Audit Intern within the National Markets Audit Team in Reading.
I really enjoyed working within the National Markets Audit Team in Reading. The opportunity to gain exposure to clients and work on different engagements was extremely useful. The team gave me responsibility to work on tasks independently which allowed me to understand the process of Audit in great detail. I would highly recommend the internship.
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I felt very valued by my colleagues while on the Internship at KPMG. Everyone I worked with was super friendly and really open to answering any questions I had while on the internship. There is very much a culture that everyone learns from each other, it is likely that at some point in their career the manager you are working with was in your position and understands how you are feeling.
I was given a good level of support from my Manager and surrounding colleagues. Unfortunately due to annual leave and other commitments I only met my Manager once at the beginning of the Internship and then on my last day for my final review meeting. However, other colleagues especially the graduates are really welcoming and will support you throughout the whole internship.
While on the Internship at KPMG I was busy the whole time, the workload was manageable, but there wasn't a period of time that I didn't have anything to do. Even when there were quieter periods in my internship we were expected to find some additional online training to complete or to ask for other opportunities for work.
I was given a great deal of responsibility while on my Internship. I took on a section of the Audit work that needed completing while I was on the engagement and in addition a work experience student shadowed me for the last week of my Internship. This made me take full responsibility for my work and was a great experience.
The skills I have learnt while on my Internship will be extremely valuable when I return to the workplace as a Graduate. Not only the technical skills I have developed over the last month but also the confidence and commercial awareness will be extremely useful in the future. My internship has also helped shaped the content of my dissertation that I will complete in my final year of studies at University.
The atmosphere in the office is generally pretty quiet, everyone gets on with their work and keeps themselves to themselves. However, the office is welcoming, clean and comfortable. People are approachable at their desks and you are able to walk over and ask questions. Everyone within your Team generally goes to lunch at the same time so you have opportunity to get to know people away from the work desks. Working as an Audit Intern with KPMG you won't spend much time actually in the Office, it will mainly be out on client site with the Engagement Team.
The organisation of the Internship was generally well run. However, there were a couple of days on my Internship where I was left on Client site on my own which was mainly due to a lack of communication between the Manager's and resourcing and this wasn't as I expected. Some of the communication prior to the Internship could have been more organised as we didn't know when our confirmed induction date/location was until a few weeks before we started.
The firm is very keen for you to learn as much as possible while on the Internship. We underwent several different online training modules such as improving our technical ability and awareness of health and safety in the office and at client site. You are given a Performance Manager who directly monitors your development throughout the Internship.
The future employment prospects with KPMG are very clear when you complete the Internship. While at KPMG you complete a document called a 'Passport' which outlines all of the work/exposures you have experienced while on the Internship. You are then graded on this and the outcome determines whether you are given a Graduate offer for the following year.
Yes the social scene between colleagues who are more senior than me and the other interns was very good. We were given opportunity to be involved in events that were already taking place within our different teams and a social event was also arranged for the last day of our Internship. Also, there was an interim social event planned in London for all Interns in the South, however I was unable to attend this but it seemed really fun!
The cost of living and socialising in Reading is quite expensive, almost as expensive as living in London. The only advantage of living in Reading as opposed to London is the commuting costs are much cheaper. I was able to live at home while undertaking the Internship so this was a big advantage to me as it would have been very expensive to rent somewhere in Reading.
The nightlife in Reading is good, there are lots of students in the area and it feels like going out at Uni on some days. It is definitely more expensive that a Student night out, but the clubs and bars are really good in the area.
Yes, we had social events that were organised for 2 of the 4 weeks while on the Internship and people sometimes go to the pub/into Reading after work or the end of an Engagement. There are also other social events that are organised that don't involve drinking so there is something that will appeal to everyone.