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What does a tech consultant do?

  • Rebecca Fletcher graduated in 2018 with a first class honours in her Business Management degree from Ulster University.

    She has been working with PwC NI for just under a year as a technology consultant. With the team now hiring for another graduate tech consultant, Sync NI spoke to Rebecca about the role to find out exactly what new applicants can expect.

    What does your typical day look like?

    I do various roles, so everyday varies. From PMO (project management officer) duties such as looking at risks, issues and decisions, to re-planning the project using Microsoft Project, looking at commercials, raising invoices, and updating the MAP file. I also perform testing, which is looking at the clients’ needs and acceptance criteria, writing test scripts and testing to ensure what the developer has built matches that client’s needs. My final role is helping the training work stream; this is by writing material that will be used as reference for those training new starts.

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    Did PwC provide you with training for all of this?

    We had four weeks of consulting training in Latimer, which is a village in England. PwC flew us over and the training included a case study; a real example of what we would be doing when working within consulting. It was also great as we got to know consultants in various departments (not just tech) from all over the UK, allowing us to expand our networks.

    We then went back to Belfast and completed eight more weeks of technology training. It was very engaging and we got lots of hands-on experience. Coming from a degree that was not technology related I was really worried about being out of my depth, but the PwC team taught all capabilities and it’s amazing what you can pick up in such a short period of time. After official 'training' my learning does not stop there, nor will any of the new tech consultants’. You get put onto a project and you’re constantly training while on the job. Everyone on my project is really helpful and appreciative, and they always go out of their way to make sure I am learning every day! 

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    What kind of projects have you been working on? 

    Currently I’m working on supporting a recruitment company, implementing its sales force globally.  I have been on the same project since I finished training and I’m likely to be on it for a couple more months. It is based in London but I work mostly remotely from Belfast. I have been on client site in London for about five times only when needed, in which case PwC flies me over and pays for my accomodation as well. 

    If you are a graduate, or are due to graduate soon, apply for PwC's new graduate tech consultant and find out more info about the role here.

    About the author

    Niamh is a Sync NI writer with a previous background of working in FinTech and financial crime. She has a special interest in sports and emerging technologies. To connect with Niamh, feel free to send her an email or connect on Twitter.

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