I studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama and earned a BA (Hons) in Theatre Practice (Prodution Lighting)
As an ex-theatre technician and someone who works in Technology and Investments at PwC, technology is obviously an interest of mine! Aside from that, my interests are gaming, theatre, and being surrounded by nature.
I worked as a freelance theatre technician after leaving university and joined PwC after a decade in the theatre industry. The most difficult interview question I have been asked was “Why do you want to leave the theatre industry?”
For me, theatre was an exciting industry, but I want to work somewhere with better career prospects, a small and friendly team that I can really get to know, and a company with real industry leadership and presence.
I was asked up front about my disability and if I needed any accommodations for my interview, and I was open about that. All PwC offices are step-free, so that wasn’t an issue for me at all. I’d always advise people to be open about their disability – if a potential employer won’t make accommodations during recruitment, they won’t make them if they employ you either. All offices are step-free, and PwC offer flexible working, which really helps people with disabilities. At the moment while we’re all working from home, that is working exceptionally well for me. I found while working in the office, it was the commute, and that was affected by my disability, leaving me feeling pretty exhausted at the end of the day.
I chose PwC as my sister-in-law worked at PwC and recommended the job to me. She speaks very highly of the organisation, and of course, PwC is a recognised leader in its industry and is a great place to establish oneself and grow professionally.
As a senior associate in the Technology Investments Group on a day to day basis, I tend to do operational work, administration and technical work (e.g. video editing). I enjoy the day-to-day challenges and the satisfaction of a smooth-running team.
My proudest achievement at PwC is helping to organise and then run all the presentation slides and videos for our virtual team day. The day was a huge success, and we’ve had excellent feedback. It’s really helped the team connect, and the virtual nature of the event didn’t detract from the impact of the day. I felt like I really made a difference in helping the event be a success.
As a result of my disability, it has made me more adaptable and flexible. I’ve learnt to adjust and change how I approach things, and I’m constantly re-evaluating how I do things in order to make them more efficient. That’s tied to needing to ensure that the places I go are accessible, routes I take are stress-free, and I’m not too exhausted by travelling.
My advice is that big corporate firms aren’t all scary places to work, and practice being adaptable and flexible, but also don’t compromise when you need something to accommodate your disability. Don’t struggle with steps if they cause you pain or exhaust you, because it’s in everyone’s interest that you’re healthy and mentally alert to do your job.