Charles Mead

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Charles Mead

Fraud Risk Consultant

Life as a graduate at RSM

Name: Charles Mead
Job title: Consultant
Office: London
Joining date: 24 August 2017
Team: Fraud Risk Services

Summary of role 

My role is mainly client facing - I'm trusted to act as a professional fraud and bribery risk advisor. It’s really varied, one day I am hosting a training workshop for a client, and the next I'm supporting RSM partners in preparing monthly reports. I’m also involved in delivering fraud prevention programmes and conducting interviews in risk assessments - fraud in the NHS is a major problem, so RSM are contracted to a lot of health organisations in London to ensure timely and quality delivery of client workplans.

Areas of specialism I have managed to work in are around the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and creating a cyber risk E-learning module for clients following the NHS Wannacry cyber-attack in 2017. 

What’s been the highlight so far?

The responsibility I've gotten as a graduate to work on projects that I feel are genuinely important definitely stands out as a highlight, but also the level of support I’ve received has been fantastic. My ‘buddy’ when I joined was a major source of advice, and I have regular catch ups with my line manager who takes a genuine interest in asking what I enjoy and the areas I’d like to pursue. I’ve also secured a mentor within the firm which has been great in growing my personal network.

I’ve benefitted from a variety of high quality training, ranging from one-to-one presentation skills coaching, to data analysis in excel – you can tailor your training needs and find yourself picking up so many skills within the first year. 

There are obviously many social highlights too! The overnight trips early on are great for getting to know other graduates, I often play 5-aside football and there are always people going to the pub for after work drinks. Quiz nights and the staff Christmas party are highly recommended!

What’s been your biggest challenge so far?

Working with so many clients at the same time can be challenging, especially when they are new. But you soon learn the importance of time management, and if your workload does ever become too hectic, then speaking up and letting people know is the encouraged approach. 

What’s surprised you most about working at RSM?

The people –  for such a big firm there’s a real family feel about it. The London office has hot desks, so I often find myself sitting next to partners. Right from the beginning you are made to feel as though you can approach anyone, which could normally quite daunting for a graduate! 

What’s next for you at RSM? 

I hope to become an Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist in a few months which will enable me to do more independent work for clients, and I’m also excited about the possibility of doing an internal secondment in areas that could improve my current performance. The plan is to keep developing and making the most of the opportunities in front of me. 

What’s your top tip for someone looking to apply to RSM? 

Be yourself - and try to relax!

Describe RSM in 3 words 

Friendly, supportive and fun.

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