I have a Chemistry background and now work as a Cyber Security consultant for a big 4 firm.

About me

Millie P.
Chemistry
Chemistry
MChem
Alcuin
2014
United Kingdom

About this profile

Cyber Security Consultant
KPMG
United Kingdom
Digital and IT services / Finance and consultancy
Large business (250+ employees)
2015

About the job

What I do

I currently work as a Technology Consultant specialising in Cyber Security. I work with other companies who need help with their information security, be it carrying out audits or helping them to deploy better access management. The work is very varied and I work with a wide range of people.

Skills I use and how I developed them

My job is obviously very people focused as I am client facing however I also use my time management and organisational skills frequently. I developed these during my time at university by getting involved with various societies. This exposed me to a wide range of people and allowed me to gain experience organising events.

What I like most

I really enjoy working with and meeting new people which I have been exposed to in this role.

What I like least

The work can be somewhat unpredictable as you are booked onto engagements as and when you are needed.

What surprised me most

The organisational structure is very flat, with people of varying seniority being treated in a broadly similar way.

Finding and applying for the job

How I looked for work

I got my first job on the back of an industrial placement that I had done as part of my degree. From that I went on to apply for my current role which is a graduate scheme.

How I found out about the job

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My career

My career history

I undertook an industrial placement year at Unilever as part of my masters degree. I continued to work there as a formulation chemist after I graduated, until I has a place on a graduate scheme at KPMG.

My advice to students

My advice to students considering work

University is the one place where you can involve yourself with a vast array of different societies cheaply and easily - take advantage of this! I got involved with a wide range of societies which allowed me to develop skills that I wouldn't have otherwise used. It gives you opportunities to meet people and gain experience, which is very helpful when it comes to competency based interviews.

Contacting me

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