Marte is a consultant for PwC Consulting
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How did you get the job?
I applied for the position when I was a student. I had two rounds of interviews, which included case work. While working on the case, I quickly discovered that economists and an analytical approach can be used for more than what I had learned during my years at university.
Despite the fact that I had no plans to be a consultant, PwC stood out. What convinced me was that PWC has a big commitment to the public sector, and a team of people who enjoy building each other up.
What do you think were the most important factors for being offered the job?
I think there are three important factors:
- Good grades from an education that has a high reputation.
- Good references from a relevant part-time job during my studies.
- Most importantly: a genuine interest in the public sector and a desire to make a positive impact.
What are your tasks in your current job?
My consulting work often revolves around “making other people better” - my days often consist of providing our clients with adequate grounds for making good decisions.
As an analyst, my work tasks vary from data collection, modeling, analysis and reporting.
We work closely with our customers and it is exciting to visit clients and experience their everyday lives.
How is the knowledge you acquired through studying economics relevant to your current job?
- The insights gained from my background in economics about how different things in society is connected is fundamental to everything I do in PwC.
- The structured and analytical approach we learned is very useful.
- Model understanding and a good knowledge of econometrics are also a starting point for professional discussions.
Do you have any career advice for new students?
Find something that engages you and make yourself visible. Genuine engagement shows easily and is contagious.
Moreover, do not underestimate the importance of good grades and relevant work experience.
(The interview was originally conducted in Norwegian, and is translated to English).