Matthew Gierl

Matthew GierlMajor: Finance
Hometown: Annapolis, MD

Describe your current job role:

IT Risk & Assurance Consultant, KPMG LLP. Particular consulting in my field revolves around working with clients over management services that focus on optimization for a company’s infrastructure, particularly in IT. I travel about 80% globally depending on client location.

What professional experience(s) did you have prior to your current job role?

I worked in a few fields different from my current job. I started in accounting for non-profits in Washington D.C. and from there I worked as an IT Customer Relations Specialist during my graduate program, which helped grow my skills in client relations and IT knowledge. 

What do you know now that you wish you had known about being a working professional?

The habits you create now will follow you into the working world. Make sure you are creating good ones and breaking the detrimental ones now. I didn’t think anything of the small assignments I had to do in class and I had to break that habit of small assignments that are needed to be done at work. The small things add up and what you do with the small, you will do with the big. 

"The small things add up and what do you with the small, you will do with the big."

How did PBA prepare you for the world of work?

The professors there (particularly Cora Barnhart and Craig Hanson) showed me that who I am as a person directly reflects my work. It is a combination of knowledge and who I am as a person. While my time as a student-athlete, I was taught endurance through the hard times and time management.

What advice would you give to current PBA students and/or young alumni who are about to start their first professional full-time job?

“There is always someone in the room who knows more than you. If not, you’re in the wrong room.” First thing I was told while starting my career is that I am no longer the most experienced and knowledgeable person at my job. Come in with humility and an eagerness to learn and grow. Then when you become that person you know it is time to move up in your career and now become the mentor to those below you.

Have you been mentored by anyone in your professional field since entering the workforce? If so, what impact has that had on you?

Mentorship has had the biggest impact on my career to date. With a mentor guiding my path I have been able to grow in my field exponentially. If you do not have a mentor in your field I highly suggest seeking one out and having more than one mentor. Mentors are like having doctors, you go to them for all your needs and concerns and they are there to answer and guide you on things you do not know. And it is always good to get a second opinion.

Spotlight posted in December 2017. For current updates from Matthew, visit his LinkedIn page and personal website.