Current Title and Organization:
Consultant, PricewaterhouseCoopers Major at Colgate
Q&A with John
What is it that you currently do? What are your major responsibilities?
I help insurance companies plan for and implement large-scale transformations. Specifically, I have focused on assisting a large, multi-line insurer plan for the implementation of a software solution that manages compensation for its salespeople. This involved a detailed analysis of the company's data feeds, several interviews with salespeople, as well as the design of an operating model that would support the new system. My day-to-day responsibilities vary by project, and fall anywhere between taking notes to presenting at client meetings.
How can students prepare themselves while at Colgate to work in your field?
Practice writing and speaking - you have the analytical skills you need, but you need to be able to communicate your thought process. You will learn the Excel and PowerPoint skills that you need once you begin working, but nothing can replace solid communication and logic. I suggest taking Logic and doing something like Mock Trial, Debate, or Rhetoric.
What extracurricular activities, associated with your profession or not, were you involved with while at Colgate?
Ski team, Maroon News, Students for Students, Independent Contractor for a software startup, Neuroscience research