We believe that the stronger our communities are, the stronger our clients and our business can be. And strength in our communities starts with a more resilient and diverse workforce. This is why we’re focused on making tools and our people available to help those most at risk of being left behind gain the skills and resources they need to thrive in a digital world.
At the start of most springs, young people turn their attention to what their next step might be. Many start to ask questions like, “What should I do this summer to help me get a full-time job?” or “What classes should I take next year to help me become a nurse/engineer/etc.?” But as the realities of COVID-19 set in this year, schools were forced to close, and many students- especially from underserved communities-no longer had direct access to guidance counselors and mentors who can help guide them.
While the pandemic created a sense of uncertainty for most, through virtual connectivity we are using our experiences and skills to help the next generation prepare to join the workforce by answering questions on platforms like CareerVillage.org.
2,600+ PwC volunteers have provided advice on CareerVillage.org with responses read over 1.3M times
A bright spot during this time has been that young people are still thinking about what comes next, despite COVID-19. We’re answering questions like, “How can I figure out what career is right for me?”, from a 27-year old single mom about to enroll in college.
We believe our country’s rebound from COVID-19 will be linked to the resilience and preparedness of our collective workforce. As stay-at-home orders went into effect, our people stepped up to help make sure that young people still had access to mentors and support. Twice as many PwC people participated in virtual volunteering in March 2020 than the same month of the previous year.
“When I first moved to the United States as a teenager, I had many questions about college and potential career opportunities. While I was lucky enough to have great mentors, I look back and wish I had known more. I became involved because I know how hard it can be to find information about an educational or career path. I’ve had the fortune of gaining diverse experiences and knowledge during my career, and I am eager to share what I learned with others.”