It provided a really good opportunity to understand more about audit and was a real representation of what the graduate job would be like. The company were very welcoming and friendly, providing us with a 'buddy' who has joined the firm in the last year or so. Additionally they hosted a social event for all the interns in the London office and some other nearby offices. This was a good chance to relax and meet other people that were also on the internship scheme.
There was always someone to ask if ever you had a question. Our 'buddys' were very useful to help us with small issues like setting up printers etc. Also we were given a PM and PL which helped to guide us on a wider level and to make sure that we were having a good experience at KPMG. Additionally, when on a client I often helped out graduates with their work and they were all very supportive and friendly.
The skills will definitely help me if I am able to come back onto their graduate scheme. Hands on experience in the job has proved to be very useful.
The first couple of days were structured really well, providing an insight to the company on day 1 and a friendly relaxed day with your buddy on day 2 in which they helped us to set up our laptops etc. Due to the fluid nature of the firm, there were moments in which some interns were left unassigned with a slight lack of guidance. Talks with our buddys helped us to understand that this was natural in the firm and they had a lot of online learning courses that we could take to fill an odd afternoon and that proved to be very useful.
The office has a good relaxed atmosphere, especially at this time of year. Everyone I met and talked to was friendly and willing to chat to me about their experiences and how they had come to KPMG. There was no stress and people were always willing to help and answer my questions on a task I had been given. Overall it had a really good and friendly atmosphere throughout the 4 weeks.
Online training was very useful to learn more about audit and the skills it requires. Also, managers and graduates were always willing to slow down and explain something to you in order to help you understand.
Working at the firm for 4 weeks was the best way to really understand what the graduate job would be like. It was a great experience to understand how the firm works. Additionally, talking to graduates that had been at the firm for 1-3 years was very useful to understand what the full time role was like at other times of the year (i.e. during busy season, as opposed to the summer when the office is relatively quiet).
Being in the office is the best way to experience the culture of the firm. It had a nice relaxed and supportive atmosphere. Additionally, our first day ('Values Day'), was a good introduction to the main values that the firm holds and how this is applicable in the working environment. It provided a good insight into what the firm prioritise and how they carry through.
The whole experience was very valuable in demonstrating what the graduate job would be like and what working in audit consists of.
The 4 weeks were paid. When at the office you get a £3.20 allowance to spend in the canteens, and when off site you can spend up to £4 on lunch and claim it as an expense. You could also claim travel costs to a client site if it was necessary.
There was a social event hold within my department at a pub. This provided a good relaxed atmosphere to talk to other people in the department and hear about their experiences. Also, while here I worked on 4 different clients, allowing me to meet 4 entirely different teams. This was a good way for me to network with different people at the firm and learn about their experiences.
There was a social within my department (Pub of the month), with drinks provided at a pub in London. This was a nice friendly atmosphere to meet different people at the firm. Additionally they hosted a social event for all of the summer interns in which they did a boat party along the Thames. This was all paid for by the firm with 2 drinks included. It was a great opportunity to relax and meet other interns.
On the first day we were introduced to the KPMG Networks. These are groups of people that gather to support each other with a common theme. E.g. we received a talk from the Disability Network which provides help to those with disabilities at work. It was great to hear how supportive and diverse the firm were.
Yes! If you are interested in audit and want to find out more then working at the firm for several weeks is the best way to find out if it really is something that you want to pursue.