I am an undergrad from Toronto Canada currently working at PwC Advisory (within Risk Advisory) as an intern. The culture at PwC is great, and the partner is keen on supporting me through getting my CA (Chartered Accountant) designation. I only reason why I want to pursue the designation is because it can add value to my career by opening up many different doors, and also that I will have something to fall back on.
However, the job mostly consists of designing and testing internal controls (both business process and ITGCs) and it seems very dry and dull. The reason why I am still here is because I can gain some experience on the Advisory side while still studying for my CA designation, getting a taste of both worlds. I have also learned that PwC Advisory is growing at a very fast pace in recent years, and are trying to grow their consulting practice. In terms of market space, PwC will be in the layer between the MBBB and the Deloitte, Accenture, IBM etc., so it will be mostly involved with helping companies with the "HOW" in a strategic plan rather coming up with the strategy or doing full-scale implementation. So it seems like an exciting time to be part of this growth, even though I'm at the bottom of the ladder.
I've been reading a lot of posts on the forum lately and based on the work I am doing now, I want to move into something a bit more strategic and consulting in nature. Since I am still an undergrad right now, I'm thinking of these 2 options:
1) Start with PwC after graduation (2008). Work for 3 years in Advisory, while picking up a CA designation. Work my a** off for a top 5 MBA. Then try to switch into Finance or Consulting.
2) Hunt for a job after graduation. Hopefully work for a place like Deloitte Consulting / ACN Consulting for 2-3 years. Get an MBA, and then hope to switch into a more strategic role.
I know that both options look similar, but the difference is that I have no experience prior to PwC and PwC is pretty much willing to have me back after grad (so I don't have to look for a job elsewhere). Otherwise, I'll still have to worry about landing a job with a good firm and who knows what will happen at that point.
Would PwC be a good way to get into the consulting world? Or should I take a risk and give up PwC (and the CA designation) and look for other more consulting-related work?