Alex

Graduate Trainee - Audit in Nottingham

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Alex studied for a BSc in Biology and Anthropology & MSc in Evolutionary Anthropology at Durham University before joining our Audit department in our Nottingham office.

"When I finished my postgraduate degree, I was thinking about working in the charity or public sector. KPMG offered a way to work with them from a corporate perspective. I’ve been here for two years and I’ve worked across charities, housing associations and the NHS. It was what I hoped for and more.

The skills that I had built during my university courses were in demand for Audit at KPMG. I was already used to data analytics and had computer analysis skills. So even though the subjects are completely different, what I’d learnt at university was transferable.

“KPMG offer strong support networks and work-life balance. They understand you’re a person as well as an employee.”

There were a few factors that drew me to KPMG. Firstly, they have an office in Nottingham which is where I wanted to live, and they also have offices all over the country, so I have the freedom to move later on if I want to pursue that path. KPMG offer strong support networks and work-life balance. They understand you’re a person as well as an employee. In Audit, I’m frequently in training of some kind and I’m often working towards exams. It’s like a more varied form of university.

One of the best things about working here is the level of feedback you receive. You’ll get it regularly, from colleagues and there is a formal feedback system too. There is a culture of recognition. Extra effort, even on small things, is recognised and appreciated."

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