The entire vacation scheme was online due to Covid but the experience I think was the best considering the circumstances. For the first week, there was an induction, where we talked through all the different processses and requirements. The rest of the scheme I was placed in a project team and I helped out with whatever I could. I was given a list of tasks to do the evening before for the next day.
I have developed my skills on Excel alot, and have been taught lots of shorthand tricks and tips for carrying out numerical and administrative tasks much more efficiently. Furthermore, given that I worked with a wide range of people from different areas and seniority, I have been able to improve my communciation skills, which will aid me in the future.
It was very useful learning about the potential roles. But day to day, my main streams of contact were from people in my department. If I was offered to stay on, it would be in the department I am currently in, so the potential roles in different fields isn't necessarily the most useful unless I planned to work elsewhere or a few years into KPMG.
As everything was online, there wasn't really opportunity to socialise and gage what the atmosphere was like, as you would in a face-to-face environment. However, all the people I worked with were extremely friendly, and more than happy to help out whenever I had questions or difficulties in the work I was doing.
I enjoyed my insight alot, and found the experience very useful in developing my personal and academic skills further. I wish the insight had been a bit longer, as 4 weeks meant that once you got the hang of the processes and the workload, the scheme was soon coming to an end.
Don't worry if you don't think you have the correct degree or skillsets. When you go in, they expect the vacation students to not really know anything about the field and are happy to teach you the ropes.
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Central London and City
27th July 2021