Technology Careers

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How did your undergraduate STEM classes prepare you for your work at PwC? What are you currently working on?

In Risk Assurance, we are required to have a strong understanding of our client’s end to end business processes, as well as how they use IT to facilitate the delivery of products and services to their customers. My STEM classes helped me recognize the criticality of accounting and IT in the business world.

Tell us about the problems you are trying to help solve for clients?

Our focus is risk. We design and implement work programs to help our clients identify and manage risk surrounding their finances, operations, and regulatory environment.

Describe the kind of data you are analyzing.

My group focuses on any data that can have a direct (or downstream) impact on our client’s financial performance. Some examples could include data from Sales, Operations, HR, or Financial Reporting functions. If it could affect our organization’s bottom line or can offer an explanation about our clients’ unique circumstances, then data is relevant to Risk Assurance.

How does the work you are doing utilize your STEM skills?

I leverage my coding, telecommunications, and database engineering skills on a daily basis to perform assessments of our clients’ IT environments. My knowledge has served me well on a number of Cybersecurity, Privacy, and Financial projects.

Tell us about a typical day for you?

A typical day at PwC might start with modeling an organization’s core business processes to identify inefficiencies and opportunities for improvement. I might continue with using revenue or customer data to analyze trends and outliers that draw our attention to areas with high financial and business risk. My day almost always ends with inspecting some sort of program code for systems that generate data that our clients (and PwC teams) rely on as they make decisions.

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

My dual background in accounting and IT allows me to bridge the communication gap that sometimes occurs between business and technology functions within organizations. Being able to speak both languages gives me a unique value proposition when delivering client services.

What have you learned from your experiences?

I have a profound appreciation for leveraging the knowledge and experience of others in my group. Given the very technical nature of our work, seeking proper coaching and guidance is very critical for development at PwC. It helps to work with people who can help me reach answers to challenging issues.

Final thoughts or words of advice for students?

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us to understand how a STEM-based career at PwC could look for you. We take our “Grow Your Own Way” motto very seriously!

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