Graduate Trainee - Pensions in Manchester

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Rachel did her Master’s degree in Physics at the University of Manchester. She joined KPMG’s
Manchester office on the Pensions Graduate programme where she is gaining her actuarial qualification.

"I started to consider KPMG after I talked with some of their representatives at a university graduate recruitment event. They were really nice and approachable.

I liked that I would be given the opportunity to study as well as work. Because I’m on the Pension Actuarial graduate training scheme, I’m doing a qualification to become a Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries. It’s a long programme compared to many – five years – but it carries a lot of weight. KPMG has given me amazing support in preparing for my exams, and those of us on the programme get 40 days off per year for study.

“I love the team spirit you get at KPMG, the way we work together. Everybody’s ideas are heard.”

I’ve learned to use technology that’s really useful in actuarial work. For example, we use a tool called Fusion which helps us to model the risks associated with pension scheme strategies.

I do all kinds of different activities in my role, and I find myself helping out on all sorts of projects. I love the team spirit you get at KPMG, the way we work together. Everybody’s ideas are heard.

I’m really looking forward to where my career might take me at KPMG, after I’m qualified."

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