Vacation Intern with the audit department at KPMG

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
London Central London and City
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£20,000 - £21,999
Accountancy Auditing/Tax

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Role Description

Went to different audit teams and helped them with work, whilst learning about the job itself

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I enjoyed it very much. The work was interesting, as anything would be when you are introduced for the first time to a new concept that is the backbone to business. The people I have worked with have been extremely friendly, helpful and very willing to teach new concepts to the interns.


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

I was very valued. Work I did was used in the work done for clients and checked by a senior person with feedback given on positives and negatives. At times I felt integral to the process, although I knew the level of the work. Being valued was definitely a benefit to being there.


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

I received a lot of support, whenever I had a question that was relevant I could ask and receive an answer or had someone go through work with me. In terms of guidance, you were given objectives at the start and multiple managers to meet with to discuss your performance.


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

Skills developed were very excel based! These were extremely useful to certain studies and work in life in general, however in terms of my degree they only related to the occasions I consulted excel charts, which is not very often as I do an unrelated degree. While the skills gained are extremely useful they are not directly relevant to my current studies.


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5. How well structured was the insight?

Very well structured. It began with two days of training and values which allowed you a solid introduction into the firm and the policies surrounding working there. Then you were sent to different client sites each week which were prepared in advance to give you a wider experience of work you could do if you ended up there. Each site had a separate manager who had gathered work for me to help with during my time with the team. This all ended with an exit interview. Well structured over all.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

The atmosphere was friendly and welcoming. It allowed you to get on well with your colleagues; even though you were technically an outsider, it did not feel that way. Everyone was willing to talk and to help out and review work with you when they could. It is a place of work so you did have to do your job, but help was always at hand from new friends.


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

We've been given one to one training on the job which has been very helpful. No specific training otherwise, other than training at the start which wasn't directly to do with what we did on the job. However, a direct training online was given to go through as you wanted and when you had time.


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 so. It gave an insight into the type of work. The structures within the company. The hours worked, as well as how your daily life would be structured, i.e. when you would be in the main office vs when you were in client sites. As you do work similar to that when you'd just started at the company it is a very realistic experience.


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

It gave a great insight into the culture and the type of work The company cultures are difficult to define without talking directly about their values. However, the insight gave a great look into the culture of the workers and those they worked with. Culture is difficult to define but it helped me to understand as much as it possibly could.


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

Very valuable. The people you worked with had often gone through the same experiences as you and therefore could advise you how to act. It also showed you the ways in which you would be working and studying at the same time, as well as where you would be regularly located. In terms of future career path it has been very valuable.


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

I received a pro rata salary, as well as lunch expenses (to a certain amount not for the whole lunch) and travel expenses when deviating from a normal distance.

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

Lots of opportunities. You worked with many managers and regular staff who you could talk to. At points you could even interact with partners who you could then discuss the firm and how it was moving and how their career progressed. You were constantly meeting other employees and there were specific events for networking.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

Interesting and fun.


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

Yes. Lots of information was given about clubs.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Definitely if they wanted to try out the company.