"I met Matt at one of his Edge workshops. I signed up for the workshop because I was transitioning to civilian life after nine years in the military. Matt helped me recognize the soft skills I've obtained over the years through my military experience and helped me understand professional civilian language (a big help after nearly a decade of military jargon). I applied his advice on interviews and job searching, and I am proud to say I secured a post-military career! Matt offers invaluable advice that I wish I had when I was younger. With that being said, whether you’re just starting in your career or at your midpoint, I believe Matt has something for you."
Paul Miller, Knowledge Operations Manager, United States Air Force
"I registered for ‘Get Hired & Promoted Faster’ over my winter session at the University of Delaware, at a time when I had an increased level of anxiety about my future occupation and how to make the best impression while networking or interviewing.
I got to know Matt Miades (one of my favorite contacts) from this workshop and through networking events held by UD's Entrepreneurship Program. In the workshop, Matt provided anything but typical lectures. Each day he exuded the behavior of a leader, team player, and business professional. Lectures were engaging and highly interactive. I always felt fairly soft skill savvy and just wanted to learn more, but I can say without a doubt that my soft skills evolved rapidly. Even my some of classmates, who were not very people-oriented before The Edge, quickly gained confidence.
I have kept in contact with Matt and The Edge ever since. Matt remains an incredibly helpful ally and superb mentor. I recommend this program to people of all skill levels. It made me feel exponentially more comfortable with my soft skills and lessened my anxieties when entering a potential employer’s office for an interview. I am confident my resume is formatted better and highlights my potential better than my peers who did not take the course. Finally, I apply the practice of self-development every day, and have a more adaptable mindset which is helping me with the process of founding my own business."
Junior, Marketing Major, University of Delaware
"I am currently a student at Penn State University who had the pleasure of working with Matt during the fall of my junior year. I attribute a large part of my success during the recruiting process to the soft skills that Matt taught me. He made sure that I knew how to approach different people, strike up a conversation and stand out in order to be remembered. Matt was also very helpful in preparing me for interviews. I learned how to make a good impression and was able to walk in with confidence knowing how I would answer questions. Matt continually reached out to me to make sure that I was improving and was always available to help every step of the way. I would highly recommend Matt for coaching to anyone looking for opportunities to succeed in the business world. The skills he will teach you are invaluable."
College Student, Penn State University
"I attended The EDGE's 3 week workshop "Get Hired & Promoted Faster" at the University of Delaware and I'm really glad I did. Matt has a great deal of knowledge and experience which he shared with us. My favorite part of the workshop was on the topic of Self Development. Matt spoke about some of the most important things working professionals should focus on to be successful in their careers, and touched on some of the on-the-job aspects which I never thought mattered. Some great advice and a senior-management perspective of looking at things which is very difficult to find. I left the workshop with a feeling that I wish someone told me all of this earlier! "
Graduate Assistant, University of Delaware
"I am a recent graduate from the University of Delaware and I attended Matt's workshop. I am actively seeking a job and I personally feel that this course is beneficial to everyone who is seeking a job or already working somewhere. I never knew about the small details that really matter and make you stand out in a crowd. I strongly recommend this course to anyone who wants to get hired faster or grow faster at your workplace."
Graduate, University of Delaware
"Getting quality coaching and guidance early in one's career is key to transitioning from a successful student to a successful employee and professional. I say this because I had the luxury of a great career coach right out of school, and I believe it was one of the most integral aspects of me developing my personal brand and adjusting to the career mentality from a school mentality. Matt Miades was my boss right out of school, and I learned an amazing amount from him about how to be professional, how to treat my career as marathon, and countless other key insights as I developed into a successful professional. To this day, I still reach out to Matt to get his perspectives on significant challenges I’m facing, and he's always been great about helping me think through different ways to approach situations. He wouldn't ever tell me the 'right' way to do things, but rather he would help me think through all the aspects of the situation so that I could make a better decision for me. I take this approach myself today, and regularly utilize the many other soft skills that Matt taught me in our time together. I thank Matt for giving me the tools to find and continue my success into future."
Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Atlanta, GA
"I had the pleasure of meeting with Matt Miades during my junior year at Saint Joseph's University. His ability to listen and connect with others is unparalleled. He was able to provide me with in-depth insights into how to build upon my soft skills and use them to my advantage. The professional development techniques that he taught me have already proven highly effective as I've put them into practice starting this past summer at JP Morgan. After speaking with Matt I was able to better understand how to navigate areas of the corporate world such as interviewing, networking and interactions with senior management. Matt is a wealth of knowledge and is always willing to share it, so that others may find success in their careers."
Senior, Saint Joseph's University
"My senior year I had the pleasure of working with Matt Miades as an Associate (Student) Member on the University of Delaware's Lerner College of Business & Economics Alumni Board. After learning about the Edge, I sought out Matt's help for my upcoming job search.
Matt helped me in all aspects of my job search - everything from interview preparation and resume critiques to developing a well thought out strategy that would lead to successfully finding the perfect job.
Matt went above and beyond, doing all he could to help me during my job hunt - reaching out to his contacts in industries I was searching in, providing resources, following up and checking in to see how I was doing, you name it... he was there to help every step of the way. I couldn't be more grateful for all the help Matt provided!"
Content Marketer, WizeHive, Conshohocken, PA
"I had the privilege to work with and be mentored by Matt within the Risk Assurance group at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Philadelphia. Matt has the experience and expertise to lead a team or individual to meet a specific goal, but what makes him distinctive is his gift to motivate those around him with his laid back, inviting attitude that creates a comfortable professional space. His energetic approach encourages collaborative idea sharing and team building that lead to successful outcomes that exceeded the expectations of our clients.
Matt has the ability to recognize leadership or other valued talent potential and coach the individual to nurture that skill into a personal brand. Matt is a fantastic listener who will work to understand your goals and ambitions. His insightful eye recognizes professional gaps and areas for growth and development that will help you succeed and he communicates these points in a positive and inspiring tone. Matt’s artistic style makes the journey to discovering and molding your personal brand both motivating and fun.
I truly appreciate the value that Matt has provided my career and he is someone I continue to look to as I progress within the client service industry. I couldn’t recommend him more."
Maeve Hanley Raak
Risk & Financial Advisory Technology Manager, Protiviti, Inc., Philadelphia, PA
"I worked with Matt for 9 years and looked to him for guidance and feedback throughout that time. Matt is very relatable and approachable while maintaining a professional presence. Matt is an excellent mentor because he can put himself in someone’s shoes but is not quick to judge, and can assess a situation and help you evaluate your options and the impact of your actions by asking thoughtful and insightful questions.
Matt has always been supportive of my career by seeing the best in me and my potential, and championing my abilities. Matt has advised me through many challenging and difficult situations by helping me see the broader picture based on his years of business and professional experience and insight. I have learned a great deal from Matt by working with him as I developed in my career, including how to better manage teams, interact with difficult clients, and tailor a message to multiple audiences."
Manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Philadelphia, PA
"I first met Matt Miades in early 2003 during my Junior year as an Accounting/MIS major at the University of Delaware when interviewing for accounting internships for the upcoming summer. I walked into the PwC interview room at first very nervous to see two male professionals in a tiny room where I thought I would be grilled for 20-30 minutes. However, the interview went by very quickly and to this day I still remember the questions Matt posed that allowed me to point out areas I had poured so much time and effort into, but yet had never really thought of as ‘selling’ points for myself. Whenever a recruit asks why I chose PwC, my answer has always been those few people I met in the very early interviewing stage who made all the difference in my internship, and future career.
During the past 10 years at PwC, I have respected Matt as a hard working, intelligent and business-oriented professional who truly cares about every individual’s accomplishments and unique career path. Matt has always been a leader in the Philadelphia office who I could go to for career or coaching advice – as a new associate or senior associate looking to be promoted to manager.
One of Matt’s passions while at PwC was leading recruitment for the Risk Assurance group and the University of Delaware. This is where I found Matt to be truly exceptional. Many of the people he directly interviewed and hired have turned into truly hard-working ‘go-getters’ who exceed expectations on a daily basis, and yet could have remained undiscovered talent. Matt has a ‘sixth sense’ to ask the right questions to identify talent and the associated skills that a person needs to be successful."
Manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Philadelphia, PA
"Matt formally coached me during my early days with PwC and continued his mentoring after I moved from the United States to Singapore. We have known each other for over 16 years. I learned from Matt that coaching is about being candid and honest. It’s about reflecting on your weaknesses and continuing to improve on your strengths. He instilled in me that coaching is about being pro-active and being clear about my goals and expectations. Certainly we've had our share of agreements and disagreements, but there was clear communication and understanding during the process. His feedback always included a component of being realistic and open.
