholarship is like no other. Not only do you gain the opportunity to pursue a university degree, but you are also set on the path to becoming a CPA with a support network that is unparalleled. This is a great firm to start and build your career at. While the work can be challenging, there are also a lot of opportunities to socialize, be involved in the community, and grow both personally and professionally.