Suzannah Naylor

Country of origin: United Kingdom

Assistant Manager, KPMG

I chose to study at LUMS because I was impressed by the School’s reputation and by the links it had with businesses that could be potential employers. I also thought there was a good amount of flexibility in the degree schemes and found it reassuring that there was the option of switching courses at the end of the first year. The campus environment and Lancaster itself was also important to me. The idea of being able to access everything you need in one place was a positive and Lancaster has plenty to offer.

On my degree in Accounting and Finance I liked the flexibility in choosing modules, particularly because you could choose a couple of modules each year from any subject, meaning you could pursue an interest in a specific topic not necessarily related to accounting. I also liked the number of professional exemptions that are available depending on the modules selected. I thought the regular tutorials we had for every module were very useful and a good way to get to know people on the course, which isn’t always easy given the size of lectures.

During my second year I was involved in a volunteering project through the Lancaster University Volunteering Unit (LUVU), which was aimed at teaching 16-18 year olds from local schools about social enterprise. I was assigned to a school with a partner and we assisted the students in developing their own social enterprise; it was an experience I found very rewarding.

I opted to take a year out (intercalate) after my second year of studies in order to undergo a year’s work experience, even though it wasn’t part of my degree. I was able to secure a place at KPMG in Bristol and worked in the audit department for a year, doing the same work as a first-year graduate, including taking some of the professional exams. I was able to secure the placement with the help of the careers advisor from the Accounting and Finance department.

In my final year at Lancaster I joined the running club and was also involved in my college (Furness) netball team, which involved training each week and playing in matches against other colleges. It was great fun and a good way to get to know other people in the same college.

I received a conditional job offer from KPMG after completing my year out with them and started work in the Leeds KPMG office audit department in September 2010.