06 July 2014
Dubai - Two accountancy students from the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) have landed their dream job with one of the 'big four' professional services firm, Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC).
Aleena Thomas and Paayel Nagrani have been accepted into the prestigious PwC graduate program, which will see them benefit from a structured three year on-the-job training scheme, leading to permanent roles with the international audit firm.
Both immensely talented yet deeply modest, Aleena and Paayel are still shocked to have been selected for the hugely competitive program,before they have even graduated in Bachelor of Commerce in Accountancy.
Paayel explained, "The professors at UOWD have given us insights into careers in the industry right from the beginning of the program; so by the time we came to apply for jobs, both of us knew that we wanted to join PwC.Realistically we expected it to take us quite some time to get into such an organisation, being six months away from graduating. We didn't imagine we'd progress so far so soon, but when the call for the scheme came out, we just decided to go for it."
The leap of faith paid off for the pair as they made it all the way through the gruelling selection process and are now looking forward to starting asTrainee Associatesin October this year.While Paayel has been a keen accounting student since school, Aleena was new to the numbers game when she joined UOWD.
Aleena revealed, "Coming from a science background I had no idea about the business world. I really needed to take on a new perspective and the UOWD accountancy program helped me grow into the right mindset for the job.
"I knew about the PwC graduate program from last year's career fair and since then it was my ambition to get a place on the scheme. It is an organisation that provides an environment that is positive and nurturing and I believe it's the best place to start a career in this business."
Paayel (20) and Aleena (21) said that support from UOWD faculty, peers and careers team motivated them throughout the four-month journey towards reaching their goal.
Having just completed their final exams, the duois due to receive their BCom Accountancy degrees at UOWD's Autumn graduation ceremony in October.
About the University of Wollongong in Dubai
Established in 1993 by one of Australia's best research and teaching Universities, the University of Wollongong, Australia, UOWD is the first foreign university in Dubai to be licensed by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research. Located in Dubai Knowledge Village, UOWD hosts students from almost 100 nationalities.
Anthony D'Silva, Communicate Gulf (email@example.com)
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