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Alumni Spotlight; 1st Class Holder Joe Migwi Set to Work at PwC

Joe Ihure Migwi, a 2017 Bachelor of Commerce (BCOM) graduate, expresses his joy after sailing through entry processes obtaining an offer from Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC); a company he desired to work in since he joined Strathmore University.

The finance and CPA student’s success, at the end of his four year tenure at the university, enabled him to stand out during his interview processes, consequently enabling him to attain a position in the firm under the Assurance Line of Service. He will commence his offer on 1st September 2017.

Joe applied to PwC competing against more than 8,000 applicants, and is among 60 applicants who were absorbed in PWC graduate management trainee programme.

What was the interview process like at PwC?

We attended a series of interviews after being shortlisted from the application process. The first interview was an unsupervised aptitude test, after which the shortlisted candidates attended a supervised aptitude test. After the supervised aptitude test I was lucky to proceed to the group assessments stage. This stage nearly made me give up, but by God’s grace I managed to move to the next stage which was the Managers interview. My interview lasted about an hour and 15minutes. It was so intense I took water breaks. I did enjoy the fact that I was interviewed by one manager so creating a rapport with him was easy.

I passed the managers interview and I was invited for the final interview, a partner’s interview. Again I was interviewed by one partner so relating with him was not that tough and the interview lasted barely 30 minutes. After one month I received a call from the Senior Manager of PwC Human Capital Team congratulating me for being among the shortlisted candidates to join the firm.

How did studying at Strathmore help you with the interview processes?

Generally, having pursued my degree and CPA courses at Strathmore University gave me an upper hand compared to my fellow candidates. I can attest to the fact that most employers prefer students from this university.

Secondly, coming from an environment where we were required to always dress professionally, I did not struggle with my dressing as I already had two pairs of suits.

Also, because of participating in a lot of class presentations, attending career talks organized by the University, and undergoing mock interviews, I was able to express myself confidently through the interview processes.

How did you end up at Strathmore University?

It has been tough. Hailing from Nguviu Boys High School in Embu County, I attained a mean grade of A- in my KCSE national examination. It was my desire to join a good university and after revision of courses, I was offered a chance to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics at a public university. But one evening my dad came across an advert by EABL offering scholarships to Strathmore University. He pestered me to apply for the scholarship and unfortunately, I was not successful in that application but by God’s grace, I got another scholarship offer under the Strathmore merit loan Scheme.

 By getting the scholarship, I had to work hard and the more effort I put in my studies, the less the amount I would need to pay back for the loan as for every high grade I attained, a waiver was put on the loan payment. This propelled me to work hard throughout my course and I am glad I graduated with a 1st class.

Congratulations to Joe on his great success and we wish him the best as he ventures on to this new journey.