Bolton School Former Pupils
Anthony Shum (Class of 2004)
Anthony is an Associate in the Deal Advisory, Infrastructure section of KPMG in Manchester. Earlier this year he returned to School to speak at the at the World of Work Day.
What were your favourite subjects and who were your favourite teachers at School?
I really enjoyed English, especially in my later years. Dr Britton, Mr Wadsworth, Ms Brandrick and Ms Edge probably stand out as the most memorable teachers for me. Ms Brandrick in particular probably deserves a medal for helping to get me to my final grade in GCSE Russian!
What further study have you undertaken since leaving School?
I did an Accounting and Finance degree at Sheffield University shortly after leaving School, and also subsequently a professional accounting qualification as part of my first graduate job.
What does your job involve and how did you progress to your current role?
We act as financial advisors to some of the most high profile infrastructure projects in the country, such as the highly controversial HS2 high speed rail scheme; providing strategic input to the delivery of these projects, as well as reviewing the financial implications. I find it really interesting as our actions will have direct consequence for the future growth of the Country. I originally started in audit on KPMG’s graduate scheme, before spending a couple of years working for Bank of America Merrill Lynch and then re-joining KPMG in their Corporate Finance Infrastructure department.
Which skills do you consider to be essential for your job?
We have to write reports which will sometimes be read by very senior people in the Government who are often quite time pressed, so it’s important that we write concisely and straight to the point. All those years of having the English teachers at School telling me to stop ‘waffling’ in my essays definitely proved useful!
What advice would you give to our pupils interested in your field of work?
Be enthusiastic and take advantage of all the opportunities you get to find out more about different roles and try to meet as many people as possible to find out about what they do. I actually got my current role off the back of having a ‘networking’ coffee with a director in the firm to find out more about what they do.
Did you enjoy speaking with current pupils at the event?
Yes, the pupils were really enthusiastic about finding out more about the firm. I remember when I was still at School, we started having similar lunchtime sessions where staff from companies would be invited in to speak with us, so it’s great to see that this has now developed into a full-blown event for the pupils to take advantage of.