Benjamin Green

Senior Associate, Strategy, PwC
MSc Politics and Goverment of the European Union, 2013

Why did you choose LSE, and why did you choose your programme of study?

The European Institute's global reputation and quality of lecturers.

Overall, how do you look back on your LSE experience?

Studying at the LSE was challenging, hugely rewarding, and barraged me with opportunities. I think it's unlikely that I would have picked up this career path were it not for my time at the LSE.

After submitting your dissertation, where did you work?

I joined the KPMG graduate programme almost immediately after submitting my dissertation. I joined into management consulting before moving to restructuring, and have recently moved both team and firm to join PwC's deals strategy practice.

Why did you choose your current job?

Having flirted with the idea of being a lawyer, I tried out a short stint as a paralegal but decided I was looking for something a little more dynamic; consulting seemed to fit that bill. With my recent move to PwC I think I've found the right balance for me of intellectual stimulation combined with a dynamic environment and client interaction.

What does your current role involve?

I work on a mix of deal (mostly buy-side) and non-deal corporate strategy projects within the Healthcare sector. I work primarily in London, but travel on occasion. It's a challenging environment in a highly complex sector which requires continual research and often a lot of work crammed into not a lot of hours. This sort of work would suit someone who is dedicated, intellectually curious, and able to view issues on an objective footing.

What advice do you have for LSE students who are looking to enter a similar profession to you?

Consulting as an industry is hugely well represented at LSE. Whilst certainly not a requirement, it would stand you in good stead to talk to some of the relevant firm representatives on campus to find out more and figure out whether this would be the career for you. Bear in mind, 'consulting' covers a vast array of actual jobs so be sure to do some research on what flavour of consulting actually interests you. If you are an undergraduate I would encourage trying to do a Big Four internship - these look great on the CV for almost any career.