Meet Abhishek Verma who pursued his passion for the environment for his career. He is currently an Associate Consultant at KPMG in New Delhi, India.
|Current job role||Associate Consultant|
|Year of graduation||2013|
|Course of study||MSc Environmental Management|
University life and experience
Abhishek chose to study at the University of Hertfordshire due to its proximity to London, and the great quality of teaching and research offered in his chosen field. However, he felt the most crucial aspect to his course was the expertise and the facilities offered by the University, particularly the Learning Resource Centres.
He states that the most useful aspect of his course was the corporate social responsibility module as it was directly related to the needs of business organisations to become socially responsible for their impact on the environment and local communities.
Throughout his degree, Abhishek gained valuable work experience and developed key skills to make him stand out from other applicants. He states that the work experience he undertook allowed him to keep up with the latest trends. Upon graduation he continued to do this and undertook internships in London, Bristol and New Delhi to gain market insight.
'To secure the job I wanted at a firm like KPMG, it was essential for me to stand out from other applicants. I did this by having a relevant and well respected Master's degree from a reputed university, and by being up to date with the latest trends in my profession through work experience.'
He recommends working out which industry is of most interest, the service provider sector i.e. consultancy, or 'hands on' in a specific industry such as Oil and Gas, Mining, Textiles, Chemicals or I.T., then to pursue work experience or internships within that industry. He adds that a 'relevant dissertation can also make a significant difference in getting a foot in the door.'
Abhishek enjoys his current role and hopes to grow his experience within the industry. He encourages anyone with a strong interest in the environment and sustainability, to pursue a career in the field as it is very rewarding.