Our People: Rebecca

Graduate Trainee – Technology in London

Rebecca did a degree in Biology at the University of Southampton before joining our Technology Graduate programme in our London office.

“I think a lot of students could probably relate to my story. I loved my degree, but as I neared graduation, I was quite unsure about exactly what I wanted to do afterwards.  KPMG came on my radar because they were very present on campus. They came to a STEM job fair I attended and it was staffed by people with science degrees like mine. They were extremely friendly and full of exactly the sort of information that was relevant for me.

When I applied for the KPMG Technology Graduate Programme, I was primarily interested in hearing more about the world of technology consulting. I knew I wanted to apply my skills to the world outside of Biology, but I wasn’t quite sure how. KPMG were looking for people like me, who have skills in data analysis and experience in process-driven thinking. I was also drawn in by other factors, like the reputation of the KPMG brand and the wide range of experience and training on offer. Things that would stay with me throughout my career.

One thing that marked KPMG out from other places I applied for was that I felt respected the whole way through the application process. They genuinely listened to what I had to say.
I’ve been here for nearly two years. The best part has probably been the genuine friendships I’ve built with people within my cohort. We’re more than colleagues. We hang out together and take trips outside of work, while also acting as each other’s support structure at work.

In my role, I’ve already received a lot of technical training. I’m ISTQB certified and trained in ServiceNow. My manager has helped keep my career development on track. And maybe more important than training for me, KPMG are really good at giving you face-to-face time with clients. Doing is the best learning.

As part of KPMG’s community programmes, I mentor two young girls from lower socio-economic backgrounds, at a local Academy. It means a great deal to me because I came from the same kind of background. To have an employer who believes wholeheartedly that your circumstances shouldn’t dictate your future and actually does something about it - that’s something rare, I think.

If I had any particular advice for potential applicants here, it would be to start looking into the fundamentals of business and commerce. Discover what excites you. Find out what areas align with your skills. Having that sort of general overview and understanding will be helpful for you.”

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