Name: Kamaljit Nagpal
Degree and university: BSc Business Information Technology, London South Bank; MPhil Management Studies, Darwin College, Cambridge
Year of graduation: 2002, 2004
Occupation: Consultant, Deloitte
What do you do in your job?
I am an IT auditor and I work in Enterprise Risk Services which forms part of the Audit service line. This means that I support the Audit department by providing assurance over IT. Some of our clients rely heavily on IT and I assess how IT works within the company, basically trying to make sure everything is running smoothly and that we can rely on the systems that impact the financial statements.
What was your motivation in applying?
Quite simply everything that Deloitte offers made me want to apply. It’s a fantastic place to work because it is one of the ‘Big Four’ Accountancy firms and has a great reputation as well as amazing training opportunities. Deloitte make a huge investment in you and train you on everything you need to know for your job. I am training to become a Chartered Accountant, and the opportunity to do that was one of the main reasons I applied. The opportunity to work with a variety of interesting clients, on the client site, in order to see first hand how the client’s business works, was also a big factor.
What do you enjoy about your job?
I really like the people I work with. They’re all interesting and fun people and we have a laugh outside of work as well as working well in a team at work. I enjoy the exposure I get to lots of different clients, seeing how different clients in different industries work, and particularly because I work in IT, how different clients use IT in varying ways. In addition, the support the firm offers is a really great feature of the job. They really care about you and your development.
Do you have any advice for graduates coming into this sector?
Research is very important. It is essential you know about what a company does and what it’s really like to work there. Attending events is a great way to gain inside knowledge about what kind of people work there, what they like about their jobs, what opportunities there are, and how the company works for them. Ultimately, thinking about what you want to achieve, what you want out of a job/career, and thinking ahead to where you think the job can take you is the best advice. It is also important to remember that if you are going to choose a career where further study is required you should be willing to make a commitment to this.