Audit Vacation Student at KPMG

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Duration
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Region
Birmingham West Midlands
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Salary
£18,000 - £19,999
Roles
Accountancy Administration/Secretarial Auditing/Tax

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8.9/10

About You
7.5
The Organisation
9.0
Everything Else

10.0

About You

Role Description

Public sector audit vacation student

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I really enjoyed my placement, especially when I was working on client sites. On the days that were properly organised I had a really great time.

7/10

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

I felt extremely valued when I was working on client site due to the pressure of timings. The work needed to all be done within a certain time and I was generally given as much responsibility as the grads. This meant that I was doing actual work that would be used to create a report detailing the opinion of KPMG on a clients accounts.

10/10

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

There were a lot of great members of staff that I worked with who really cared about your learning. There was a lot of pressure on them to get on with their work due to the deadlines but they would always take time out to make sure that I understood what I was doing.

8/10

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

This particular placement didn't really relate to my degree - but that's the beauty of it. You don't have to do an accountancy degree to take this placement. There are lots of people from completely different backgrounds.

5/10

The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

The first three weeks was really structured and that's the part that I enjoyed most when I was on client site. Unfortunately, the last week wasn't as structured so I often was asking for work to do - this wasn't all of KPMGs fault because on occasions things do go wrong.

7/10

6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

Everyone was extremely nice and helpful and always willing to help if need be. On client site it was really fun because you are just with your team. In the office its a little more quiet and you are generally not sat with your team.

9/10

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

The firm is really focused on training for their staff members. Whether that's official training online (health & safety training is really fun!) or whether its on the job learning. A lot of learning with this role is on the job and especially would be if you became a grad. There is also a lot of technical training too.

9/10

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?

I was able to interact with graduates on a daily basis - so I was able to see what their roles were like on a daily basis. Also, in the interview process the recruitment team allow you to speak to other graduates (both on the Launchpad and on an online portal towards your start date).

9/10

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

It really helped me to understand the culture - especially in different places. At first I was only based on client site but they made sure that I also spent some time in my home office which is quite different. so it was nice that they recognised this to ensure I got the full picture.

10/10

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

It was extremely helpful because it made me realise that with any job you cant truly understand if you want to do that long-term until you actually experience it.

10/10

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

The pay is really good for this role! Especially because its only 4 weeks and you are completely unqualified and inexperienced.

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

The opportunities for networking are always readily available - they even have their own mini social networking site so that you can keep updated! There is also opportunities to join clubs and societies when you join full-time as well as staff drinks etc after work sometimes.

10/10

13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

The event opportunities during my placement were virtually non-existent but simply because I was there for such a short period of time. I believe that the grads get a lot of chances to attend events and networking opportunities.

10/10

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

There are so many activities that employees can get involved outside of work - I previously mentioned the different sports and societies and I believe that KPMG gives each club a bit of a grant sort of thing to help them out.

10/10

15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

I would really recommend this insight because its really valuable experience to work in such a reputable and professional firm with some lovely people.

10/10

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