Our People: Josie

Graduate Trainee in Tax – Birmingham

Josie studied Economics at the University of Sheffield before joining our Tax Graduate programme in Birmingham.

“I chose Economics because I wanted to leave things quite open in terms of my future career. I didn’t know what I wanted to do at that point.

People tend to think an Economics degree would be directly relevant to working in Tax at KPMG, but it isn’t really. It doesn’t matter what you’ve studied here. It’s your transferable skills that count – being analytical, being able to process information, and to communicate.

It was meeting people from KPMG at a university event that really made me want to join the firm. The people I spoke to gave me useful advice about making my application stand out. Their willingness to offer help and advice definitely appealed to me.

That helpful approach continues now I’ve joined. People here are just so invested in you – they care about you; they care about supporting you through your exams. The chance to get an accountancy qualification was another big draw for me, and I’m studying for the Chartered Tax Adviser qualification as well.

I like how I’m working alongside some true experts – inspiring people with an incredible level of knowledge. But there’s a fun side to my team too. When I first started, I launched a Friday quiz. Only four people joined in then. Now more than 20 people do it every week. It’s just a bit of fun but it’s great for team bonding and it’s something I’m proud to have got up and running.

I also enjoy meeting college and university students, passing on the advice that was given to me. That’s the most important thing if you’re thinking of joining I think – talking to people, trying to get some work experience and, at the very least, doing some thorough research. That’s the best way to decide which career is really for you.

I’ve loved my time here so far. I enjoy the work which constantly challenges me, and I really like the culture. The people here are brilliant. So much so that it feels like a family – a very big one, but still a family.”

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