As a Core Assurance Partner, I am responsible for providing an opinion on company financial statements. I am also the point person for understanding our client’s challenges and helping them to meet them. I bring the value of the entire firm to our clients across all lines of service at PwC.
Earning a degree in Mathematics helped me to develop an analytical mind which is crucial to solving our client’s problems. I have developed the ability to problem solve by breaking down a complex issue and solving it step by step. Additionally, higher mathematics requires a fair amount of creativity, especially when faced with ambiguity. More specifically, I have been able to understand the mechanics and formulas underlying complex calculations, like bond amortization, in a way that others cannot.
In the past and present, we have clearly met our client’s needs and challenges; however, adding diversity in how we think and approach problems is very beneficial. The way I look at a problem might be different than someone with a traditional business background, and that diversity is crucial to our team’s success.
One thing I love about PwC is the continuous learning. Our clients and the industries within which they operate are constantly changing so I am learning something new each day. I began with a Math background, but was able to leverage this knowledge to develop business skills. Later in my career, I developed communication and negotiation skills. These two skills are essential in my role as a partner.
I like to see diverse thinkers come through the pipeline. My advice for students is to really try your best to diversify your experience. School is such a great place and provides you with the opportunity to learn about a lot of different things: Math, English, Psychology, etc.
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