Vacation Intern at KPMG

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
London Greater London
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£20,000 - £21,999
Accountancy Administration/Secretarial Auditing/Tax Business Analytics Information Technology Accountancy Administration/Secretarial Auditing/Tax Business Analytics Information Technology

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Role Description

Intern in 4 week Vacation Programme with the ACA Tech department of Corporate tax at KPMG

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I found the work I was doing interesting, and the people I was working with made the environment very friendly. I don't think I was out of my depth and I enjoyed figuring out how to best do my work.


2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?

I felt very valued, all the staff made sure to introduce themselves. They showed me where everything was and helped me through all the admin stuff I was confused on.


3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?

As much as I needed, if I was feeling lost or didn't know what to do I could ask my buddy or one of the people sitting next to me, who would direct me to someone else if necessary. I could also email my Manager to organise a meeting where we could review my progress. But at the same time I was allowed to be independent with my work and trusted to get on with it.


4. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and information you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

Very much, I was helping refine software and much of the process of software development is very relevant to understand for any job where constant improvement is desired. As an engineer I found it very useful to learn about approaching the situation from a business analyst perspective, rather than as someone who was making the product.


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5. How well structured was the insight?

Fairly well, they had a training day for all the interns and I has two days of training within my department. They also had a corporate responsibility day towards the end of the placement.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

Very friendly people, who helped me when I asked! I was never given work that I wasn't able to do and if I was I had the resources to figure out how to do it


7. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

They had a training day on values and integrity at the start if the internship for all the interns across all the departments. I also had internal training within my department on the software that I would be working on.


8. To what extent did the insight help you to understand what it would be like to have a full time role with the company or firm?

Very much, I was able to talk to lost of people within my department, both those who had been there for a short time as a graduate and those that had been there for a while and held a more managerial role. I was given a task that would have been given to someone who was working there even if I wasn't there, so the work I was doing was relevant and gave me an insight into what work full time in the future would be like.


9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?

Fairly well, my department was slightly different to other departments, but the culture was very much the same. Despite working at an accounting firm there was not much traditional accounting knowledge needed as we were working on software.


10. How valuable was the content of the day in helping you to decide on your future career path?

Very helpful! As an engineer I had no idea what it would be like to work in an accounting firm in the city and my experience was very helpful in deciding whether I would want to continue with engineering or enter a new field entirely. This was the biggest reason I applied for the internship.


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11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?

I was paid well, better than any of the other roles I was offered for summer internships. I was also given a £3.2o0 lunch allowance to spend on any of the food places within the KPMG building so I didn't have to bring or buy lunch.

12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?

Not so much, I mostly just interacted=with people in my department, but this included the developers as well as the business analysts and the managers. I didn't feel like I needed or wanted ot otalk to members of other departments but I know that if I had wanted to then I would have been able to.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

They were okay, they mostly involved drinking and since I don't drink I didn't enjoy them or find them very helpful. However I did get to speak to recent graduates working at the company about their experiences.


14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?

Yes, on the values day they gave us a lot of information about out of work opportunities and societies that they had within the company. I also discussed the volunteering schemes with some of the graduates in my department which they were taking part in.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Yes, it paid well and I had an enjoyable time. I learned a lot about whether I wanted to do this in the future and I was treated well by my colleagues and the company. It was also only 4 weeks which was a nice length of time for me to spend working in the summer.