A vacation student, so working in your summer holiday for 4 weeks.
Was very interesting and they ensured I got a good insight into lots of different sectors of the business
Was given a lot of responsibilty from day one, always providing work that was needed with the Audit.
Everyone was always very happy to help no matter how busy they were as they all understood the position we had been in.
If I get the grad offer it will continue to help me within my career as the skills I developed are directly applicable.
Very well, they always had work for me to complete. They also showed many different sections of the business.
Socialable atmosphere where everyone was very friendly and happy to help.
As it was only 4 weeks there was very little they could do, to fully develop and train me. However they spent a lot of time checking up on me and monitoring my progress throughout the entire process. This was done through a variety of mentors, buddies and managers. They ensured all mandatory training was completed.
Everyone you spoke to gave an honest insight into the company, explaing what each year was like and how you progressed the more time you spent with the company. The time spent there was also spent on real life projects so you got a real insight into how the audit process worked.
It was clear what the company culture was as everyone was very helpful and understanding, a lot have been through the same process as you. As you spent a lot of time with different people at differing levels throughout the firm you got a clear picture of how the firm came together to support everyone.
Very valuable as you spent your whole time working on live projects doing the actual work you would do if you worked there in the future. You also worked with a variety of people so you could understand how your career would progress if you were to stay there, which is important.
You are paid based on a grad salary. You have to pay for a lot of your travel yourself, which oftens means you need to have a lot of cash. This however is all reimbursed, meaning on the whole KPMG do invest in you quite a bit by employing you for the 4 weeks.
We had the summer ball and a leaving drinks both of which meant you could meet and talk to other employees of KPMG. These were in an informal, social setting, rather than a networking style event. This was good however to see the social side of the firm rather than just the work.
They have a cricket team but above that I don't know whether they have any more sports team or anything else you can get involved in. I imagine this will become more obvious however if you were going to work here full time. I don't know how easy it is to set one up.
Yes, if they were interested in accounting as a career path. KPMG as a firm was very supportive, understanding and willing to help you develop. Which is very much appreciated as I understood that it could be hard at time for the employees having to deal with someone who isn't qualified.