Amy joined PwC at the start of 2020, six weeks before the UKs first national lockdown. After a fairly traditional in person induction with her Sales and Marketing colleagues, she soon found her role in the Events team changing overnight. Amy’s role involves organising company-wide events for both colleagues and clients.
“Like many I’ve found lockdown difficult, but learning a new job and pivoting to a completely virtual events schedule was a particular challenge. Fortunately I’ve had a lot of support from my peers and leaders, who have recognised that I’ve been juggling work and supporting my 2 year old daughter at home.”
Alongside her role in the Events team, Amy has taken the opportunity to become involved with a number of networks within PwC. Practising Judaism, Amy keeps Shabbat from Friday night to Saturday night and has found a great community of others within PwC who also follow the faith.
Shabbat typically lasts 25 hours and is considered family time in Amy’s household. On Shabbat you can’t do any work or activity which includes the use of electronics or cooking. For Amy and her husband this gives them the opportunity to be present together and often Saturdays involve playing imaginary games with their daughter, relaxing by reading, and in nice weather getting out to the park.
With growing numbers of PwC colleagues joining our Faith networks it’s raised awareness of different practices and opens up conversations to help educate others.
“I keep kosher and keep shabbat so I need to finish early on a Friday. I talk about my faith openly with my team and have found that by doing so others have also shared about their own faiths and it then becomes an authentic two-way conversation. In turn I feel like I can be my whole self at work, and can be me.”
Off the back of these conversations about her faith one of Amy’s biggest surprises is how much people care about her and the practicing of her faith.
“I was sent a bottle of Kosher Prosecco by one of my stakeholders. I was so touched by the effort she had gone to; I can’t imagine it happening in any of my previous jobs.”
As an advocate for our Faith Networks and our Inclusion and Diversity events, Amy was pivotal in creating the recent ‘Inclusion and Diversity guidance’ which is due to be adopted for UK Events. Amy is excited to see her guidance being put into practice.
We asked Amy how she’d describe her PwC career so far; varied, inclusive and virtual.
“I think it’s so important to look at what’s happening around us and look to see how we can make it a better place for everyone. My parents are South African and grew up in the apartheid era; my father was arrested in his late teens for tutoring a group of black children. In their early 20s my parents moved to the UK but that sense of inequality has always been present and something I was always aware of growing up.
It’s one of the reasons I joined the Jewish Network and am heavily involved in PwCs Inclusion work. For me, it’s important everyone has access to the same opportunities, treated equally and a shared respect. This also includes individuals faith.”
Outside of work Amy and her husband have recently moved into a new home, so evenings are spent on redecorating.
“My friends would describe me as hard working, thoughtful and organised - which is good as I need all those qualities to juggle my role and working on our home improvements!”