Our People: Saniyah

What are you enjoying most about the KPMG360° programme?

I enjoy being able to rotate between the different departments at KPMG, gaining in-depth experience of each function. I’ve enjoyed gaining knowledge and skills; they will help me choose which department I will specialise in from my 4th year onwards on the programme.

Furthermore, I am able to drive my own career and choose which departments I want to gain
experience in.

How involved are you with KPMG beyond your day to day role?

I’m involved in a couple of networks such as the Islamic Society and the KPMG Network of Women (KNOW). Being part of both networks has opened different opportunities to me, and I’ve been able to meet people who I may work with in future placements. I am also the Leeds representative for the Islamic Society and I’ve had this role for about a year now.

I’ve organised networking events and helped the network to grow whilst promoting inclusion and diversity within the firm. This has also helped me to meet so many people from different offices, and share my experiences on the KPMG360° programme.

What skills have you been able to develop on the programme?

Balancing my time between studying towards a professional qualification and client work has helped me prioritise and manage my time better, which I know will be a vital skill once I’m qualified. I feel like my confidence has grown immensely and I have been given many opportunities to develop as a person, for example giving presentations or with the client work and societies I’m involved in.

Is there any advice you’d give to someone thinking of applying?

I think KPMG360° is a great programme to get involved in if you’re still unsure of what you want to do. You don’t need to have a business or accounting background in order to join KPMG360° because the programme itself is all about gaining experience and learning.

KPMG promotes bringing your whole self to work, so I’d strongly recommend to anyone thinking of applying, to be themselves throughout the application process.

I would also encourage you to be open minded and use the opportunity to try out different departments. I’ve certainly surprised myself with what I actually enjoy and the area I may want to qualify in.

What are your ambitions for after your apprenticeship?

I want to continue working at KPMG and qualify in my chosen department. It will be hard to choose a department, but I know I can get advice from the KPMG360° management team and other
people I meet.

I really enjoy working at KPMG because of its values and culture and I can see myself working here for a long time. I’m using my time now to gain as much experience as I can, as this will strongly help me make an informed choice on the department I’ll specialise in.

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