IFSDG: How long have you worked
Anna: I've worked for KPMG for 7
IFSDG: How many people work at
Anna: KPMG operates in 156 countries
worldwide, employing over 150,000 people. Within the UK,
KPMG has 22 offices and over 11,000 employees. The Glasgow
office currently has over 500 staff working in the city centre.
IFSDG: What opportunities are
there for school leavers in Glasgow with KPMG?
Anna: Within KPMG, there are some
fantastic opportunities for current school leavers looking
for an alternative path to university and college.
I am currently on KPMG360°, a rotational programme allowing me
to gain an insight into audit, tax and advisory services over four
years, whilst working towards a technician level qualification.
After that I will choose my specialism and go on to study for my
professional qualification. This means I will potentially be at
assistant manager level in six years which is a really exciting,
There is also the Audit School and College Leaver Programme for
students looking to gain a degree in Accountancy and work at KPMG -
this allows students to gain business experience and work whilst
studying; getting the best of both worlds, being paid a salary and
getting to enjoy half your year as a student.
Finally, for those still at school and currently in S5 there is
the KPMG Discovery Programme, an insight programme offering a 3-day
work experience opportunity over the summer in our Glasgow office
(where I work!).
IFSDG: What's a typical day for
Anna: I often assist my team with a
variety of clients, so no two days are really the same! Some of the
work I've been involved in previously is; calling HMRC on behalf of
clients, replying to client queries, taking notes from client calls
and writing reports for clients. Despite being an apprentice, I was
thrown straight into the deep end when I started and I'm always
involved in a lot of client work.
IFSDG: Three good things about
working in Glasgow?
Anna: It's great how central everything
is, everyone is really friendly and it's a really nice city!
IFSDG: What is your biggest
business achievement to date?
Anna: Drafting a reply to a client
regarding a technical query, which was checked by an assistant
manager and sent out with no changes made.
IFSDG: What did you want to be
when you were a child?
Anna: I think I thought about every
career under the sun before I finally studied accounting at high
school and decided it was for me.
IFSDG: What do you do to relax
away from the office?
Anna: I usually go to the gym, chill with
my friends, or go shopping!
IFSDG: I-Phone or
IFSDG: Sunshine or
IFSDG: and finally, what
three words sum you up?
Anna: Friendly, Fun and Bubbly