Today was my first day as a Start Intern for PwC in the Boston office. I arrived to the office at 9:15 am and was directed to the orientation room. Here I was assigned a group and table which I spend the entire day with. I met a lot of people, everyone from different colleges and countries. It was very interesting to see how all of us came from various places, but still were able to make connections. I was able to meet people who knew two languages and were born outside the US, just like me. It was fascinating to see how the differences between us made the culture richer and the experience more enlightening. Moreover, I learned the importance of personal branding and networking. As a new member of the PwC family it is important for me to maintain a high profile, not only because it reflects who I am, but it also reflects upon my school. In one of the presentations they mentioned that it takes a human 7 seconds to make 11 impressions of another person. Thus, it is key to have in mind your personal brand in order to deliver it properly. Furthermore, I learned that it is vital for me to maximize my connections and network with professionals throughout the internship. By talking to different people and constantly meeting more professionals I will be able to learn more about the firm, and accounting. One of my goals this summer is to figure out if I want to pursue an accounting major, thus it is essential that I participate and talk to my PwC coworkers. Finally, to end the day we were given laptops and we spend the afternoon setting up passwords, accounts, and getting to know the PwC technology.
Tuesday June 14th—Hilton Hotel (Atlanta, GA)
After a two long hour flight from Boston I finally made it to Atlanta along with the other Start inters from the Boston office. PwC took us to the hotel were we signed in and grabbed lunch. I was completely mind blown when I got to the conference area in the hotel where all the training was going to be hosted. Every single detail had been thought through, from the activities we did to the chalk walls were we could respond to different prompts. The entire floor was decorated with PwC themed colors and spirit. To be honest I thought that the training was going to be very boring, I impinged all PowerPoints and a lot of presentations, but it was the complete opposite. PwC made this experience memorable. Instead of having slides and presentations the training was designed as a TV show were the host shared many lessons through entertaining metaphors. For example, to teach about teamwork they showed us a Messi Commercial and made people play games with blind folds. The purpose of the training was to produce real time development, through these metaphors and entertaining activities the lessons became more memorable. One of the major takeaways from this entire day was learning how to be comfortable with the uncomfortable. Personally, I very shy and I like to keep myself in the comfort zone. However, in PwC they work a lot with external clients and outside situations so many of the times it is hard to know everything before a meeting or encounter. Therefore, it is important to learn how to manage oneself in an unknown situation and be adaptable towards making with situation comfortable. This is why I have to challenge myself to step out of my comfort zone in order to learn to learn how to work in unexpected or uncomfortable situations.
Wednesday June 15th—Hilton Hotel (Atlanta, GA)
Today was the third day of my internship, and my second day in Atlanta attending training. I had to wake up very early since the activities started in the morning. The first session was all about learning how to work with excel. The approach used by the coaches to teach excel was very efficient. Instead of telling us how to do certain things like Vlookups or pivot charts, our coaches gave us real situations and data to figure out percentages and quantities by applying these excel techniques. By making this learning hands on it was easier to see how the different things one can do in excel are applicable to the real world. This really pushed me to be a thinker and problem solver. Additionally, even though excel is something very individual we conducted a lot of teamwork. In PC I have only taken CAB I so I was not familiar with many things taught to us. Therefore, I reached out to other peers who were more experts in excel to teach me new skills. Moreover, today's sessions also taught me to embrace diversity. As an international student one of the major culture shocks when I arrived to college was how different people saw me. Living in Peru for 10 years, with people who have a very similar culture and point of view as me, has always made me think this is how most people are and think. However, when I got to the US I realized the range of people coming from diverse backgrounds and how different I was from others. PwC strives to embrace diversity in all sense of the word, and begin in this program surrounded by diverse people, it has taught me that having a diverse team can lead to great ideas. The more points of view, the more I will learn. Also it has expanded my way of thinking and has pushed me to be more open minded and accepting of new ideas.
Thursday June 16th—Hilton Hotel (Atlanta, GA)
Today was my last day in Atlanta and in the training. Even though it has been a few days, I feel that I have grown as a person. One thing that I really admire from PwC is how they invest in their people. It is important to consider that they do not sell a product that is stored in a shelf, they sell people, skills, relationships, and trust. Therefore, PwC makes their employees their main priority. As I was reflecting upon my training in Atlanta I realized the amount for thought and work that went into this event and it make me realize that being part of PwC makes you part of a family. I now feel motivated to challenge myself to open up to people and network with professionals from the firm. I believe this training has prepared me to confront the challenges the internship will posses, and has also given me the chance to being connecting with people I will working with this summer.
Friday June 17th—Hilton Hotel (Atlanta, GA)
Today there was no work, PwC hosted their annual Promotion Day in House of Blues in Boston. This event started at 2:00pm and it went until 4:00pm. As inters we were invited to attend, here I reconnected with other start inters and other employees I met in the training. This event celebrated the success and accomplishment of those people in the firm who were offered promotions. Once again, I have been inspired by the care PwC has towards their people.