Technology Careers

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How did your undergraduate STEM classes prepare you for your work at PwC?

My STEM classes taught me how to learn quickly and tailor my knowledge to unique problems. Each day at PwC, I apply my knowledge in new ways. In college, engineering professors challenged us to stretch our imagination of how we could apply what we learned. This is a skillset I use often in my career. Within Technology Consulting, I specialize in Cybersecurity. Currently, I am working on a configuration overview to help my client meet new industry regulations. We are helping our client meet compliance requirements and mitigate security risks. We are applying what we already know how to do in new ways to provide the best client service that we can.

Tell me about the problems you are/were trying to help clients solve?

At PwC, I have had the opportunity to work on a variety of different projects. My first project was a cybersecurity program and configuration assessment. We helped the client understand the strengths and weaknesses of their cybersecurity program and provided recommendations for improving their weak points in order to catch up to industry peers. My next project was an identity management platform enhancement. We helped the client improve their existing SailPoint IdentityIQ implementation to better manage users, their roles, their access, and the integration between various enterprise business applications, such as SAP, Active Directory, and Office 365. Another project I worked on was a Data Loss Prevention expansion. We helped the client extend protection to USB and email traffic monitoring and SharePoint scanning for sensitive data such as Social Security numbers and credit card numbers, mitigating risk of sensitive data loss.

How does your academic background shape your perspective in your role at PwC?

My academic background has prepared me very well for the technical aspects of my job. Leveraging my engineering knowledge has helped me advance in my career and define my personal brand.

What skills would set students apart?

Adaptability and interpersonal skills. Adaptability, because we are solving problems in a constantly changing world. Interpersonal skills, because in client service, we are always meeting new people and consulting requires both fast-paced analytics and sharp social skills.

Final thoughts or words of advice for students?

PwC presents a unique opportunity for STEM professionals to take a business route to technical solutions. Working as a consultant will give you a new perspective on how companies approach technology solutions, and you’ll learn how to make a business case for any technology project you wish to pursue. PwC encourages its professionals to rethink the old way of doing things and provides a work environment where you can learn something new every day.

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