Our People: Michael
Pensions Administrator – Pensions
Michael graduated from Sheffield University with a Business degree. After this, he joined a competitor in an Administrative role and was in the industry for around six years before joining KPMG a year ago.
“After being in the industry for a while, I was looking for a completely new challenge – I didn’t want to be doing the same thing every day. KPMG offered so much variety and a lot more exposure to things I wasn’t doing at my previous role.
“What struck me was how collaborative and forward-thinking the environment is. They really highlight the importance of your own experience and opinions and how you can use them to drive your career.
“In terms of training and development, it’s a constant learning stream because Pensions is so dynamic. KPMG is very much on top of any new legislation or changes within the industry, which gives us the opportunity to understand and adapt.
“You don’t realise what you’re getting out of that sort of environment at the time, but through the different challenges and experiences you gain a wealth of transferable and soft skills. My confidence has improved dramatically since being at the company.
“What I didn’t realise about Pensions at first is that there are so many different aspects: Advisory, Actuarial, Consultancy – those are all paths I could go down if I wanted to make a change. Also, there are always different project teams or secondments you can take. It’s all encouraged because they want you to experience as much as possible and, ultimately, find out what you like best.
“All of the teams come together as a very tight-knit community and I completely trust everybody I work with. My managers and team leaders strike a great balance between being personable and professional, and you can see that throughout the firm – right up to the Partners.
“I take great pride in knowing that KPMG makes a real difference, to clients and the community. It’s a well-known brand with a global network of firms, but you still get that personal touch.
“You don’t have to behave a certain way to succeed here. Be yourself in the role and it’ll set you apart.”