Our People: Rebecca
Graduate Trainee - Audit in Reading
Rebecca joined the Audit team at our Reading office after graduating with a BA in History from Royal Holloway.
“When I was considering where I wanted to start my career, I focused on finding somewhere that was committed to investing in their people.
After reading online and talking to people I know, KPMG’s name came up often. Their values came across to me when I met existing employees, and I felt that they took the time to find out more about me. It felt like a natural fit.
Ever since joining, I’ve had training on a very regular basis. It’s really well tailored to what stage you are in your progression and anticipates when you might be heading to the next level.
One thing about working in the Reading office, which is smaller than some other KPMG offices, is that we have sessions where we get taught skills specific to our office needs.
“KPMG doesn’t just listen to your thoughts, it makes real changes because of them.”
There is very open communication here. Not just with your peers, but to managers and even senior partners. There’s always free discussion on how we can be doing better. That’s something I like. If you aren’t sure about something, you feel comfortable speaking up.
I have had the opportunity to develop my skills by using data analytics technology in my role. At KPMG, we are encouraged to learn every day, so increasingly my colleagues and I are learning to use either KPMG created, or external technology, that can help us drive the best and most informed results for our clients.
I work in a very social and charitable department, we go out a lot. The people in this office are involved in a range of Corporate Responsibility activities like camping out on the street overnight for a homeless charity, helping people with CVs, and coaching school children in reading. It doesn’t feel like it’s all business, all the time.
There’s a common misconception that you need to have done a business, economics, accounting or numbers based degree to work here. But there are a lot of other transferable skills that KPMG looks for and values — communication, willingness to challenge, ambition. Those can come from any degree background.”