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PwC Acceleration Center Manila

  • > 100,000 employees

Kristina Ivy R. Ibarbia

The firm values the employees’ time to rest and we are not encouraged to work beyond our schedule or during the weekends.

What's your job about?

PwC Acceleration Center Manila is an extension of various PwC firms across the globe enabling sustainable growth and operational excellence by providing seamless Assurance, Tax, Advisory and Business support services to our clients in more than 20 countries.

My role in PwC AC Manila as a multimedia designer is to format, design and enhance documents based on PwC’s branding guidelines. I always ensure the readability and consistency of our deliverables to make sure I’m providing quality outputs for our clients.

I’m grateful that I have been given the opportunity to work in an environment that fosters growth and creativity.

What's your background?

I initially studied at Cavite State University - Imus Campus. After a year of stay in the University, I transferred and completed my Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science at Bicol College in 2019.

Back when I was in fourth-year college, I worked as a consultant in Sutherland Global Services Legazpi until I graduated. Thereafter, I worked as an instructor at Mary’s Child Science Oriented School and taught basic programming from elementary to senior high school students. At the onset of the pandemic, I took the risk to switch trades which led me to the creative design profession. I successfully became a graphic designer at a consulting firm and this started my journey as a creative design professional.

When I worked for PwC AC Manila, I learned a great deal about design. My leaders helped expand my knowledge on the various software that we can use to do our tasks. I also learned how to hold myself accountable for the tasks assigned to me.

Could someone with a different background do your job?

If someone puts their mind and heart into it, I think it is possible to be a multimedia designer like me. Anyone can be a designer without any kind of artistic prowess. If you have an eye for good design and have a good grasp of design software and applications, you have the potential to become a multimedia designer despite having a different background.

Aside from that, I believe that a good multimedia designer needs to have a strong mindset, persistent attitude, and open mind to explore and learn new things. Keenness to details and the ability to follow instructions carefully will also be advantageous.

What's the coolest thing about your job?

It’s cool that PwC welcomed me despite my limited knowledge in design and for that I am thankful. I am now confident to deliver well-designed outputs to our clients because of the in-depth classroom and on-the-job training that PwC extended to me prior to starting actual work. Additionally, what makes my job interesting is the collaborative and highly supportive setup in a high-performance environment. AC Manila also ensures that we have work-life alignment. The firm values the employees’ time to rest and we are not encouraged to work beyond our schedule or during the weekends. These are the coolest things about my job.

What are the limitations of your job?

One of the limitations is strictly adhering to the PwC and client’s branding. To me, this is a challenge but at the same time, I can understand the importance of embracing and living the brand you’re working with especially through delivering well-thought-out designs.

3 pieces of advice for yourself when you were a student

  1. Do your best in every situation in life.
  2. Always remember that all your hardships will make sense as you move forward and it will be worth it.
  3. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes because those are sources of learning that can help you in the future.