Developing a global mindset is essential if you want to progress in today’s competitive business environment. Experience of working internationally is often seen as critical career experience for reaching senior management levels.
Rachel trained in the UK with a well respected mid-tier firm and qualified in 2000. After all the hard work to get her qualification Rachel decided that an international move would be a good next step in her career.
Having discussed her options, Rachel decided Bermuda fitted what she was looking for: a focus on financial services, entry to the Big Four, and a lifestyle that was very different to living in London.
At the end of her two year contract, Rachel had some choices to make. She was offered the chance to stay on with the firm as a manager and was also offered roles within Big Four firms in Canada, Hong Kong and Australia. As she was really enjoying her work and her location Rachel decided to stay where she was. After only another two years she was promoted to senior manager within the financial services team – a promotion that came far faster than if she had stayed in London.
In her fifth year on the island, a European fund management firm, one of her clients in Bermuda, offered her a position in Paris as an analyst. Her partners were very happy to support the move and she left them on good terms. Two years later, and based on the knowledge and experience gained in Bermuda, Rachel was offered the chance to be a fund manager within the insurance sector.
Rachel decided to return to the UK in 2008 and now runs the sales and marketing team for a Canadian financial services company.
PricewaterhouseCoopers believes mobility benefits everyone. Employees get a richer career experience, the firm gets more rounded business consultants. And clients get people who are better equipped to offer sound, well-informed advice. It’s a win-win situation.
For that reason, the firm actively encourages movement across business areas and countries. Colin Bates, one of PwC’s partners, has certainly made mobility work for him. He says:
“I’ve been at PwC for 11 years now and worked across many different clients, countries and business practices. I started out in Bristol and then, post qualification, moved to a different practice in London before relocating to Germany where I was involved in a significant acquisition. I firmly believe that a wide range of experience develops your skills and brings broader business knowledge – and that’s what clients are looking for. The more you move around, the further you extend your network, external and internal. My advice to others? Think flexibly.”