Growing up in Ottawa, Kara is a fourth-year Bachelor of Commerce student majoring in Finance. She has been visiting Nova Scotia around twice per year for most of her life since the rest of her family lives in Halifax. When she started looking into Universities, she always knew that she wanted to go to school out east. She was interested in business, and Dalhousie’s commerce co-op program with mandatory co-op was a great fit. In her personal life, she grew up playing competitive hockey. She loves spending time with friends, going hiking, and canoe camping. Kara is looking forward to visiting Peru and trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, traveling around Ecuador, and trekking around Iceland before she begins working full time at KPMG.
Kara worked as a management consultant within the KPMG Management Consulting – Finance Transformation service line. She was attracted to the job because “The team works on complex and critical projects to maximize the finance function’s performance and increase its value to the business by providing a range of financial management services and they are a leader in management consulting, and even more importantly, because there seemed to be a great culture fit” she said.
Kara added: “I found having three co-ops extremely helpful in identifying my interest and skills. Through joining the Dalhousie Investment Society in my first year, I discovered my interest in finance. After completing my first co-op in Treasury at George Weston, I came across a job posting for a position with RBC Capital Markets in Strategy. I found the combination of finance and strategy exciting and had a great term with that team. Almost everyone there had previously worked as a management consultant. Through talking with them about their paths, I learned more about the consulting world and decided that that was where I wanted to work. After that, I researched intensively and prepared myself for the consulting interview process – eventually bringing me to KPMG Management Consulting”.
Kara is a heavily involved member of Dalhousie campus life. She said her on-campus involvement grew through word-of-mouth initially. “I would listen to other people talk about what they were doing and from there I could do my own research as to whether I would want to join as well. In my first year, I had never rowed before and I decided to join the learn-to-row program. In my final year at Dalhousie, I had the opportunity to compete on the Varsity team.
“On-campus involvement has been a key driver for my skill development. Since coming to Dalhousie, I have consistently been involved with multiple societies, Varsity Rowing, intramurals, case competitions, volunteering, and part-time employment. This involvement has allowed me to improve my leadership, communication, organization, and drive, while also expanding my network.” She added.
Kara’s short term goal is to start working with KPMG Management Consulting in September as a Consultant for the Finance Strategy and Transformation Service Line. She is thrilled to be re-joining such a fantastic team and would love to take a leadership role to help KPMG affect change in other organizations. In the long-term, she is unsure of where my career will take me. Ideally, she will love to work as a consultant and want to stay long-term and grow her position within KPMG.
Tips of the week from Kara about on-campus involvement and job search strategy:
- I would advise other students to figure out what they’re interested in through different extra-curricular, courses, and information available from Management Career Services. From there, figure out where your strengths align. When preparing for interviews, I found it was important to connect with others that have gone through similar processes and begin my preparation based on their feedback.
- I would also advise students to always try something at least once. If you see a poster advertising something that you might find interesting, give it a try. The worst-case scenario is that you don’t return for a second time, but at least then you’ll know”.
- She advised attending different employer info sessions is helpful because you can learn more about the different job options available. Employer info sessions also help to hone networking skills and increased confidence around employers.
- MCS has many resources available to help research different career opportunities. MCS helped me to learn more about my interests and how to better prepare for the interview process