Vacation student at KPMG

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Glasgow Scotland
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£18,000 - £19,999

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Role Description

Audit - financial services

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

Thoroughly enjoyed my placement at KPMG. It was a great insight into how the company operates on a daily basis. It was also refreshing to be working with clients immediately rather than just observing. The placement was made easier by the excellent people that work there, I’d highly recommend an internship at KPMG.


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

Despite only being there for 4 weeks, I did feel valued. I went to staff events which helped me interact with all of the existing employees. However in terms of work, I was trusted with clients from the start which made me feel trusted and valued from the very beginning.


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

No matter how big or small a question I had, I was given help to ensure I understood how to resolve my issue. Everyone was extremely supportive, regardless of what position they were in. This made me relax throughout, knowing I had help from a variety of different people.


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 on my placement. I learned different people skills, and how to interact with different people who are from different backgrounds. I also learned the importance of organisation and flexibility when trying to resolve problems I may encounter. This will benefit me at university but also at whatever job I start at.


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5. How well structured was the insight?

It was well structured in my expierience. There was a clear 4 week plan set out for me when I started. I knew who’d I’d be working with and where which helped me ease into the swing of things. This was beneficial for me, and I liked the organisation shown.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

The atmosphere was excellent. It was relaxed and everyone was extremely friendly. It’s a busy office so obviously at some points it’s quieter but I very much enjoyed the guidance I received from numerous different people at my time at KPMG. But overall, the atmosphere was endearing and made me want to work there.


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

We had a lot of time and effort invested into us. We were given excellent technology throughout the 4 week time at KPMG, which really showed us they wanted us to do work and be involved. We had training days in Manchester at the start, all expenses paid which again shows investment.


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?

Because we worked throughout it really did feel like we belonged at KPMG and had worked there for a while. It was also refreshing to talk to current employees at the company as they were able to inform us with a lot of information on what it is like to work there.


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

During the training days, we had values training. This showed us what the company expect and how they have developed such a strong culture. We also carried out some online training throughout which really helped drive in the values. This made us understand what is expected from us should we work there.


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

I left KPMG knowing exactly what I want to do. However I also left knowing I want to work there. That’s the biggest complement I can give them. It’s hard to attract young people however I felt KPMG went above and beyond for me at my time there which was great.


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

I was paid for my internship at KPMG which was great as it was an added bonus to already working at a great company. I was also given back my expenses which was also great, and made me feel like I was regarded as important as all other employees.

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

Yes there were many time opportunities. I went to a number of social events with the staff which allowed me to net work with other employees . They regard this as very important which was refreshing and a real bonus to the internship as it took off some pressure and I could relax.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

The events were great. As previously mentioned, there were many events with staff. I got to meet staff from other offices who were part of the same division. I enjoyed this very much as it was an excellent insight into the day to day of the company as I got to ask many questions.


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

Yes, at the initial training and throughout we were told about activities that employees can become involved within. However I think more of this is discussed when you start the graduate job and there are more activities available that what I probably know. This isn’t a bad thing, but something they could discuss more.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

I would highly recommend KPMG. A massive firm with a great reputation. It’s great for your cv and does give the potential opportunity for a graduate job. They invest in you and as long as you work hard, then there is no doubt you will highly benefit from working there compared to other places.