Before Pablo Escuredo joined PricewaterhouseCoopers, he gained experience as an intern at several leading companies such as Repsol, Ceca Magán Abogados and Indexa Capital. He has now been with PwC for the last year, first as a student intern and then as a full-time finance consultant immediately after. Pablo took some time to share his thoughts with us and offer firsthand insights on how soon-to-be graduates can prepare for the future.
What has your role been during your first year in the position? Any highlights about the experience so far?
During my first year as a consultant at PwC, I’ve had the opportunity to learn from many great professionals. I’ve learned good work habits and have been able to team up with diverse profiles of professionals. This has given me a holistic vision of what it’s like to work on different types of projects. Also, one of the greatest opportunities I’ve had has been working with various types of clients, which has enabled me to learn new client management and project management skills.
What does a typical day look like for you?
One thing I have experienced at PwC is that no two days are ever the same. Every new day offers its own unique experiences and corresponding learnings. You’re always learning something new, whether it’s a technical skill related to your project or more effective ways of working and dealing with clients. This type of firm also provides many other great opportunities for growth, such as working with colleagues from other departments on projects that require interdepartmental support. I would say that teamwork with colleagues and continuous contact with the client are among the essential elements of PwC—and the keys to daily learning.
How did your IE University experience help you secure this opportunity?
IE University has a unique factor that makes it stand out from other institutions: IE Talent & Careers. The fact that this team was present and supportive throughout the entire program—from my first year to the last—put me lightyears ahead in terms of career development by graduation.
Another key difference is that the professors at IE University are themselves working professionals, holding key leadership positions in many of the companies that most students aspire to join. They were able to offer practical, hands-on insights that have proven invaluable in my own career.
In your opinion, how can other students prepare for the PwC recruitment process?
It’s important to remember that, in this selection process, you are one of the many people looking to join PwC. So, you have to show what sets you apart right from the start. As I mentioned before, it is IE University that gives its students that competitive differentiation through its international environment, an emphasis on collaborative hands-on skills via team projects and a highly trained faculty with vast experience in the professional environment. All this, plus the support of the IE Talent & Careers team, of course, will help you stand out.
Any tips to share with other students interested in internships or careers with PwC?
My main advice for current students is to take advantage of all the opportunities IE University provides. Make the most of every seminar and workshop—not only do they offer students more expert knowledge in certain areas, they also teach you a lot about the work environment and help you discover the myriad training opportunities available.