PwC’s HeadStart programme provides students with meaningful career opportunities,
giving them hands-on industry experience and developing their professional and
interpersonal skills through co-op, internship, scholarship and associate programmes.
Since 2008, the PwC HeadStart programme has hired more
than 80 full-time Bermudians, including Keiran Hamilton
and Tamae Campbell. Keiran is an experienced associate in
insurance/reinsurance, who has recently completed his US
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam, and Tamae is a manager
in asset management.
Here they share their career journeys at PwC and how they have
achieved personal and professional success.
Why did you join PwC after university?
KEIRAN: I attended a number of PwC networking events before I
graduated. Everyone stressed how much support PwC provides to
individuals undertaking their CPA exams and how the partners are
dedicated to creating a flexible work culture which emphasises work/
How did you decide that accounting was the
TAMAE: I took an accounting course while I was in high school and
it came naturally to me. I decided that it would be a good career
given I enjoyed it and there were so many opportunities available in
Bermuda and around the world.
I read about PwC’s HeadStart programme in the newspaper and
thought it was a great place to start my career at a reputable, well
established, professional services firm.
What was it like studying and working at the
KEIRAN: Trying to be successful in both is definitely a challenge.
PwC was very supportive of my study and work goals and provided
a number of resources which helped to balance my schedule and
allowed me to pass all of my CPA exams.
TAMAE: Time management and prioritisation of study was key,
which meant learning to be more efficient at work to accommodate
my study schedule, while maintaining my work performance.
The managers and partners at PwC were very supportive in this process,
whether it meant allowing study leave, a flexible work day or spending
time outside work to help me study. It was hard work, but passing my
exams was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
What is the main reason you have stayed at
KEIRAN: Without a doubt, the main reason I have stayed with the
firm is the people. Everyone is very approachable, whether it’s my
manager, an associate from a different team or our territory leader, I
feel comfortable going to anyone with a concern knowing that they
will be willing to help me find a solution.
Describe your ‘flexibility’ journey at the firm.
TAMAE: My team has always been willing to accommodate flexibility
and has demonstrated trust in me to balance my responsibilities.
This has continued to grow as I have become more senior within the
organisation and, with flexibility being embedded into PwC’s culture,
I have been able to offer the same benefits to my own teams.
What extracurriculars are important to you?
KEIRAN: I am currently on the national volleyball team. I also take
part in theatre productions, and participate in PwC’s many corporate
responsibility initiatives, such as Endeavour community sailing, and
still try to have a social life.
There’s an understanding within the teams that everyone has their
own passions outside work and we try to find the best way to make
sure that we get the work done without having to compromise our
Open discussions with our managers about our schedules outside
work help the team work more efficiently and productively while we
are in the office.
How do you ensure your team have the
flexibility they need?
TAMAE: I make this a priority at the beginning of a project by meeting
my team upfront to share knowledge about the client, discuss
expectations and work assignments and understand coaching needs.
As part of this, I ensure I understand commitments outside work
that our team members may have so that they may be appropriately
taken into account. All of this helps the team have the flexibility they
need by promoting an effective and efficient working culture.
How do you ensure you maintain flexibility at
the firm, even during busy season?
KEIRAN: You need to remind yourself that you have to have breaks
from work during the day or you will burn out. During busy season,
even if I still have items on my to-do list, I’ll head out in the afternoon
and go to the gym or walk my dog. This means I can return to the
office later that day and get back to work with a clear mind.
What do you hope to achieve within the next
couple of years?
KEIRAN: Personally, I’d like to train further with the men’s national
volleyball team and aim for success overseas. Professionally, I hope
to continue learning about the insurance and reinsurance industries
in Bermuda and eventually gain some overseas exposure in London,
with the hope that one day I’ll bring that knowledge back to the Island.
TAMAE: In the next couple of years, I hope to continue to experience
upward mobility while developing my personal brand and expanding my
network, not only within my industry but within my community as well.
Sum up your PwC experience in three words
KEIRAN: Tough but worthwhile.
TAMAE: Motivating, collaborative, teamwork.
For more information visit www.pwc.com/bermudacareers or reach
out to Kelly DiVuolo at email@example.com. Check out PwC’s
Facebook and LinkedIn pages @PwC Bermuda
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