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Aimee Desmond, Senior Associate in Assurance, PwC

Aimee Desmond, Senior Associate in Assurance, PwC

What does your job involve?

The main things I do on a daily basis are planning and performing audits, reviewing and preparing financial statements, usually working in teams. I would also spend a lot of time working with the client on their site.

What skills are important to be successful?

You need to be hard working. There can be times when you have a deadline or you need to work a bit of overtime. Also it's important to have a good attention to detail so you need to be a good problem solver and have a good eye for detail. Good communication and people skills are required as you work a lot with people so it's important to get along with people and be comfortable in communicating.

What does your job involve?

The main things I do on a daily basis are planning and performing audits, reviewing and preparing financial statements, usually working in teams. I would also spend a lot of time working with the client on their site.

What skills are important to be successful?

You need to be hard working. There can be times when you have a deadline or you need to work a bit of overtime. Also it's important to have a good attention to detail so you need to be a good problem solver and have a good eye for detail. Good communication and people skills are required as you work a lot with people so it's important to get along with people and be comfortable in communicating.

What do you love about your job?

I'm always doing something new every day and there are a lot of opportunities. I went to Canada for two months and worked in the PwC Montreal office, so I got a great opportunity there to travel and work abroad. It has a lot of young people with a good social culture with lots of events going on. There is a good balance between work and the social side.

What advice would you give a first year student?

Go for everything you can in college. Get involved with everything you can as it will build life skills that you will use in your career. In college I did a lot of work in the Accounting and Finance society. I was heavily involved in organising events and meeting with potential future employers. It was great to meet people as a student and get an idea of what I would actually be doing or what I was interested in doing when I left college because sometimes it can be a hard decision to make.

What was your 'career break'?

In my third year of college we got the opportunity of placement and I realised that I really liked PwC. I found it a great environment to work in. Everyone was really supportive and helpful and I realised it was something that really suited me and somewhere I felt really comfortable. It was on that basis that I decided to apply for my graduate position with PwC.

How important is a professional qualification?

Professional qualifications are really important. Obviously sometimes it gives you an edge above other people that may not have a professional qualification. It's also a great stepping stone in terms of your career. For future employers, it looks really well on your CV. Also it teaches you a lot of really good skills such as time management and working under pressure. It shows an employer that you can make decisions in a pressurised environment. If you want to travel, a lot of my friends have gone to Australia and Canada; because professional qualifications are recognised globally they can go wherever they want and live out their travelling dreams while also still working.