- Name: Vanessa
- Role: Audit Empowered Graduate
- Degree: International Business Management
“I can definitely recommend joining KPMG as a graduate. You get the full
package of achieving a qualification, working for a global network of
firms and meeting lots of amazing people.”
Vanessa was born in Germany, where she studied International Business
Management with a focus on Finance. She chose to join us not only
because she wanted to work in audit, but because she’d also heard about
the diversity of our people.
“I joined KPMG on the Audit Empowered Programme. Essentially, that
means I go to work every day and, in amongst that, I study. The ultimate
aim is to become a qualified accountant. You can opt for the Intensive
Programme too, which is where you go to college to study intensively for
the first year instead.
What I most enjoy about my programme is that it's varied. Every day
is different. When I go to work, I never know exactly what I’ll do. I
also like that I'm learning so much every day. It's sometimes
overwhelming, but it challenges me in a good way.
“The training here is so broad. Outside of Audit, I’ve been able to
learn about the banking industry, building societies, insurance and
everything about the financial sector. It’s really useful and I’ve
definitely grown in confidence.”
For me, the most exciting experience so far has been working on an
audit from start to finish. It was a great opportunity to learn, and
really get to grips with what was going on and what everyone does. And
after months of preparation and hard work, it was really fulfilling to
see everything come to a close.
Technology is a big focus for our firm, and for Audit. We have some
dedicated departments that deal with audit technology. We collaborate
with them – they can literally take a whole dataset and evaluate it for
us. It’s obviously a big advantage when it comes to ensuring the quality
of the audit.
The people here are very friendly. I've not yet met someone who isn’t
willing to help or support me. It's very open, and I feel like if I were
to have an issue or if I needed to talk, there’s always someone who I
could talk to.
I also really like that people here enjoy working together and value
the firm. KPMG supports people to be themselves – they really accept you
the way you are.”