Student Vanessa Moore said, “We had in mind that coders are just people who sat behind the desk and entered numbers without much real input.
Last month, Moore, a sophomore at Bristol University, had three days of work experience with the PwC technical team. She was surprised, “I was happy to know how influential these people were.”
PwC's Educational Academy program is designed to give 18 students (mostly ingested women) the opportunity to learn about the rapidly developing world of technology within the corporate environment. Despite having an edge in the news, many myths remain about who can technically work, who can and who will do it. Therefore, PwC opened the door to solve some assumptions.
The first thing that stands out to Dasuni Leelasena students is that they don't have to have a background in science, technology, engineering or math (stem) subjects. Leelasena studied law at Warwick University and has been interested in technology since he was a child, but worried that something that isn't “math” would catch her. “I chose law as the lens to introduce technology into,” she says. "I'm interested in interacting with law and technology from talking to PwC employees. I didn't have to have a lens anymore."
In fact, her interest in not having the right skillset was shared by Stem students. Moore, who is studying math, said, “I was a little worried about my lack of computer science, but it became clear that I didn't need it and could participate immediately.”
Leelasena spent the first day of his students in a workshop, “I'm exposed to different areas and seeing how technology works in real life. On the second day, I entered the cyber security department and shadowed the manager to attend the meeting and tell colleagues about what they did. ”
By learning and observing within the working team, students were able to explore not only the subject but also the culture. Anna Banasik, a computer science student at King & # 39; s College London, says she was most surprised by the environment she encountered.
“On day two of the academy, I worked at an emergency crisis response desk. They teamed me up and did what I currently use.
Leelasena had a similar experience, “An employee asked us to send us the research he was doing. Even though we were first and second year college students, we didn't feel valued and loved it. ”
Anu Pothakamuri, a math and finance student at City University and Kas Business School, says that students can explore all aspects of technology. “There was so much I didn't know that I had the opportunity to ask what I wanted.
“We received a presentation in the Dragons & # 39; Den style on the third day, and we had to plan the time to get ready for the calendar as we do at work. It was really nice to have never done it before. And our group actually won. ”
The program helped students explore their interests, but PwC kept an eye on potential new employees. Based on their experience, students are invited to an internship or graduate job interview at PwC, depending on their degree level.
Sarah Martins, who studies Spanish and business at Durham University, put a shadow on cybersecurity. “I will definitely apply to PwC for summer internships in cybersecurity and forensics,” she says. "I thought subjects like technology risk or consulting would be of interest to me before I started, but cybersecurity is much more diverse, but I don't think it will."
I'm looking forward to applying to PwC. “Whether I'm taking a job depends on the position I offer, but I'm going to interview. Put it in another area while the program is running. ”
Banasik is considering becoming an independent contractor and blockchain expert after having previously settled for himself at a blockchain company in Singapore. She appreciates being able to talk to PwC's technical experts. “The best thing is openness to networking. The environment was really healthy and had a lot of personality. We were able to reach who we wanted to contact and met some women who are doing blockchain work. ”
Moore, who was applying for data analysis, also found the work environment attractive and inspiring the attitudes of the employees. Passion for what they are doing. Technology is always changing and the people I meet see it as an interesting challenge. ”
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