James Burton

Country of origin: United Kingdom

Senior Consultant, Deloitte

I chose to study Management and Information Technology (MIT) at LUMS because of its reputation as a top, world-ranked management school. I was drawn to the MIT degree due to its unique blend of management modules combined with computer science.

The degree enabled me to gain the business, interpersonal and technical skills considered vital by leading international companies today. Having endorsement from e-skills also gave me the assurance that the scheme of study would be acknowledged and held in high regard by employers such as IBM, Deloitte and Accenture.

I opted for the three-year degree, which does not include a year in industry. However during summer vacations I was able to secure internships – most notably with SAP in my penultimate year – that really helped when applying for graduate jobs.

The learning facilities and support available to students at Lancaster is second to none. A great example of this is the LUMS Careers team, which provides advice and guidance on internships and graduate applications.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Lancaster and formed great relationships with both students and staff that I am sure will continue to grow in the future.

After graduating I embarked on a career in management consultancy with Deloitte. The transferable skills I gained at Lancaster are enabling me to perform in this role, which involves meetings with clients, a great deal of travelling and having to combine technology with business needs.