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What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?
I graduated in 2009 and spent a couple of years living and working in the UK before I moved to Melbourne, Australia to complete a Master’s of Teaching. For 7 years I worked as a teacher, before changing careers and becoming a Management Consultant.
Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?
In Consulting I have been able to develop a wide and diverse set of skills. My work mainly consists of Change and Training in the Human Capital team. I know that the work I’m doing is going to equip employees with the skills and knowledge they need to fulfil their roles which I find very satisfying.
Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?
What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?
I loved my degree. Even though it was more than a decade ago, I still remember attending my lectures and classes vividly. Pascale Aebischer in particular was inspirational and wonderful.
What did you enjoy most about studying here?
The friends I made and the memories we share – the good and the better best forgotten!
Why did you choose to study at Exeter?
I wanted to study English Literature and Exeter was one of the best Universities in the country for this subject. Also, lots of my family are from Cornwall and Devon so I wanted to head back that way and spend some time where my Grandparents grew up.
What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?
Any summer internships would be really beneficial. Employers like to see that you’ve done that. Also, get stuck in to extra curricular activities that will support your future career plans. I also think time overseas will stand out on C.Vs. I spent some short stints working in Japan and Hong Kong and whenever I went for interviews, this was always brought up as a point of interest/difference.
What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?
Don’t just assume because you have achieved high grades that you will get a job at Deloitte. I’ve conducted interviews and I always ask myself the question, ‘Would I want to work with this person?’. In terms of what i’m looking for, it’s a personable nature, confident but not arrogant, and someone who shows me that they’ve done some research on the company or role. Just be your most authentic self!
What are your plans for the future?
I expect I will stay living in Australia. I am a citizen here now and it’s a great lifestyle for me and my family. Because I had a career change I am still learning and growing at Deloitte and i’m keen to continue building my skills whilst maintaining a great work-life balance.