Krishan Rayarel Subject: BSc Economics
Krishan graduated with a First in BSc Economics in 2018 and was the worthy winner of the School of Economics Best Dissertation prize that year.
Upon graduating, Krishan completed a summer internship with Novartis in Basel, Switzerland before securing his current position with KPMG.
How did you first become interested in economics?
I studied economics at GCSE and developed an interest in macroeconomics. I continued economics at A level and really enjoyed how it related to the real world.
Why did you choose to study at the School of Economics at Nottingham?
Nottingham is consistently in the top 10 in the UK for economics and job prospects are great. The flexibility in module choices meant that I could study whatever I was interested in. Also, the university itself has a world-renowned campus.
What are your fondest memories of your time at the school?
Definitely the guest lecture by Paul Collier. It was great to hear his views on how the refugee crisis should be handled and how he advised governments on this.
Tell us about your career path since graduation.
After graduation, I ventured to Basel for a summer internship at Novartis. I worked in the finance function there. In October 2018 I started my KPMG Strategy Consulting graduate scheme. I have been in the job for seven months at the time of writing.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I like the client interaction and the variety. I enjoy learning how senior stakeholders think and make key business decisions on the basis of the information I have provided them. The variety of work is great as I have already worked at two multinational companies within seven months, meaning I will never be bored!
What advice would you give to someone considering or about to start a course at the school?
I would say think about which modules you want to choose. Find out what you’re interested in and take modules according to your interests because you have the chance to study what interests you through optional module choices. When you join, don't be afraid to reach out to professors if you need support or help with modules. They are very approachable and helpful.
Are you still in touch with anyone from your course?
Yes, some of my peers have also started their careers in London and I meet up with them regularly.
And have you been back to the school since you graduated?
Yes, I came to a KPMG offer-holder day at Nottingham to meet graduates who are joining KPMG. Nostalgia definitely kicked in!