From Bluff to Big Four
Senior accounting and marketing double-major Winston Chang will make the leap from bluff to financial services giant PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) following graduation in May. A native of Honolulu Winston will work as an Assurance Associate, auditing financial records and working closely with clients.
Winston first came across the career opportunity through LMU’s Accounting Society, which draws the nation’s top accounting firms to campus for recruiting purposes. He previously interned with PwC through the university’s Summer Leadership Program, making him a prime candidate.
“LMU has really helped me to build personal relationships with my peers and faculty and develop my people skills – which is very applicable to the accounting field,” Winston said.
Winston adds that he hopes to rise in the ranks at PwC over the next several years before heading back to Hawaii to open his own consulting firm.
Originally drawn to LMU for its small-school feel and top-ranked College of Business Administration, Winston says it was ultimately the students he encountered that sold him on becoming a Lion.
“The close-knit community I saw when I first visited campus really drew me in and reminded me of home,” Winston said. “Everyone seems to know one another here, and in classes the professors don’t just teach, they engage in dialogue with students.”
In addition to his coursework, Winston is also a Peer Advisor for the office of Career and Professional Development, helping fellow students craft eye-catching resumes, prepare for interviews and research professional opportunities.
“When I first arrived in LA, I had to adjust and CPD really helped me do that,” Winston said. “I’ve also really enjoyed the chance to help people through their office, share my knowledge and meet a slew of potential employers.”
Outside of his major requirements, Winston relished the opportunity to take a variety of diverse electives, including “Chinese Cinematography.”
“We basically watched films and broke them down in terms of cinematography and Chinese culture,” Winston said. “Being a non-film major, it was really cool to be exposed to different viewpoints. Now when I watch films, I view them differently and have much greater appreciation.”
As for what advice he has for future lions?
“Keep an open mind and don’t be afraid to experience new things and step outside your comfort zone,” Winston said. "Every experience you have, whether good or bad, will eventually turn into a positive in your life. And without a doubt, your best campus resource is office hours.”