Following her BA (Hons) in Accounting Kate Madigan started a three year graduate programme with one of Ireland's largest professional services firms, PWC
What are you doing now?
I am currently doing a three and a half year graduate programme at PWC in the Waterford office.
What is you current role at PWC?
I am a assurance associate.
Where are you living now?
I'm currently living in Waterford at the moment, so it was very handy getting a job right at home.
What school did you go to?
I went to the Presentation Primary and Secondary School in Waterford.
Why did you choose WIT/ Waterford?
I chose WIT because I was trying to find a business course, I was not sure if I wanted to specialise in accountancy. It wasn’t until later in my Leaving Cert that I decided that accountancy was for me. So I looked around to all the colleges and saw that WIT offered the best exemption programme. The programme was only three years, it was a short degree so I knew I would be well able for it. One of the bonuses was that I got to stay at home. It’s got a great reputation and my class was quite small. The lectures really helped us out all the way. I feel like it was just a great college to be a part of.
What stands out for you about your experience at WIT?
Just the one-to-one discussions with the lecturers really, I got to know all of them and the fact that they actually knew me by my name was fantastic. They help you through your exams and even after your done college they're always willing to help. That really helped me while I was in college.
What advice would you give someone considering doing the same course you did?
I would say definitely do it and work hard, it is a tough degree and once you put your head down and work hard you will be flying. The opportunities after are fantastic.
Interviewed by Francisca Masombo at Conferring 2018