Jake Kiernan

Graduate Trainee, Operational Transformation at KPMG 

I was attracted to this graduate job at KPMG due to the variety of the work which the role entails, as well as the breadth of industries and sectors which I am able to experience. Working at KPMG as a graduate trainee allows me to work alongside industry experts whilst also taking responsibility for the delivery of work.

My time at studying at Lancaster helped prepare me for this career by helping me to develop independent working and time management skills which have stood me in good stead for the demands of working in professional services. The skills I learnt as part of my Law Degree have also helped as the ability to critically assess a situation and draw accurate conclusions quickly are vital parts of my role. Being able to quickly distil lengthy documents down to their key points is another skill which is very useful in my career.

My future career plans are to advance within the field of management consulting, gaining a specialism in a particular area or industry. This will require me to research and learn alongside my core role and continually hone my general consulting skills. I am building a large and effective network to ensure I have the contacts needed to be successful in Professional Services.