Want to get an insight into where and what you want to do after graduating?Third year internships might just be your golden ticket to finding that out. Since, the work that you do at the end of your third year tends to reflect heavily on your CV, it becomes highly important that you choose the field you want to work in,wisely.
“Finance and analytics, both need some prerequisite knowledge unlike consulting which tends to be more POR based. Though not completely, which is somewhat in coherence with my life at IIT.” -Mohit Agrawal on his field on choice, consulting.
Read on to find out about Mohit’s internship at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
ABOUT THE COMPANY:
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is a multinational professional services network headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It is the second largest professional services firm in the world, and is one of the Big Four auditors, along with Deloitte, EY and KPMG. Vault Accounting 50 has ranked PwC as the most prestigious accounting firm in the world for seven consecutive years, as well as the top firm to work for in North America for three consecutive years.It focuses mainly on audit and assurance, tax and consulting services.
ABOUT THE INTERN:
He worked in Cyber city. Though his work was quite confidential and he couldn’t possibly disclose the details to the general public, he shared he had to go to the site everyday and was working on a project with an actual client. The work hours were from 0830-1730 with lunch and breakfast breaks in between. The office environment was quite ‘chill’. The company wanted to retain the interns and made sure that they work hard enough. Therefore, it did a lot to make them feel comfortable.
The CGPA cut-off was around 7-7.5, followed by a written test that comprised of mental ability and other content that might be asked in competitive exams such as CAT. Further, he was shortlisted on the basis of his CV. The CVs comprise of many sections such as PORs, internships, ECAs, academics etc, which are equally important for this round. After this, the final selection was done through the interview. In this round, they mainly ask questions related to one’s experiences. For example, he mentioned being the cultural secretary. The interviewer asked him about the events organised, problems faced and their solutions. They also talked a bit about his previous internship.
HOW TO PREPARE?
The courses in IITD aren’t much in coherence with consulting, apart from of a few DMS courses which help out a bit. Therefore, one has to prepare on his/her own. Mohit’s preparation centred towards the interview. He read various books for case studies, guesstimates etc. For example, in the interview round, he was asked to quantify confidence. There was no specific answer to this one, it was a guesstimate. They expected him to start thinking strategically, step by step and without any leaps.
Mohit suggested that the CV should be made precisely, as it tends to serve as the first barrier. Also, one should have a thorough understanding of one’s CV and nothing false should be mentioned. He mentioned that case preps are very important and are generally better done in groups and one should definitely form such. Lastly, reading is very important. Though CG is not generally very important for consulting internships, having a CG greater than 8.5 makes one stand apart from the crowd.
Article by:Aditya Amrit,Anukriti Yadav