Our People: Georgina
Studied English Literature, R.E. and Music Technology at A-level before joining our KPMG360° Business Services Apprenticeship Programme.
Why did you choose KPMG?
“One of the first things that set KPMG apart for me was the application process. It was a much more supportive process than I’d experienced before. You’re not put on the spot, they just want you to answer to your best ability and to be yourself. That’s when I started to think that KPMG might be the place for me.
I originally wanted to be a dance teacher, but I realised that could be an evening job, so that’s when I looked into the option of doing an apprenticeship. The Business Services apprenticeship at KPMG seemed to be full of opportunities – in an amazing firm that really looks after its people.”
What qualifications are you working towards?
“I’m studying for the Level 3 NVQ in Business Administration. We get loads of support, including time off to study to help us manage our workload. I’ll be finishing my apprenticeship in a couple of months and then I’ll start thinking about where to specialise.”
What do you do on a day-to-day basis?
“I am part of a team that supports our business – depending on the project I’m working on, this could be anything from working with recruitment, assisting client facing colleagues or taking on the role of the team administrator – which really allows me to get to know the work we do from the inside out,
I’ve been involved in quite a few things beyond my day-to-day role too. I’ve been back to my school to talk about my experience, and I attended the National Apprenticeship Show as a representative of the firm - the year before I’d actually been there looking for an apprenticeship myself, and this time I was there to tell people about what I’ve been doing as an apprentice. There’s so much to get involved in – I’m even going to be abseiling from the top of the KPMG building for charity soon!”
What advice would you give to someone thinking of joining the Apprenticeship programme?
If you’re looking to go into a wide ranging business role, an apprenticeship with KPMG is a fantastic alternative to university. You get the right qualifications, and a head start in your career with all the experience you gain from working whilst you learn.
The best thing about working at KPMG as an apprentice is the people I’ve met. Networking is something I was really apprehensive about before I joined, but it’s so easy at KPMG. People are interested in what you’re up to and always happy to help. That’s given me so much more confidence to ask questions. A couple of years ago, if I’d had to phone someone about an issue, I’d have been really nervous. Now I think nothing of it.”