Got to attend talks from successful women in technology working at KPMG, and got an insight into their career paths and what a career in tech looks like for women now at KPMG. Got a great insight into what the technology unit of KPMG actually does, the different sectors within technology (Cloud, Cyber security, etc) and what a normal work day would like like in the department. Also had the opportunity to learn Python, network with other students and develop personal/interview skills. Was virtual due to COVID
The insight was four weeks long. The first week was an induction to KPMG and understanding their values, etc. Weekly rotations with different teams and managers followed, where tasks were given based on the audited entity for that week. The tasks involved working with data and financial statements.
As the only student within the team, I helped with the day-to-day general auditing tasks which needed to be done, such as creating lead sheets and data entry. We would have regular catch-up calls within the team and they were always encouraging me to ask lots of questions. I was able to go into the office for one day despite the experience being online so it was great to understand the wider scope of audit.
Every morning, we had a catch-up meeting with my team about what we were going to do that day. My day-to-day activties included helping my buddy transfer files from one workbook to another on eAudIT and also filling out certain sections of the Stakeholder Annual Declaration.
During my time with my team, I was involved in several M&A projects. I was responsible for conducting market research for an upcoming client pitch and then condensed my research for the pitch itself. I also took on a project management role where I helped team members manage communications and meetings for due diligence for an upcoming acquisition. I was responsible for overseasing email communication and keeping documents up to date with relevant information
The entire vacation scheme was online due to Covid but the experience I think was the best considering the circumstances. For the first week, there was an induction, where we talked through all the different processses and requirements. The rest of the scheme I was placed in a project team and I helped out with whatever I could. I was given a list of tasks to do the evening before for the next day.
I was a vacation student so I helped out with whatever jobs people needed. This involved working on Excel spreadsheets, case law research, and presentation drafting. As well as work, there were a lot of meetings with employees both within and external to the tax department I was working in. This gave me a chance to find out what life was like at KPMG, as well as the roles of different areas within the company. There was also a lot of learning about tax.
- Liasing with HMRC on various client-related issues - Drafting letters to HMRC - Preparing presentations - Working in teams to resolve tax-related issues for clients - Keeping up to date with the changes in tax legislation - Preparing tax returns - Shadowing senior members of the tax department
Started with a week long induction and then a 3 week department placement. During the placement I worked with a team - completing worksheets and tasks for them regarding the clients we were working with. Throughout the 4 week vacation scheme I also had to complete lots of training and mandatory learning sections.
We spent our time learning about KPMG as a whole and then focusing on smaller sections within the Technology sector. We heard from recent graduates and other heads of departments to give a range of insights. Our final day was an interview for a Vacation position.