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From chemistry to the exciting world of consulting

Recent chemistry graduate, Matt Gilmore, talks about starting his first role in consulting at a global organisation in London.

I graduated from a bachelor’s in Chemistry with Management in 2021. During my degree, I did a placement as a Supply Chain Analyst at GSK, which confirmed to me that I wanted to pursue a career in business or financial sectors, in a global organisation based in London.

I have recently started working as a Management Consulting Associate at PwC. As I am still new to the role, I’m currently on a six-week induction course learning about the world of consulting. After this, I will get placed on a project with a client. Due to the nature of the work, it will be incredibly varied so I don’t think there will be such thing as a ‘typical day’. It’s the varied nature of this industry that makes it incredibly exciting!

Although I’m not 100% sure where my career will take me at the moment, I like the idea of specialising in financial services. I’d like to keep progressing year-by-year within PwC, gaining more responsibility at each stage. I’m hoping to develop a range of skills which can be transferred to other companies and roles if I decided to leave PwC in the future.

Transferable skills

As my degree was in Chemistry with Management, I’ve gained a range of knowledge from two completely different disciplines. I found this really useful when applying for jobs as I had a broad knowledge on a range of matters. Other skills, such as data analysis and time management, have also been hugely important so far.

I’ve found chemistry to be an incredibly strong degree. I’ve developed a range of transferrable skills that are relevant for any line of work, whether that be in science and research or business and finance. A Chemistry degree demonstrates an ability to absorb and understand large volumes of complex information, and apply it to numerous situations.

‘I’ve found chemistry to be an incredibly strong degree. I’ve developed a range of transferrable skills that are relevant for any line of work.’
Matt Gilmore Chemistry with Management graduate (2021)

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