PricewaterhouseCoopers, or PwC, as it's come to be known, plans to hire approximately 10,000 people in the U.S. during its 2011 fiscal year -- a 60 percent increase over last year. The firm expects 6,000 of those hires will come from college campuses and 4,000 will be experienced professionals.
This piece of information was included in a press release announcing the winner of an elevator speech contest.
A junior at Arizona State University, was the winner of PwC US's "Best Elevator Pitch Contest" and a $5,000 prize by the way. It may have helped that she was an accountancy and finance major.
As nice as that was and as important as elevator speeches are, the fact that this global audit and assurance, tax and advisory firm is going to increase its hiring over last year seems like a slightly more important fact to focus on.
The PwC network of firms currently employes more than 161,000 people in 154 countries. In 1998, Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand merged to create PricewaterhouseCoopers after originating in London during the mid-1800's.
In the U.S., PwC concentrates on 16 key industries and provides targeted services that include -but are not limited to - human resources, deals, forensics, and consulting services.
Juniors and seniors take note. Firms like PwC all have internship programs which is a great way to get your foot in the door of these companies. Don't wait until you graduate to begin your job search in finance. Those 10,000 jobs are going to go fast and interns will have first dibs.