Former Thames boy, Nick Harris returns to talk to Year 12 about life after Hockerill

Posted on: 11th May 2016

On Wednesday afternoon former student Nick Harris came into College to talk to current Year 12 students about his career since leaving Hockerill.  After a short time with IBM, Nick joined KPMG to study for a CA qualification whilst working on audits in the insurance and investment management industry and also studying for a degree at Exeter University.  Nick spoke about how Hockerill and the IB set him up well for a career in business, in particular how crucial it is to be able to work with a diversity of people from different cultures and backgrounds. Nick explained that when working for a truly global business if you are already used to living and working in an international community you have a head-start. Nick emphasised how an increasingly diverse workforce leads to increasingly creative and innovative moments of collaboration.

Nick’s top tips for students included how making the most of your Gap Year can be a powerful tool, to learn to use Excel properly, to use LinkeIn  and to properly scrutinise course structures to make sure it is the right one for you.

The students had a number of questions for Nick about the process he needed to go through to join KPMG, how he balances work and university life, the sort of personal qualities and experiences required over and above just qualifications and exactly how his course is structured plus about the availability of other similar schemes.

It is clear Nick is thoroughly enjoying both his studies and his chosen career path, and we hope he enjoyed his visit and catching up with some familiar faces. We are really grateful to him for taking the time to pass on some of his experience.