Written by: Kelly Straniero
As I mentioned before in my Ernst & Young post, I was lucky enough to attend two leadership conferences with Ernst & Young and Pricewaterhouse Coopers during my time with ArcelorMittal. The world of public accounting is uncharted water to me so any chance I get to learn more about the Big 4, I take.
PwC’s Elevate program took place in their Cleveland office and there were only 12 students like myself. I liked being in the actual office because it was an real view of what a typical Monday is like during the summer. The day was split up into two parts: an office presentation followed by a team building cooking class at Sur La Table. PwC rocked the office part of the day by talking about Social Styles. I had no idea was a social style was but two professionals had all of us take tests to determine if we were Expressive, a Driver, Amiable, and Analytical. They then explained the characteristics of each and showed us the pros and cons of each type. I found this to be so useful for when I am working in groups with people!! I am an expressive which means I like to talk about what we need to do and lay out all options, however I struggle with more analytical people who just dive in and do it. We spent the entire morning on these different styles and I can definitely take this knowledge with me through school.
We finished the day at Sur La Table, an instructional kitchen about 15 minutes from the office. We made everything ourselves with fresh ingredients: Caesar dressing with homemade buttery croutons, pizza dough for crispy pepperoni pizza, and gooey chocolate lava cake. It was the best meal I have ever eaten! And it was a great way to connect with the other students and PwC professionals in a new, less formal environment.
Both companies had exceptional programs and really did a great job of giving aspiring public accountants a taste of life in the Big 4.