Our People: Solveiga
After completing an undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Aberdeen, Solveiga joined the Audit Financial Services team at our Glasgow offices.
“I had a lot of things on my mind when I was choosing a graduate job. I wanted to earn a qualification I could use, but I also wanted responsibility, opportunity to grow and travel, and a culture where the people surrounding me would be helpful and supportive.
I went to lots of company recruitment events and I found the KPMG representatives to be very friendly and approachable. I knew people who worked at their offices and they were upbeat about working at KPMG.
What clinched it for me was that the people I met were open about both the upsides and downsides of working here. That kind of honesty made me feel that the culture at KPMG was different.
Since I have no background in business, economics or accounting, I’ve done lots of training. How to deal with external companies, the fundamentals of audit. It’s required me adopting a totally new mindset.
In my role I get to use KPMG’s eAudit technology platform to assist me. The platform is regularly updated so we can be assured we always have the most up-to-date systems to help us deliver our audit projects in the most effective and efficient way.
KPMG is also welcoming of my different perspective. I come at things from a different angle and managers are always keen to hear my thoughts on things. If you can see a way of doing something better, they want to hear about it.
“On a daily basis, your managers will come up to you to say thanks. The small things really count.”
It makes me feel confident to say that I work at KPMG. The reputation of the firm carries weight. Organisations we audit have faith in us that we are well trained and skilled. People on the street know the name.
When I had a chance to give back, I immediately chose to be involved in the graduate networking side of things. As a student, I found employees at company networking events so helpful. So now I can help students who are thinking about their career options in the same way. I feel like I know exactly the sort of things they are worrying about because I was in that position myself.”