After spending some time teaching at a few different schools in the UK, Philip decided that he wanted to start tackling classroom issues from a different angle. In 2009, he joined the Teach First Programme which is the UK equivalent to Teach for Australia. With a keen interest in government policy and changing outcomes for individuals, it was only natural that Philip eventually stumbled across the work PwC does in the education sector. Soon enough, opportunities began to present themselves and joined the PwC Education Team in London.
Working in the Economics and Policy Unit, Philip was able to continue to hone skills he learnt as a teacher and pursue his passion for education, only now he had the opportunity to influence policy reform. He also became involved in establishing a range of apprenticeship programmes helping young people access professional careers through vocational pathways.
“The transition from teaching to consulting is actually a more natural one than most people would expect,” says Philip. “Both require you to cope with a fast paced working environment, think on your feet, handle challenging stakeholders and, most importantly, both offer the ability to make a difference in society.”
“Being from a teaching background doesn’t mean you have to focus on education or government work though. For me, the best thing about PwC is that it is truly a firm where anyone who is passionate can find opportunity. The breadth of the work we do here is so great that you can work across any industry and in most parts of the world.”
The fact PwC is a global organisation was a big drawcard for Philip and he took advantage of this by undertaking a two year secondment to Australia. Since re-locating to Sydney, Philip has had the opportunity to work with Commonwealth and State Education Departments, state teaching bodies, TAFEs, schools and international governments.
“I’ve visited over one hundred regional and remote schools to manage a project on students with disabilities and co-authored policy papers for universities on the subject of STEM teaching in primary schools. I’m now part of a team that sets the standards for vocational training qualifications for a range of industries.”
Outside of work, Philip is a leadership coach for teachers on the Teach for Australia programme.