I attended a 3 day insight programme at KPMG for Women in Technology and Engineering. I was given the opportunity to attend panel talks, have one-to-one discussions with current KPMG employees, meet other individuals who want to work in the Technology department at KPMG and complete a virtual launch pad assessment day.
The Insight Programme involved an introduction to KPMG and the Technolgy service line. I shadowed people from different areas of Technology, which allowed me to observe what the job entailed and ask questions. This gave me a good insight into the role. Furthermore, we met lots of people from KPMG and from our cohort too. This provided an opportunity to get a feel for the company's culture, and get to know what our potential future colleagues are like. The Insight Programme was a total of 3 days, with an assessment on the final day.
There were brief sessions with each of the sub-divisions within technology such as cyber, engineering, financial modelling etc on the first day, along with an introduction to a case study and time to work on a presentation in teams. The second day was a chance for a more in-death look at some departments and the opportunity to speak to graduates in smaller groups to ask questions and learn more about KPMG. There was also a presentation given on day two to a member of the business. On the third day all participants took part in the virtual launch pad to potentially secure a place on the following years summer internship program. This consisted of a group discussion around a case study, a reflection exercise on this, and an interview with a senior member of the technology division.
Learning about the importance of technology to the development of businesses, the modelling and data science behind making businesses grow, and gained such a valuable insight into tech roles for science undergraduates at the firm. Insight into how KPMG was tackling gender diversity and increasing the participation of women in tech through their 'IT's Her Future' programme.
The programme was held online this year, and each day involved logging onto Teams calls, which varied from whole-group panel and information sessions, case study work in groups of 4/5 and work shadowing. The final day included a 2.5 hour assessment centre for an internship place the following summer.
I thoroughly enjoyed the KPMG Women In Deal Advisory Insight experience. Despite the virtual nature, the programme was very engaging and insightful. I feel as though I learnt a lot not only about the firm's culture, but the industry in general and different areas of deal advisory. The programme was fairly interactive and we were able to collaborate and work alongside other participants for small presentation projects, which was exciting. However, the actual programme was only 2 days (as the 3rd day was an assessment day for a summer role) and so I feel like it could have been longer.
Shame that the experience was virtual as going into the office would've been really enjoyable. I really enjoyed the programme. Very informative and not boring. We also had multiple opportunities to interact with others on the programme as well as graduates and employees at KPMG so it had a good mix of 1 on 1 conversations and talks.
Over the course of the 3 days, the programme was really well structured and informative. I enjoyed the experience a lot as it was a safe environment to ask open questions and find out information about KPMG and life at KPMG. The sessions were interactive and the group work meant that although it was virtual we could still collaborate and get to know our peers. Overall, a really enjoyable experience and I would highly recommend.
I really enjoyed doing the KPMG virtual internship because it gave me a different perspective on what goes on inside of the industry and what skills are needed to do certain tasks. I had to use different softwares to do each tasks so it made me brush up on my skills for those and learn new ones will can be valuable in my placement and later on in life. Also it gave me a sneak peak into what a placement job could look like.
The KPMG summer vacation scheme was hugely enjoyable. The work given to me was interesting and varied. I met a lot of people who were very welcoming and friendly and encouraged me to seek the insights and opportunities I wanted to gain from the internship. I often found myself getting in early because I was enjoying the work so much and found it so interesting. I think I assumed everyone would work in silence all day, but whilst still learning lots I got chance to chat with everyone I worked with, which made a real difference. The days flew by!
Such a great insight scheme, the KPMG team were amazing and so supportive to make sure that the placement was as informative as it can be. All the sessions were very well planned and allowed for insight into both the firm and the culture itself. The people were incredibly friendly and I will definitely be applying for KPMG in the future