By Drew Danko
1) Where are you working next year and what is your position?
I will be working at PwC next year in their Core Forensics Services under Advisory in the Downtown Chicago office. I will be doing forensic accounting, which incorporates a lot of different types of projects ranging from anti-corruption, investigations, disputes, and more.
2) What made you decide to work at PwC?
Over the past few years, I have participated in the PwC Challenge case competition, the Elevate Leadership Conference, and interned in forensic services. Through all of those experiences, I really enjoyed all of the people I met as well as the culture and environment of the firm. I also really enjoyed the types of projects and work that was offered though the forensics area. Throughout my internship, the firm did a really nice job of letting us explore all of the different areas within our line of service. This showed me the type of work I would potentially be doing. With the strong culture and interesting work, I decided to work at PwC.
3) What makes you most excited about working at PwC?
I really enjoyed the mentorship aspect of the firm as well as the people. At PwC, we were given a relationship partner, coach, mentor, and Illini mentor. Having so many people interested in my development makes me excited to see how much I can learn within the firm and further develop my skills. I am also excited to reconnect with all of my co-workers and other interns from last summer as well as look forward to the types of projects I will be staffed on throughout my time with the firm.
4) What has been your favorite moment of Business Council?
My favorite thing about BC is the people. I really enjoyed getting to know people in the Council each year and making some of my closest friends. For the last four years, I have lived will BC members, hung out with BC members, and learned from and mentored members. Building connections and learning from everyone in the Council has been favorite part of being in Business Council.
5) What is the best thing Business Council has given you?
I would say the best things BC has given me is opportunities and an expanded network. Since being in the Council, I have had countless opportunities for leadership and to develop myself as an individual. When first joining BC, I never imagined myself leading a committee or being on the exec board, but the high amount of encouragement and opportunities to build various leadership skills definitely helped me develop as person throughout my four years in BC. I would also say the network BC provides is also great. Since being in BC, I have made tons of friends as well as connected with so many people of all ages. One of the coolest things about my internship last summer is that I already knew three of the people on my project team since they were once in BC. So, the vast amount of connections you make in the Council can really be beneficial in many ways.
6) What are you going to miss most about Business Council and college in general?
One of the things I am going to miss most is the BC family and friends. Being in school makes it so much easier to hang out with friends since we are all on similar schedules and live so close to one another. I am also going to miss the BC events and hanging with the BC family every week at each random BC event or even randomly seeing people everywhere on campus.
7) Is there anything you are nervous about moving into the real world?
One of the things I am nervous about is making a good impression at work. I know the real world can be a competitive environment at times and I hope to continue to make a good impression in the work that I do in continuation from my internship. I also worry and look forward to the consistently changing work of this area and being able to learn the new skills needed for each project.
8) What advice would you give to younger students?
I would say try everything and challenge yourself. Since being in school, I have done so many things I would have never thought I could do before joining BC or coming to U of I. For example, my sophomore year, a few BC members (Filip, Tots, and Grant) asked me to do the PwC case competition. I knew little about what a case competition even was at the time, but just going for it and trying it with them ultimately lead me down the path of winning that competition with them and working at PwC. So, I would say try everything and anything you are interested in and don’t limit yourself to what you think you can do. Take advantages of all the opportunities you have in and outside of BC.