I applied for the PwC Ignite programme to build on the technology and business skills I started developing during a Business Analyst accelerator course last year. Before the pandemic hit, I had been in the travel industry for 27 years, 16 of which were spent running my own travel business. The experiences I've had in the travel industry have taught me to be a good listener, relate well to people from a wide range of cultures, anticipate customer needs and deliver on their expectations.
Since joining the Ignite programme, I’ve enjoyed getting to know the different parts of the business while working towards a Functional Consultant Microsoft certification. I’ve also been involved in PwC’s Hauora (health) practice. I’ve enjoyed meeting with different community leaders and getting an insight into their workplaces and being responsive to their needs. I'm invested in the team’s guiding principle of ‘rangatiratanga’. For me this means helping to create opportunities for clients to lead and create change that will transform the health and wellbeing of our community.
I’m a strong advocate for the growth of Māori and Pasifika in the tech space. Having been involved in a Trust for a few years which aims to empower women, promoting leadership and jobs, because having a career in tech can help Pasifika families close the wage and poverty gap. It’s exciting to now be part of this growth.
What I enjoy the most about working at PwC is that I’m faced with new challenges everyday. I’m constantly learning and I’ve been engaged in interesting projects from the start. The opportunity to connect with clients has been valuable and aligns well with one of my values of being of service to the community, serving with empathy and respect. A well known proverb in samoan is “O le ala i le pule or le tautua”, meaning the pathway to leadership is through service and the values we demonstrate, not only to our clients but to each other, reaffirms my decision to join PwC.