Worked in the Financial Services Transaction Services team.
The KPMG vacation scheme was very helpful to get to know about the industry. I learnt a lot about the Deal Advisory department, specifically the Transaction Services department. I got a lot of constructive feedback from my buddy and performance manager for all the work I did. All the senior leadership team was very patient to meet the interns.
I felt highly valued at the firm. The firm treated as the same as they would treat graduates. I got to work on high profile projects on big deals which KPMG was doing. This also helped me get real exposure to what the financial services firm entails. I really enjoyed it.
We had to one day of induction and then another day of department specific induction. We also had to do some online training modules to make sure we are on the right track. The managers and directors were very helpful and would explain everything very patiently no matter what the query.
The work I do here is directly related to my degree. I study Accounting and Finance and this is directly related to that. I am also really interested in M&A and the technicalities behind that. The internship directly related to that and helps me get a grasp of what it entails.
The atmosphere was that of a normal firm. KPMG has an open door policy so we sit next to directors and partners. There are no cabins so everyone sits in the open and is very accessible. I also spend a large amount of time working in project rooms which have quite an intense atmosphere as most of the work is done here.
The company gave us access to all their training materials which employees would normally have. We also had some compulsory modules we had to do which helped us in the day to day workings. The employees I was working with would always explain what they are doing and why are doing it instead of just giving me work to do.
The insight was build to mimic as to what I would see as an employee. The work given to me was of a basic level, but started to get harder as time went by and as I picked up new skills. The training we had to do was the same as a new full time employee.
We were given an insight of the company culture from day 1. The values were reflected on all the employees in the way the behaved. The senior management would showcase the values in their day to day working which would reflect on all the employees of the firm. This helped me get a good understanding of the firm's values.
I was paid the pro rate of what a graduate who is in his first year of employment. The payment in the Big 4 is substantially lesser than that of banks, but the working hours are reasonable so that makes up for that. I worked from 9-5.30 on most days.
All the employees were up to meet up and have a chat about their work. They would always take out time or set a time for some other day. The firm also encouraged the firm to meet and network with other interns by organising a end of internship boat part for all the interns.