I have really enjoyed the insight, everyone who works here and the atmosphere of the office is really great! Everyone is very friendly and approachable and they have set up some intern and networking drinks which have made it quite relaxed and easy to get to know people. We also haven't been given much work, which has been good and bad.
I feel everyone really understands what you are trying to get out of your time at KPMG as they have had to go through similar experiences. So everyone was very helpful and willing to spend time explaining things to you, wanting you to get the most out of the experience. However, work wise without doing any training prior to joining a team there has been little work that we could actually help with.
The first day was mostly guidance and getting to know the firm so this was very useful. Also everyone in my team has been very helpful in explaining and supporting me through tasks. Everyone is very willing to help you, and the buddy system (being given a graduate to guide you) was especially useful.
I study Geography so transferring skills from the insight to my degree won't be too useful, nevertheless the networking opportunities and insight into such a global company will be invaluable. Even if I couldn't necessarily complete many proper audit tasks with my lack of training, being able to understand how the company and audit works was extremely beneficial towards helping me decide what career path I should take.
The insight has been the structured around how KPMG audit is usually structured, so getting an awareness of this was useful. At times some of the interns were unassigned so this in the future should perhaps be avoided, seeing as we were only there for a short amount of time.
The general atmosphere was very relaxed and friendly, getting to know the interns on the first day was good because then when we all split off it was useful to already have links. Everyone in the office was very willing to help you and was understandable when you didn't understand certain tasks.
I think we could have been trained a bit more at the beginning so that we could have helped our teams more. Nevertheless, for us only being here for 4 weeks I can understand why this was not done. Being given a graduate/buddy on the second day to help you understand your way around was very helpful and reassuring.
I think it was very useful for this. Although we obviously could not complete all the same tasks, getting a feel for what is required; the working hours, having to work in a team and understanding audit generally, the insight programme helped this a lot.
This is what I think the insight programme was most useful for. Having to come in everyday, meeting everyone who worked there and joining onto the socials really enabled you to understand the companies culture. Furthermore, having a values day on the first day was a valuable insight into the culture and values of the company.
It was very helpful, from the audit internship I am now looking to work in audit and apply for a graduate scheme. It made me understand what is required and has confirmed to me that my skillset suits the required jobs in audit and accountancy.
We were paid for the internship and then any expenses for being outside the office, ie client site was reimbursed.
Yes, we went to our sections drinks and we also had an internship boat party. Also in the office the hot desk environment enabled you to meet new people and being on more than one teams throughout your time allowed you to network more.
They were well planned and fun! The first was at a bar and there were free drinks for the interns, there was also another with free drinks and some food and then finally the boat party we had food and drink and a boat so it was very enjoyable!
Yes, on the first day we were informed about the different networks and clubs you can be involved in. Also on the KPMG portal there was lots of information about all of this which we were encouraged to look at. There is also a gym which were told about on the first day.
Yes I would recommend this experience. It really gave me a good understanding of working life; having to commute and working in a team, whilst also teaching me the skills required to work in audit. The most important experience I think was understanding the culture of KPMG and the office environment, which perhaps before I would not have considered.