Join the workforce, fit for purpose, says PwC’s Leighton McKnight

Kingston, Jamaica, 28 March 2018 – Amidst growing changes in the global and local workforce, “being prepared for the future of work will be one of the most important steps in achieving Jamaica’s Vision 2030,” said, Leighton McKnight, Territory Leader, PwC Jamaica.

Leighton was speaking at the University of Technology’s Annual Students’ Conference hosted by the School of Business Administration on Tuesday (March 27). His pointed presentation included practical advice to the group who were mostly final year students pursing degrees in business and management. “Your degree makes you trainable, but to succeed in a competitive work environment, you’ll need to be fit for your purpose. To do this you have to be prepared to learn on the job, be adaptable and upskill as you progress in your career.  You’ll also have to be clear on three things to succeed in your career choice: what you like to do, what you can do and what can give you the lifestyle you desire.”

In the meantime, Leighton’s main message – people are at the centre of PwC’s purpose, outlined areas of focus for PwC and how they tie back into some of the outcomes listed in Vision 2030. “Our people and how we recruit, train and advance them is one of the most important elements of the work we do.  A PwC professional anywhere can work in any firm across the global, and that is part of how the brand operates. Because of this, the time and attention we commit to focusing on, engaging and developing our people is one of the most important things that we do.”

In addition to keeping people at the centre, Leighton outlined three other areas of focus for PwC. He noted that PwC firms across the globe all have the same quality standards in all four areas:

  • Keeping people at the centre
  • Providing consistent and ongoing training
  • Using technology to drive operations
  • Nuturing innovation – re-imagining the possible

“These four areas are all linked, investing in and engaging our people, deploying cutting edge technology, and innovating.  They happen to also link back to some of the Vision 2030 outcomes.  And so PwC is doing a number of things that will ultimately help achieve Jamaica’s Vision 2030” Leighton added.

Leighton McKnight, Territory Leader, PwC Jamaica speaking at the University of Technology’s  Annual Students’ Conference hosted at the Jamaica Conference Centre on Tuesday, March 27 2018.
Leighton McKnight, Territory Leader, PwC Jamaica speaking at the University of Technology’s Annual Students’ Conference hosted at the Jamaica Conference Centre on Tuesday, March 27 2018.

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