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Kirsten Knorr has always been interested in new experiences. Even so, taking chances when meeting new people was a skill she had to consciously develop. And it is this exact quality that has steered her highly successful career path over the years.
After graduation in the Fall of 1999, she obtained a position at Deloitte and Touche LLP. Kirsten began her career in the Rochester, New York office as an Assistant in the Assurance Department. "I was performing site visits at local companies, meeting a lot of people, and participating in company audits. It was a great opportunity to actually see local companies from the inside."
While working at Deloitte, Kirsten had a desire to stay connected to RIT. So, after looking at the various options that the alumni network had to offer, Kirsten decided to get involved in Saunders alumni groups. She also began to assist with Deloitte's recruiting process, attending various career events and panel discussions at RIT and other local universities and weighing in on the hiring decisions for her office. Through those interactions, Kirsten found she had a keen interest in working with young people to enhance their learning and provide advice on career opportunities. This new-found interest would play a key role in her own career path down the road.
At Deloitte, Kirsten advanced to Manager and decided to take advantage of another new experience within the company, facilitating at national learning seminars. While facilitating at the seminars, Kirsten found that she enjoyed helping other people learn how to excel in their careers. Her interaction with the seminars also introduced her to new people and opportunities. Soon after, Kirsten set her sites on an elite opportunity at Deloitte called the Management Development Program. "The Management Development Program is a two to three year assignment where a select group of individuals work in various departments at Deloitte's National Office. The goal is to bring experience from the field to support our company's structure and progress.
In 2005 she packed up her life and moved to Connecticut to begin her assignment in Deloitte's National AERS Learning department. For Kirsten, this position entails working within the department to develop and enhance learning content at both the US and Global levels and to implement that content at national seminars. As part of this role, she also recently took on another new experience as Learning Coordinator for Deloitte's growing group of practitioners in India.
Today she is thriving in this position and enjoying her evolving role in helping employees develop in their roles at Deloitte. Where does Kirsten think she will be going next within the company? Well at the moment she is not certain, but she knows there are many opportunities available and a new experience will show her the way.