Financial Services Audit Summer Intern at KPMG

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Edinburgh Scotland
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£18,000 - £19,999
Accountancy Auditing/Tax Banking/Finance Business Analytics E-Business Mathematics/Statistics

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About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

Very boring to start off with as the team take a while to trust your skills and find appropriate work. After a week or so the work picked up. There are periods of nothing but these are best used researching the accounting professional exams and the clients you are working with. If you can stay productive then it is surprisingly fun.


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

Sometimes it can feel like you are a hindrance and to be honest you probably are but the team appreciate that you are there to learn and they do accommodate to make sure you feel included. I don't think I felt valued but I did feel like I was getting a good taste of KPMG life and it was a good insight for future career decisions


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

the buddy system works well and they are there to talk to when work load is low or you have general questions about stuff like the printers or phones etc. Progress manager is there to help you with your targets and they do get involved to make sure your experience everything that a graduate would do so that you can leave with a broad understanding of the role. One criticism would be that often managers don't understand fully the timescale of tasks so, while they try to keep you busy, often you are left waiting between engagements


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

I learned a lot of excel, PDF and powerpoint skills that I would not have done otherwise. To be honest, other than that I learnt very little. However, I do believe that part of the battle is experiencing an office environment and it definitely helped me to envisage life after uni


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

I expected there to be much more a concise and clear plan but it seemed very much like the team were unsure what to do with me


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

The staff are what makes KPMG. they are all young, intelligent and very friendly. Working here made me eel like we were all in it together and I can imagine during busy times this is a very useful thing to have


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

The values day at the beginning was very good at teaching you about KPMG's work ethos and company culturebut other than that there was very little official training or development


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?

due to the fact that the internship is during summer, it doesn't give an accurate representation of the workload that can be generated during busy months like January and February. This can't really be avoided but they do a good job of giving you a range of tasks


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

company culture is key at KPMG and they really drive that into you when you are there. I totally bought into KPMG even from the first day. I had goosebumps when they showed me their recruitment video. The best part of the internship has been that I am now proud to be associated with KPMG


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

It has reassured me that audit isn't as boring as the stereotype says


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

paid national living wage: equivalent of a school leaver apprenticeship salary of £18.6k. Worked out at just over £1400 for 4 weeks

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

Due to team mobility and cooperation between offices, I managed to do work for a wide range of people at all levels of the business


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

Social side is fantastic. Plenty of networking drinks etc and the team tend to do something after work of a friday


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

they have a lot of societies and sports clubs to get involved in. As an intern this isn't possible but I learned a lot about them so I can join during the grad scheme


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

I would thoroughly recommend KPMG's intern programme even if you are not considering a career in audit or tax