My name is Cathy Wilks and I am a Senior Manager in our Data Assurance team at PwC. I have always worked within the data analytics space and moved to PwC five years ago from another data consultancy. My role is to help clients solve challenges that they are facing with their data, which as you can imagine, keeps me very busy!
There is no typical day which is what I love about my role! In general I am out with clients the majority of the time understanding what their challenges are and creating innovative ways in which data can be used to solve those challenges. I also manage engagements that we are currently delivering and provide coaching and mentoring to team members.
There are two things I really enjoy about my role and it's difficult to choose just one. The first is leading our team and seeing them develop and thrive. The second is in finding the right technical solution to solve a client's issue and in seeing the positive changes in their business as a result of our support.
I am out with clients the majority of the time understanding what their challenges are and creating innovative ways in which data can be used to solve those challenges
I did a PhD in theoretical particle physics and enjoyed the problem solving and logical thought required, but didn't feel there was enough tangible benefit or interaction with people for me to be satisfied. A career in data assurance gave me the perfect blend of technical and interpersonal challenges.
My role now is primarily focused on building relationships with clients and making sure that our technical solutions are delivered to high quality. The skills required for this are interpersonal skills, leadership qualities and a good technical mindset. Also, my role is incredibly busy so the ability to be organised, juggle multiple priorities and remain calm under pressure is a must!
The best advice I have been given is to be yourself and focus on your own job. You can spend a lot of time looking at others and worrying about what they are doing and how they are progressing; that effort is much better placed focusing on your own career!