Beth Knight

Country: United Kingdom
Sector: Accounting
Job title: Sustainability Director
Subject of study: History
Year of graduation: 2005
Type/Level of study: Undergraduate

Current Employer/Organisation Name

EY

What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?

I’ve spent the majority of my career in professional services working around the world with diverse groups ranging from leaders of FTSE100 companies and international non-profits, to urban slum dwellers and survivors of gender-based violence. With over ten years’ experience as a sustainability leader, I’ve been developing business strategies, directing change programs and advocating for sustainable development across a variety of sectors. I’m currently on maternity leave after the birth of my second child.

Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?

After joining a graduate program at a big 4 consultancy, I had the opportunity to work on pro-bono projects for with international development clients. This allowed me to combine my skills with the areas I care about most: women’s leadership, human rights and climate change.

Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?

I was co-captain of the University Kick Boxing team and spent my first year on the St Lukes’ campus. I worked as a lifeguard at both University swimming pools and also volunteered with Amnesty International.

What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?

I really enjoyed the diversity of topics we were encouraged to study and researching my dissertation (at least that’s how I look back on it now!).

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

I fell in love with Exeter University from my first visit and there really wasn’t anywhere else I wanted to study. It didn’t disappoint and I made some of the best friendships of my life there.

Why did you choose to study at Exeter?

I got the grades and Exeter had a great reputation. It was also close to my family in Cornwall, so allowed me to make the best of both student life and home life!

What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?

People skills without a doubt! Integrity, a strong work ethic and organisation skills.

What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?

Connect with people already in the field, put yourself out there and try to build your experience in areas of social and environmental impact.

What are your plans for the future?

Last year we moved back to the UK from Kenya and we plan to stay put for a while. My husband and I both plan to work part-time so we can enjoy our young family whilst also staying relevant in careers we’re both passionate about.

 

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