Our People: Mariana

Graduate Trainee - Audit in London

Mariana did her undergraduate degree in Economics at Manchester University, followed by a postgrad in Public Policy at UCL, before joining our Financial Services Audit team in Canary Wharf.

“After I finished my studies, I stayed on to work at my university for a year. I learnt that what I wanted from a job was varied experience, not the same thing over and over.

I started to consider KPMG while I was at uni, after attending an LGBT event for Financial Services. KPMG’s own LGBT employee network, Breathe, attended the event and their representatives were really positive about what things were like at KPMG.

I was drawn to KPMG because promoting LGBT equality in the workplace has always been an interest of mine, but also because the firm offered a good work and study balance. I enjoy studying and gaining qualifications, and KPMG showed it could provide that.

I’ve been in the office for four months and I’ve worked with different clients. It’s everything I’d hoped for.

Everyone here is willing to meet you and talk, at any level of the business. I was interested in a department, and it was very easy to get to know the partners working there on a personal basis. There is a culture of approachability.

“So long as you’re willing to take that first step, everything follows from there.”

I think there are loads of ways to get involved in things at KPMG, you just have to take the initiative and look for the extra opportunities and activities available, and choose what you want to be involved with. It could be a particular charity, or the environment – it’s probably here, and if it isn’t, you can start it.

While I’ve been working at KPMG, I went to loads of events during LGBT history month, and I met lots of new people. Now I’m hosting an LGBT networking event with somebody I met through one of those events. If you have initiative and are willing to step outside your comfort zone, you’re empowered to be your best and feel the benefits of the effort you put in.”

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