I recently finished working on the banking project I was assigned to which was interesting in that we were brought in order to assist in the development of the bank’s risk management processes in response to a specific risk. This project allowed me to develop knowledge in area I would have had very little experience in up to now and I’ve no doubt the experience will stay with me.
I have now started working in PwC’s International & Domestic Business team on an audit for a high-profile client of PwC. This is a large indigenous Irish manufacturing company which has expanded exponentially in the last few years through acquisitions in the US and Europe. I’m working on the Impairment testing section of the audit at the moment which involves reviewing the client’s balance sheet valuation of their assets and divisions to gain comfort over these valuations. We test these valuations by reviewing management’s assumptions in valuing these assets and stress test these assumptions under a variety of scenarios.
I requested this secondment to our Assurance line of service as I wanted to get experience working on an audit for a traditional manufacturing company. You might recall that last year I worked on an Asset Management audit so, as you can imagine, this is a completely different experience.
I am delighted to be getting experience working with such a variety of clients across different industries. These secondments demonstrate the flexibility you have in deciding on the direction of your own career within PwC. While it may not always work out immediately, the firm will always try their best to support you if you have a strong desire to work with a particular client, industry or line of service. The firm allows you to take control of your own progression.
This is something which I feel is unique to PwC. I’ve had first-hand experience working in different roles with a variety of clients both in Ireland and abroad. A lot of these projects are ones which I specifically requested with colleagues of mine going out of their way in order facilitate my requests.
This broad experience is exactly what I’m looking for at this early stage in my professional development.