Let’s Make KCL a Target School One Step at a Time
Hi, my name is KS. I am a first-year Accounting and Finance student and I would like to be your Co-Vice President for consulting next year. Why am I running for VP of Consulting this year? Being an international student trying to find professional jobs in the UK has definitely been a daunting task; however, being a subcommittee member of KCL BAME in the City, the helpful and friendly environment fostered by the committee has helped me out so very much not just in discovering what professional careers interest me, but also in providing help with my personal and professional development. As such, this has inspired me to nominate myself to become Co-VP of consulting, as I can give back to the community that has given me so much in my first year of university. As Co-VP of consulting, one of my main responsibilities is to oversee the planning of events. Having been one of the main organisers of the recent Year-End Finance Networking event, I was able to gain first-hand experience in planning new innovative events, whilst personally contacting speakers and the photographer for the event. As a subcommittee member, I was able to quickly learn the ropes of how society operates whilst taking initiative with new ideas for the betterment of society members. Finally, having been a spring intern for McKinsey & co, I was made aware of the true impact of consulting. During the program, the consultants walked us through a case study where we were given a compressed version of how real-life business problems would be solved, along with workshops about other important skills such as a public presentation. Though this was a highly enjoyable experience, it was surprising for me that I was the only KCL candidate in attendance. As such, my vision for my department is to strengthen awareness among KCL students of opportunities to thrive in a career in consulting. This would be done by holding similar networking events for consulting like the one hosted last year whilst holding more frequent events to address two areas of difficulty, which are why should students consider consulting as a career path and what we need to do to attain and thrive in consulting. Moreover, finding partnerships with pro-bono student-led consulting societies such as 180 degrees consulting is a priority, though of paramount importance is the maintenance the friendly and uplifting culture of the society. With all that said, I want my tenure as Co-VP of Consulting to provide the necessary assistance in place for members of the society to thrive in their goal of reaching their desired careers, and for KCL to eventually become a target school for consulting and finance.