Go West, Young Man

What better way to sail into your senior year than to have already received a job offer! Bibbs’ relationship with PwC, one of the world’s largest accounting firms, began as a tax associate in San Francisco in 2017. 

Biggs arrival at PwC began when he interviewed for its 2015 summer internship program. Through a program called START, PricewaterhouseCoopers brings underrepresented minority students into the company as summer interns. In 2016, Bibbs was invited to return for a second summer and, as they say, the rest is history! Bibbs’ early success as an undergraduate comes as no surprise to his professors. About Bibbs, Accounting Professor Michelle Troian says, "From my first introduction to Isaiah as a sophomore, he stood out as a student with big dreams, determination, drive, high integrity and initiative. He is fulfilling his vision and I am honored to have played a small part in his success." 

It’s Not Just About Me

Even as he worked as a tax associate, PwC, which is also a multinational professional services firm, gave Bibbs the opportunity to identify an area that he was especially passionate. After three years, he had. Enter recruiter par excellence! Today, this 2017 alum works as a full-time talent acquisition recruiter for PwC, supporting the Bay Area, northwest schools and, of course, BC-U. Since 2018, BC-U has a been a target school for recruiting top tier-talent for internships that lead to full time job offers with PwC. His hope has always been to open doors and increase opportunities for B-CU students. Bibbs says that his professors’ interest in the things that mattered to him was a key to his success,  “As a student in the College of Business and Entrepreneurship, self-development, soft skills learning how to communicate and the professors taking an interest in my interests were key factors in making me the young professional I am today.”

As a professional, Elijah Bibbs is committed to reaching back. He has always used his memberships, including as treasurer of the Delta Beta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, to guide fellow students and share information with them about corporate careers and financial literacy. Preparing students for interviews and resume building is something that is still on his list of priorities. 

This alum points to his enthusiasm and determination to get involved in organizations connected to his major as a key to the success he has found so early in his career. As an accounting major, he joined the campus chapter of the Association of Black Accountants, became its treasurer and then its president. He also participated in INROADS, a program that helps develop soft skills for the corporate work environment. Bibbs explains, “To me it’s about preparation and being ready when the opportunity presents itself.”