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Grace Shalders. Photo: ANU

Grace Shalders. Photo: ANU

When one chance in turn leads to another

25 February 2019

Every now and then, an opportunity comes along that completely shifts the career direction you were intending to take.

For Grace Shalders, an internship with PwC did just that. Grace is in her final year at the College of Business of Economics (CBE), studying a Bachelor of Business Administration/Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics, and she always imagined that she would follow her studies into the humanities.

“I’ve got a part time job with PwC this year, which is really good feedback. But I also got offered a graduate job with them when I finish, so it’s completely altered the path I had. They had run a few different management consulting events at CBE, which really sparked my interest. It completely shifted my direction because I didn’t think financial services would be so receptive to a primarily arts background, but you bring much more than your degree title to any of those jobs.”

Joining professional ranks

Grace had been looking for something more hands-on to tie in with her studies, and after some conversations with CBE academics, decided to apply to the CBE Internship Program. She attended many of the pre-internship sessions and meetings that CBE runs to improve students’ CVs and give background information on the professional placements and business environment.

“Going to a couple of meetings beforehand with CBE was really helpful. They were lots of help with my resume, and lots of help with how to come to the business environment and not feel like an imposter.”

Challenging work

The work that Grace did with PwC began with editing and reading submissions, but soon she was involved with internal and external audits, making calls to external businesses and tailing colleagues onsite with the client. She also learnt a great deal about the workplace environment.

“PwC don’t have their own desks—they have activity-based work environments. It wasn’t as easy as just sitting in the intern’s desk. I sat next to a partner one day, which was an amazing thing to be able to do. The work was varied and I came out of it feeling like I had, in small ways, really added to these projects and had a chance to flesh out my business acumen.”

More information:

CBE Internship Program

Bachelor of Business Administration

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