Vacation Student at KPMG

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Bristol South West
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Less than £ 10,000

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Role Description

A vacation student, so working in your summer holiday for 4 weeks.

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

Was very interesting and they ensured I got a good insight into lots of different sectors of the business


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

Was given a lot of responsibilty from day one, always providing work that was needed with the Audit.


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

Everyone was always very happy to help no matter how busy they were as they all understood the position we had been in.


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

If I get the grad offer it will continue to help me within my career as the skills I developed are directly applicable.


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5. How well structured was the insight?

Very well, they always had work for me to complete. They also showed many different sections of the business.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

Socialable atmosphere where everyone was very friendly and happy to help.


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

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.


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?

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.


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

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.


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

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.


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

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.

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

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.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

As above.


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


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

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.