I would assist different managers on different clients. This would be a variety of work from talking to clients to checking work sheets to performing tests.
As vacation programmes go, this is a really good one. Although it is only 4 weeks long you get fully involved in the Audit process going to client sites, visiting different offices and helping out with real parts of the Audit.
When completing tasks as parts of audit it is clear that your time and work is valued and the incharges make sure the fully utilize the skills you have. You don't just get sat in the corner but put to work and the outcome is that you feel part of the team and valued.
The first day was spent at the Canary Wharf office to receive initial guidance into protocols the company use. The second day we are given a buddy which guides us through office protocol and gets us set up with the tasks we have to complete. From then on you are assigned, Performance managers, People leaders, buddies and incharges who are all their to help with different aspects during the 4 week placement.
When speaking in relation to my degree the skills I have learnt do not come into effect that much, however if I come back to KPMG the skills I have already learnt will really help settling back in after university life.
Before starting the placement you are asked about what means you have of travelling and therefore when you arrive you are already assigned to different clients. We also are booked on to the values day and a CRS event which teaches us about the volunteering opportunities at KPMG and the outside work they do.
KPMG is a really interesting and friendly company where everyone is willing to come up to you and talk about how you are going and if you are having any problems.
During my first day, I was sent to the KPMG London office in Canary Wharf. Here we spent an introduction day call values day. Here they spoke to us about the companies values and how you could implement them in your day to day lives. In the middle of the scheme I had another day down in London as well where we helped a charity. During this day we also focused on our teamwork and presentation skills.
During the 4 weeks you do get a real insight in what it is like to work full time at the company. It is also very easy to see that when you go up through the years at KPMG, how your role would change and you would be introduced to more and more things.
This is linked to the values day, and gives you a real understanding on the companies culture.
The vacation scheme has definitely helped me decide about my future career path. It is clear how progression works at KPMG and long term goals are clear.
KPMG were very good at this, you get a lunch allowance, expenses on travel to clients and a wage.
Especially at the Cambridge office it was always easy to network with people and meet people of interest. you are assigned buddys, people leaders and performance managers while here.
The social seen is good, we had a boat party put on for us down the Thames which had a free BBQ and a couple of free drinks.
There are a lot of networks, sports and social clubs which you can get involved with at KPMG. This starts from just having similar interesting to playing on a football/cricket team with your colleges.