Personally, what I really liked was that Matt was always there for me whenever I had some success, and he celebrated it with me. He was genuine and interested in my progress and he made me own my career. Fast-forward to today, I’m now a partner with PwC and I oversee a team of 30+. What is fascinating is that I still keep those values and behaviors that Matt taught me in mind, and use them during my coaching conversations and in the way in which I conduct myself in my career."
Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, India
"Matt has been a professional colleague for 20 years. As the area head of MIS, I teach and advise undergraduate and graduate students. I have always been impressed with Matt’s professionalism and his concern for students starting their own professional careers. As a PwC Risk Assurance partner and Firm Relationship Partner for PwC at the University, Matt wanted to attract the best and the brightest, but was foremost concerned with a student’s personal goals and fit in public accounting. I know personally all of the Big 4 partners in the Mid-Atlantic area with responsibilities at the University, as well as the recruiting executives from major consulting firms, financial institutions, manufacturing, and smaller international and regional accounting firms. What makes Matt stand out is his personal touch and ability to relate to young, up-and-coming professionals. In addition, Matt’s personality and his genuineness makes you feel relaxed and important as soon as you meet him. Add to that his leadership skills and ability to communicate on your level, and you have a dynamic person who challenges young professionals to be the best they can be."
Clinton (Skip) White
Professor and Area Head of MIS, Department of Accounting & MIS, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
"CI have known Matt for more than ten years, and for eight years I was the Practice Leader in Philadelphia where Matt and I worked together. Matt was my business partner and helped me run all aspects of the business - from identifying opportunities to proposing on work, to closing and delivering and providing outstanding service to clients. In fact, he has a client service mentality in everything he does, which means he is always trying to exceed the expectations of his clients and his people. Matt was my go-to leader on people issues. He led our recruiting efforts and annual reviews. He was a sought after coach and truly understood what our new staff were going through as they joined the Firm and got started on their careers. Matt was a proactive coach to the team and would flex his approach and style depending the staff level and experience. I also found Matt to have a great perspective on any type of Human Resource matter and consistently sought him out to get his view and to test my own. Most times, Matt's view made the most sense and he convinced me to look at things differently. Matt always took the time to really understand the staff's point of view and he kept a fresh perspective. Matt is not stuck in the past, but rather tries to understand how things have changed and how recent college graduates see the world so he can put things into context for them. Matt was never shy about getting out front on any kind of issue in our business and always dealt with our people and clients directly and fairly.
Matt is a great person and a great coach. His advice and counsel have been invaluable to me over the years. "
Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Philadelphia, PA
"Matt and I worked together in Philadelphia for more than eight years. He was the engagement partner on a number of clients we served together, spanning multiple industries including food, manufacturing, and technology. In addition, Matt led the Philadelphia recruiting team for our practice, and asked me to assist once I was promoted to manager in 2006. I mention both because I had the fortune of learning from Matt in a client facing capacity, as well as supporting our most critical internal initiative, hiring top talent.
Reflecting on my time with Matt, he was terribly easy to work with. While appropriately demanding, he was experienced enough to realize that in a people business, there was always a story to support how something was going. Matt encouraged that two way dialogue between us, and used each and every opportunity to not only understand how our projects were progressing, but also how I was developing. I always knew where I stood with Matt, and due to my own inexperience, he had the opportunity to not only applaud my successes, but make certain I learned from my many mistakes. Unique to Matt's style was his ability to maintain his poise and candor while always keeping an executive level insight into our interactions.
Matt is easy to connect with because he is built to care, which is one of the reasons he was so successful recruiting on campus. He could tailor a message to a room full of undergrads as succinctly as he did in the Board room. But that one on one time was where I learned the most from Matt. He would weave life advice and examples into our business discussions, understanding that in our demanding profession, it was near impossible not to consider both."
Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Geneva, Switzerland
"PI have been dealing with companies recruiting our students at four different universities for over 32 years, and can say without a doubt that Matt Miades stands out among the hundreds of recruiters I have known during that time. Matt has the ability to really talk to the students and provide them with important information on the real world aspects of business based upon his experience as a partner in a Big Four public accounting firm. However, the thing that separates him from other Big Four partners I've worked with is his ability to relate to the students; to make them feel like they are the most important individual he’s meeting that day, and to provide them with valuable information on what it takes to survive and succeed in their professional careers. At the same time, Matt conveys the message to the students that he is concerned with finding the best opportunity for them, even if it means going with a competitor instead of his firm. His knowledge of what it takes to be successful, along with his concern for the students, has garnered praise from the young people he interacts with and resulted in numerous comments about how great the interviewing experience was when dealing with him. This is the primary reason for his outstanding reputation as a developer and motivator of young talent."
Kent St. Pierre
Sutula Professor of Accounting, St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA
"Matt has been both my formal and informal career coach and mentor for over 14 years. I met Matt right out of college and was immediately impressed with his passion and drive for quality in all that he does. His straightforward, direct approach coupled with his sense of humor and sharing personal experiences is what makes Matt's approach fun yet still challenges me at the same time to push myself.
He considers all options and tells me his unbiased opinion even when he knows I may disagree, which encourages me to think differently. His feedback is practical and tangible, providing what I need to move forward from whatever was holding me back. I always get exactly the feedback and insights I need from Matt, helping me to grow and push my boundaries to reach my work and life goals. Even after our formal coaching relationship ended several years ago, I continue to seek Matt's guidance and feedback as I continue to face new challenges in my career and personal life. Matt is genuine and laid back which makes relating to him and sharing concerns easy to do. Matt has always supported my career goals and helped me meet and surpass my goals. Matt is an excellent career and life coach that has made a profound impact on my life and career the past 14 years. "
Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Philadelphia, PA
"I worked with Matt for over 10 years and was involved in interviewing hundreds of job candidates with him. Matt has a very keen insight into what it takes to be successful in a professional environment. He understands not just what the "right things to say" are, but the right values and actions people need to have to be successful. I've also watched Matt coach hundreds of professionals and seen the caring approach he takes to helping to mentor people to be successful and achieve their potential. I consider Matt one of the best coaches I ever had from a career perspective."
Partner, ParenteBeard, Philadelphia, PA
"I have known Matt for over eight years while working with him in professional services. During that time, Matt was a constant resource. He encouraged me to think about the big picture in my career, lending perspective of how I was just in the opening act. As I moved into a role supervising and managing teams, I often sought out Matt's coaching. His experience working with a diversity of teams, motivating them during difficult times and helping them in meeting deadlines has allowed him to provide me with solid examples no matter what scenario I had to face. Matt's emphasis on coaching and developing people creates teams that can come together in thick and thin. Even today I consider him a valuable resource and recommend him to other professionals that are facing challenges in teaming, individual development and client relationships."
Manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Philadelphia, PA
"Matt is a gifted leader, communicator, strategist, motivator, and talent evaluator. I was hired to PwC through Matt and his creative questions during my Partner interview were truly one-of-a-kind. I had interviewed at all types of firms (Wall Street, Big 4, Large Banks, Multi-Nationals) and Matt's interview stood out and was distinctive. The hour I spent with him during my interview process helped re-shape my perspective on Big 4 firms and was the primary factor which ultimately led me to PwC.
In Matt's non-client facing role, he was a Leader in our Risk Assurance practice in Philadelphia and was looked to for career advice, personal development opportunities, and as someone who you could always count on. Matt always provides the best advice. and was always encouraging me to broaden my network and become involved in the community. He was always the charismatic leader during on-campus recruiting trips, community service events, and during team-based events. Matt was always true to form and someone I knew I could count on for just about anything. He truly embodies distinctive qualities and is someone I will continue to look to as I progress in my own career. I would recommend him for any position which involves communication, leadership, developing/inspiring a shared vision, and a strong focus on quality. Matt works great with the younger generation and understands how to motivate us and I hope he can continue doing this for others!"
Senior Associate, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Philadelphia, PA
"I have worked closely with Matt over the past 10 years in attracting top talent to PwC. He has truly represented the firm well. I have often relied upon Matt to "sell" the firm to our top candidates. As the Firm Relationship Partner for University of Delaware he treated the relationship as he would a top client. His ability to serve clients, build relationships with candidates and coach staff is truly commendable and impressive."
U.S. Campus Sourcing Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP