Isabelle Ng One Firm Services – X-Venturer Associate

Which university did you go to? What was your major?I graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Accounting and Finance, followed by a Master of Science in Accounting at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Is PwC your first job?Yes, it is.

What did you learn during your first year at PwC?My first rotation was in Assurance, during which I gained technical skills such as substantive testing on the job, along with soft skills through daily client interactions and working closely with seniors. As I moved on to Consulting, the required skill set was more on independent thinking, research and writing and presentation skills. My first year at PwC has taught me how to adapt to different tasks at hand, and how to be proactive in engaging with clients and colleagues every day.

How would you describe what you do every day on the job?In Assurance, work ranges from vouching, obtaining bank confirmations and reconciling cash and bank balances, to testing the consolidation process and more. Throughout each engagement one can better understand the whole audit process and the fundamentals of each procedure. For consulting, tasks vary from business development projects to research on tax laws, or government policies and regulations.

What interests you most at work?The changeability in work; each engagement or project brings new challenges and perspectives. The great thing is that each day can be very different, so you learn more!

What was the most adventurous/memorable thing you have done in the last year with PwC?The most memorable thing I’ve done since joining is being part of Books and Beyond, an English teaching program at various primary schools. The sports and volunteering activities which PwC supports helps us to grow stronger, as one firm and also as one society.

To you, how does the ‘Opportunity of a lifetime’ apply to working at PwC?With the network and resources available at PwC, and most of all the talent of people, possibilities are endless, as long as you take the initiative to set out for what you want to achieve here.

What are some key things that have helped you achieve your career goals at PwC?A key thing at PwC is the people: I feel that the support of fellow seniors from each job, insights from other colleagues and PwC initiatives such as having a career coach have helped to motivate and guide me on my professional development.

What motivates you to come to work every morning?The ability to learn something new each day, work with great people, and being in a supportive environment which pushes me to excel every day.

What do you value most about your experience at PwC? The opportunity to work in different lines of service, which not only allows greater interaction with clients and colleagues, but also an all rounded perspective when solving problems for a client, and performing a range of technical and soft skills.

What would be your top 3 tips for success for applying to PwC?Firstly, research on PwC and be prepared to explain what areas interest you most or how your personality, job skills and experience make a good fit for the job. Secondly, make sure you look presentable on the day, so you can feel more confident and relaxed. Last but not least, be authentic, enjoy the process and don’t forget to smile!